St. Alphonsus is one of four Catholic Elementary Schools within the Christ the Teacher Catholic School Division #212 located in the city of Yorkton. St. Mary’s, St. Michael’s and St. Paul’s are the three remaining elementary schools, and high school age students attend Sacred Heart High School. Also within our school division are St. Henry’s Junior and St. Henry’s Senior in the city of Melville, as well as, St. Theodore in the town of Theodore. St. Alphonsus School is located at 81 Henderson Street East. The school, along with her sister school, St. Mary’s, were the first Catholic Elementary Schools in Yorkton – opening their doors in 1959. Rev. Sister Geraldine O.S.U. (Ursuline Sisters of Prelate) served as the school’s first principal.
Presently, St. Alphonsus School is a Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8 educational facility that serves the north and northwest areas of Yorkton. St. Al’s offers complete Saskatchewan Core Curriculum programming supplemented with special programs to meet the spiritual, academic and extra-curricular needs of our students.
St. Alphonsus is an integral part of the family, community and church. Our school has a newly formed School Community Council active in assisting in educational planning and supporting student learning success and well being. Our school is also fortunate to be supported by both St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Parish and St. Gerard’s Roman Catholic Parish which allows for enrichment of our faith in two catholic rites – Byzantine and Roman.
About St. Alphonsus Liguori
Born to the nobility, he was a child prodigy, was extremely well-educated, and received his doctorate in law from the UniversityNaples at age 16. He had his own practice by age 21, and was soon one of the leading lawyers in Naples, though he never attended court without having attended Mass first. He loved music, could play the harpsichord, and often attended the opera, though he frequently listened without bothering to watch the over-done staging. As he matured and learned more and more of the world, he liked it less and less, and finally felt a call to religious life. He declined an arranged marriage, studied theology, and was ordained at age 29.
Preacher and home missioner around Naples. Noted for his simple, clear, direct style of preaching, and his gentle, understanding way in the confessional. Writer on asceticism, theology, and history; master theologian. He was often opposed by Church officials for a perceived laxity toward sinners, and by government officials who opposed anything religious. Founded the Redemptoristines women’s order in Scala in 1730. Founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Liquorians; Redemptorists) at Scala, Italy in 1732.
Appointed bishop of Saint Agata dei Gotti by Pope Clement XIII in 1762. Worked to reform the clergy and revitalize the faithful in a diocese with a bad reputation. He was afflicted with severe rheumatism, and often could barely move or raise his chin from his chest. In 1775 he resigned his patron of bishops due to his health, and went into what he thought was a prayerful retirement.
In 1777 the royal government threatened to disband his Redemptorists, claiming that they were covertly carrying on the work of the Jesuits, who had been suppressed in 1773. Calling on his knowledge of the Congregation, his background in theology, and his skills as a lawyer, Alphonsus defended the Redemptorists so well that they obtained the king’s approval. However, by this point Alphonsus was nearly blind, and was tricked into giving his approval to a revised Rule for the Congregation, one that suited the king and the antii-clerical government. When Pope Pus VI saw the changes, he condemned it, and removed Alphonsus from his position as leader of the Order. This caused Alphonsus a crisis in confidence and faith that took years to overcome. However, by the time of his death he had returned to faith and peace.
Alphonsus vowed early to never to waste a moment of his life, and lived that way for over 90 years. Declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius IX in 1871.
When he was bishop, one of Alphonsus’s priests led a worldly life, and resisted all attempts to change. He was summoned to Alphonsus, and at the entrance to the bishop’s study he found a large crucifix laid on the threshold. When the priest hesitated to step in, Alphonsus quietly said, “Come along, and be sure to trample it underfoot. It would not be the first time you have placed Our Lord beneath your feet.”
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