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About Our School
about our school

Holy Name of Mary Catholic Elementary School opened its doors for the first time in Ancaster in September 1999 when the growth in the Meadowlands saw the student population of St. Joachim Catholic Elementary School in two sites including the grounds of the Sisters of Mary Immaculate on Wilson Street. The first Principal of the school, Mr. Anthony Tigani, was also Principal of St. Joachim School, whose population reached approximately 900 students. As the growth continued a new school was built in the Meadowlands of Ancaster. Mrs. Brenda Hamilton followed as Principal until August 2010. Mr. Gregory J. Tabone was the Principal from September 1, 2010 until February 13, 2015.

St. Joachim Catholic Elementary School, St. Ann's Catholic Elementary School Ancaster, Immaculate Conception Catholic Elementary School along with Holy Name of Mary Catholic Elementary School form the schools which are part of St. Ann, Ancaster Parish located on Wilson Street. The name of the school was selected to honour Mary along with her parents St. Joachim and St. Ann forming a family.

His Excellency Bishop Anthnoy F. Tonnos officially blessed the opening of Holy Name of Mary Catholic Elementary School in the fall of 1999. The current population of the school is at approximately 530 students in the present day with a staff of about 50.

A long standing tradition in the school has been the active and dedicated involvement of parents in the life of the school - as members of the Catholic School Council or as committed volunteers in their children's classrooms. Holy Name of Mary Catholic Elementary School has always extended a helping hand to reach out to others in a variety of ways including the "Little Angels Program", supporting families in need at Christmas time within the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board. In addition, food drives continue to be a vital part of the life of the school by assisting the works of the Good Shepherd Centre and local food banks.

Our School's Motto "Celebrating Faith, Family and Learning", captures the essence of our school, whereby a dedicated staff are committed to provide a faith based education and ensuring that the Mission and Vision of our school and the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board are upheld and lived to the fullest each and every day.

At Holy Name of Mary CES, we believe that as a Catholic school community we are called to create an environment where gospel values are at the heart of our daily activities. We strive to excel in the best of our ability while always being respectful to each other

At Holy Name of Mary CES, we strive to be life-long learners, confident in our abilities and in God’s love for us. We will be positive role models and serve as valuable contributors to society.

At Holy Name of Mary CES, we celebrate Catholicity in everything we do. We recognize equal opportunities for the achievement of all. We strive to be positive role models who show compassion and empathy for one another. We challenge ourselves daily to follow Christ’s teachings in our actions and words.


Eddie the Eagle: Holy Name of Mary Catholic Elementary School's Mascot

Inspired by the quote in Isaiah 40:31 that “The strength of those who wait with hope in the Lord will be renewed and they will soar on wings like eagles,” Eddie the Eagle has been adopted as the mascot of Holy Name of Mary Catholic Elementary School. Our motto at Holy Name of Mary is: Together we celebrate faith, family and learning and as such, our community aspires to let each others’ talents soar like an ascending eagle. In fact, it is our endeavour to let the love, mercy, forgiveness, and wisdom of Christ flow through all we do here. Eddie is emblematic of all these traits and is, thus, an ideal example for us.

Eddie hatched from his egg near Hamilton on March 22, 2013, resulting in a momentous occasion as no eagles had been spotted in this area for over 50 years. Eddie’s birth is a true testament to the restoration work undertaken at RBG and Hamilton Harbour. When he was old enough, Eddie travelled the city searching for a place to call his home. He, finally, built his nest on the Holy Name of Mary Catholic Elementary school grounds in 2015 and became part of our family. Eddie’s choice to nest at our school was certainly a perfect match. At Holy Name of Mary, we have very high expectations for academic and behaviour. Since Eddie has an immense wingspan, he is able to fly to great distances and reach enormous heights. We are, thus, encouraged to fly to heights of perfection through reflection prayer in order to strengthen our relationship with God.

In addition, Eddie, like most eagles, is able to stare into the light of the sun without being blinded. Once again, Eddie prompts us to strive to look at the glory of God in the same way. Eddie sports a body of blue feathers that represent the Virgin Mary after whom
our school is named and Mary’s service to others. His other prominent colour is gold. Gold symbolizes our students, the most precious asset of our school, and the light of knowledge. Finally, we know that Eddie was destined as our mascot as his name Eddie means happy guardian and Holy Name of Mary Catholic Elementary School is certainly a place where everyone feels safe and content.

The next time you are at a school event, and you hear the cry: “Go Eagles, ca caw, ca caw!” Know that it is Eddie the protector, role model and cheerleader of Holy Name of Mary Catholic Elementary School.


