For to you has been granted, for the sake of Christ, not only to believe in him
but also to suffer for him. - Philippians 1:29
All of the sudden families are finding themselves with a lot a family time on their hands. This can be a great blessing as you spend time together. Let’s be honest though, it can also be a time of some stress that can call for a good deal of patience.
While this certainly affords the time for some shared family prayer which I wholeheartedly encourage, I also encourage people in the midst of all this to stop and have some fun with their children. Play a board game, cards or watch a wholesome program together on television.
Pope Francis has shared that sometimes while hearing confessions, he will ask parents, do you ever waste time with your children. To waste some time with one’s children, to simply do something for the fun of it, can create a wonderful memory for them. I would add that “wasting time” with your children will be time well spent.
The same can hold true for husbands and wives. Perhaps this is an opportunity to “waste some time” together. Again, this will be time well spent.
This also holds true for prayer, when we seem “to waste time” with God. That too is time well spent.
Another idea is to call, Facetime or Skype with friends and relatives, especially elderly ones who find it even harder to get out.
There are a number of us, myself included, who live alone. This too is an opportunity for us, not just for prayer but for reaching out to others. Just this afternoon I was able to call one my cousins in Italy where the situation is much worse.
I don’t know how long this will last but I am already sad knowing that I won’t see people at Mass this weekend. Father Randy, Father Andrew and I continue to celebrate daily Mass privately and remember all of you. We hope to have some prayer resources posted soon. Let us continue to bear this cross together, and let even what we are suffering become a type of prayer.
With continued prayers,
Father Joe Cisetti
Dear St. Therese School families,
Thank you again for your patience and support as we navigate these new and trying times. On the recommendation of Mayor Quintin Lucas and the Diocesan School Office, St. Therese School will shift to remote learning after Spring Break. We are uncertain about the length of time we will be delivering instruction in this way, but it will likely be at least until April 3rd. As the situation continues to develop, we will communicate changes as we know them.
We understand the weight of this decision. We respect that this is a disruption for your family and we hope you will understand our desire to communicate now in order to give you time to make arrangements to provide a home-learning environment for your child during the upcoming school closure.
The teachers, staff and I have been preparing for this shift to remote learning should it happen. We will share details soon about the date when remote learning will begin. You will be hearing from individual teachers about instructional plans and learning activities which will address the learning standards for each grade level during our homebound school time.
If you or someone in your household is diagnosed with COVID-19, or become aware that you have been in contact with someone who has a presumptive or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, I ask you to inform me as soon as possible.
We will be planning for a parent pick up day of student materials soon. More information about this pickup day will be forthcoming.
As always, we appreciate our community’s support and cooperation. You can assist us by remaining vigilant but sensible in your approach to dealing with this health concern. As you know, we are the greatest influence on our children’s reactions to these types of events. In these coming days, let us continue to turn towards Christ for care and comfort.