Spring gala helps keep Christianity in Catholic schools

Tyler Clarke
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The St. Joseph Youth Choir performs at Saturday’s Prince Albert Catholic Foundation Spring Gala and Silent Auction, at St. Mary High School. 

Christian education remains strong in Prince Albert, with Saturday finding hundreds of people keen on supporting Bible-based education.


St. Mary High School’s cafeteria was packed with people on Saturday night for the Prince Albert Catholic Education Foundation’s annual Spring Gala and Banquet.

The evening event raised about $9,000, foundation executive director Jeanne Szypula-Oleksuik said on Sunday.

“We’re a non-profit organization, and what we do is we enhance and support the Catholic education in our schools,” she explained, adding that the foundation helps out all Catholic schools in the city.

The government does not fund special Christian education efforts within school, she added, making organizations such as the Prince Albert Catholic Foundation a necessity.

“We support the Catholic education in our Catholic schools by funding different faith-orientated projects in the schools, like sending children to retreats or providing busing to send them to the church.”

One particularly special annual effort the foundation helps out with is Rivier Academy’s Grade 11 class trip to Europe, with a small group of students heading out every Easter break -- a trip Szypula-Oleksuik describes as “a faith-filled experience.”

We’re a non-profit organization, and what we do is we enhance and support the Catholic education in our schools. Jeanne Szypula-Oleksuik

Saturday’s Spring Gala and Silent Auction is the organization’s biggest public event of the year.

In addition to this event, the foundation sells raffle tickets in the “Schools Win Twice” lottery.

Half of the proceeds go directly to the school while the other half goes to the foundation into a funding pool that schools can apply for to help pay for faith-based projects.

The foundation divvies out about $20,000 per year.

For more information about the organization, visit their website, online at


Organizations: Prince Albert Catholic Education Foundation, Mary High School, Rivier Academy

Geographic location: Europe

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