Our Parishes

St. Charles School is affiliated with St. Alexander Parish, where we celebrate mass on a regular basis. The parish serves the Catholic communities of both Chelmsford and Azilda.

St. Alexander's Church
100 Gaudette St.
Box 1838
Chelmsford, ON
P0M 1L0

Phone: (705) 855-2525
Fax: (705) 855-8706

Priest: Fr. Ken Gauthier

St. Bartholemew

30 Church St.
Box 650
Levack, ON
P0M 2C0
Phone: (705) 966-3762
Fax: (705) 966-0820

Priest: Fr. Robert (Bob) Bourgon

Distinctively Catholic

St. Charles Catholic School provides a learning and character development environment where Catholic values, teachings and beliefs form an integral part of daily life.  The school is part of St. Alexander’s parish, with Father Bon providing wonderful support to the school community.
At St. Charles School:

  • We celebrate Mass at school and at the Church
  • We assist with Sacramental Preparation (Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation)
  • We have daily Catholic Religion classes and Christian Family Life Programs
  • We have Liturgical celebrations throughout the year
  • Our strong Catholic values are recognized and praised during our Student/Virtue of the month assemblies
  • We Celebrate Catholic Education Week

Faith at St. Charles School

St. Charles school is a place with a “listening heart”.  As a school community we listen to God’s word, and try to discern where it is leading us, both as individuals and as a school community. We listen to students, teachers, staff, and parents. The Holy Spirit is both guide and comforter throughout our day. Respect for all is a keystone of our school community. As educators and parents we work together to develop well- rounded and grounded children. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to work closely with the parish priest of St. Alexander’s. He celebrates, with the school community, with mass and liturgies on a regular basis and assists in the sacramental preparation of our students. Partnerships with school and family are an essential component in the development of our students.
St. Charles School is also the English Catholic School for the communities of Dowling, Levack, Onaping and Cartier, which are all under the umbrella of St. Bartholomew Parish of Levack, yet each community has its own church and weekend Mass service. Its parish priest is Father Robert (Rob) Bourgon. The church names are as follows:

  • St. Etienne-Martyr Church in Dowling
  • St. François-Xavier Church in Cartier

For more information, visit the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie website at

St. Charles School teaches “Monthly Virtues”:

September – Respect
October - Faith
November  - Justice
December - Patience
January - Peace
February - Compassion
March - Honesty
April - Stewardship
May - Empathy
June - Forgiveness

Each grade at St. Charles School focuses on a Catholic theme and an Essential Question.

JK / SK           Where is God?
Grade 1          Who is God?
Grade 2          How are we members of God’s Family?
Grade 3          Who is the Holy Spirit?
Grade 4          What does Jesus ask of us?
Grade 5          How do we live in Community?
Grade 6          How do we live in accordance with God’s will?
Grade 7          What is our story?
Grade 8          Wow are we Church in the world?

Our Patron Saint: St. Charles Boromeo

Charles was the son of Count Gilbert Borromeo and Margaret Medici, sister of Pope Pius IV. He was born at the family castle of Arona on Lake Maggiore, Italy on October 2nd.

He received the clerical tonsure when he was twelve and was sent to the Benedictine abbey of SS. Gratian and Felinus at Arona for his education. He refused the headship of the Borromeo family on the death of Count Frederick Borromeo, was ordained a priest in 1563, and was consecrated bishop of Milan the same year. Before being allowed to take possession of his see, he oversaw the catechism, missal, and breviary called for by the Council of Trent.

When he finally did arrive at Trent (which had been without a resident bishop for eighty years) in 1556, he instituted radical reforms despite great opposition, with such effectiveness that it became a model see. He put into effect, measures to improve the morals and manners of the clergy and laity, raised the effectiveness of the diocesan operation, established seminaries for the education of the clergy, founded a Confraternity of Christian Doctrine for the religious instruction of children and encouraged the Jesuits in his see.

He increased the systems to the poor and the needy, was most generous in his help to the English college at Douai, and during his bishopric held eleven diocesan synods and six provincial councils. He founded a society of secular priests, Oblates of St. Ambrose (now Oblates of St. Charles) in 1578, and was active in preaching, resisting the inroads of protestantism, and bringing back lapsed Catholics to the Church. He encountered opposition from many sources in his efforts to reform people and institutions.

He died at Milan on the night of November 3-4, and was canonized in 1610. He was one of the towering figures of the Catholic Reformation, a patron of learning and the arts, and though he achieved a position of great power, he used it with humility, personal sanctity, and unselfishness to reform the Church, of the evils and abuses so prevalent among the clergy and the nobles of the times. His feast day is November 4th.


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