Mary, the Mother of God

The Mother, of God, Mother of Jesus, wife of St. Joseph, and the greatest of all Christian saints. The Virgin Mother “was, after her Son, exalted by divine grace above all angels and men”. Mary is venerated with a special cult, called by St. Thomas Aquinas, hyperdulia, as the highest of God’s creatures. The principal events of her life are celebrated as liturgical feasts of the universal Church. Mary’s life and role in the history of salvation is prefigured in the Old Testament, while the events of her life are recorded in the New Testament. Traditionally, she was declared the daughter of Sts. Joachim and Anne. Born in Jerusalem, Mary was presented in the Temple and took a vow of virginity. Living in Nazareth, Mary was visited by the archangel Gabriel, who announced to her that she would become the Mother of Jesus, by the Holy Spirit. She became betrothed to St. Joseph and went to visit her cousin, Elizabeth, who was bearing St. John the Baptist.

Acknowledged by Elizabeth as the Mother of God, Mary intoned the Magnificat. When Emperor Augustus declared a census throughout the vast Roman Empire, Mary and St. Joseph went to Bethlehem, his city of lineage, as he belonged to the House of David. There Mary gave birth to Jesus and was visited by the Three Kings. Mary and Joseph presented Jesus in the Temple, where St. Simeon rejoiced and Mary received word of sorrows to come later. Warned to flee, St. Joseph and Mary went to Egypt to escape the wrath of King Herod. They remained in Egypt until King Herod died and then returned to Nazareth. Nothing is known of Mary’s life during the next years except for a visit to the Temple of Jerusalem, at which time Mary and Joseph sought the young Jesus, who was in the Temple with the learned elders. The first recorded miracle of Jesus was performed at a wedding in Cana, and Mary was instrumental in calling Christ’s attention to the need. Mary was present at the Crucifixion in Jerusalem, and there she was given into John’s care. She was also with the disciples in the days before the Pentecost, and it is believed that she was present at the resurrection and Ascension. No scriptural reference concerns Mary’s last years on earth. According to tradition, she went to Ephesus, where she experienced her “dormition.” Another tradition states that she remained in Jerusalem.

The belief that Mary’s body was assumed into heaven is one of the oldest traditions of the Catholic Church. Pope Pius XII declared this belief Catholic dogma in 1950. The feast of the Assumption is celebrated on August 15. The dogma of the Immaculate Conception - that Mary, as the Mother of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, was free of original sin at the moment of her conception was proclaimed by Pope Pius IX in 1854 . The feast of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated on December 8. The birthday of Mary is an old feast in the Church, celebrated on September 8 since the seventh century. Other feasts that commemorate events in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary are listed in the Appendices. Pope Pius XII dedicated the entire human race to Mary in 1944. The Church has long taught that Mary is truly the Mother of God . St. Paul observed that “God sent His Son, born of a woman," expressing the union of the human and the divine in Christ. As Christ possesses two natures, human and divine, Mary was the Mother of God in his human nature.

This special role of Mary in salvation history is clearly depicted in the Gospel in which she is seen constantly at her son’s side during his soteriological mission. Because of this role exemplified by her acceptance of Christ into her womb, her offering of him to God at the Temple, her urging him to perform his first miracle, and her standing at the foot of the Cross at Calvary Mary was joined fully in the sacrifice by Christ of himself. Pope Benedict XV wrote in 1918: “To such an extent did Mary suffer and almost die with her suffering and dying Son; to such extent did she surrender her maternal rights over her Son for man’s salvation, and immolated him - insofar as she could in order to appease the justice of God, that we might rightly say she redeemed the human race together with Christ” . Mary is entitled to the title of Queen because, as Pope Pius XII expressed it in a 1946 radio speech, “Jesus is King throughout all eternity by nature and by right of conquest: through him, with him, and subordinate to him, Mary is Queen by grace, by divine relationship, by right of conquest, and by singular election.”

Mary possesses a unique relationship with all three Persons of the Trinity, thereby giving her a claim to the title of Queenship. She was chosen by God the Father to be the Mother of his Son; God the Holy Spirit chose her to be his virginal spouse for the Incarnation of the Son; and God the Son chose her to be his mother, the means of incarnating into the world for the purposes of the redemption of humanity. This Queen is also our Mother. While she is not our Mother in the physical sense, she is called a spiritual mother, for she conceives, gives birth, and nurtures the spiritual lives of grace for each person. As Mediatrix of All Graces, she is ever present at the side of each person, giving nourishment and hope, from the moment of spiritual birth at Baptism to the moment of death. The confidence that each person should have in Mary was expressed by Pope Pius IX in the encyclical Ubipriinum : “The foundation of all our confidence. . . is found in the Blessed Virgin Mary. For God has committed to Mary the treasury of all good things, in order that everyone may know that through her are obtained every hope, every grace, and all salvation. For this is his will, that we obtain everything through Mary.”


Holy Name of Mary Catholic Elementary School Prayer

Holy Mary, Mother of God
Pray for us your children in faith,
That we may be protected from evil and harm.
Your beloved son Jesus is our Saviour and Lord.
We are comforted by his goodness and love.
We rejoice in your Holy Name.