March 27 Email from Mr. Kelly

Dear SJS Catholic School Community,

Thank you, parents, for all you are doing during this time when school is out.  These are crazy times, and unprecedented really.  So your juggling work, the new realities of this virus, and then school work, is very much appreciated.  I am impressed with our parents and our teachers.  We will make our way through this situation and in the end emerge with new skills and an appreciation for the power of home and school working together.
-If you ever are confused about an assignment or work, please email the teacher.  We don’t want anyone feeling confused and our teachers are very polite and professional.  And, don’t miss Virtual Spirit Week next week, an email was sent yesterday with the details.
-The expectation is that learning will continue while school is closed.  That is the expectation of SJS, but also the Catholic Schools Office and the Department of Education.  So, with that in mind, the work we are doing now at home is not optional, it is considered mandatory, and essential for new skills to be learned for when we are all back to normal.
-If you find yourself (or your student) in need of some help from our school counselor Mrs. Laney, feel free to reach out and email her.  She is available and willing to help.
-The parishes are still counting on your Sunday giving.  The churches still have bills to pay.  You can find ways to give online on the parish websites.  These websites have additional info and resources as well.  Thank you for doing all that you can.  And, the Mass for shut-ins can be found on Sunday mornings, 10:30 on WOWT.
-Here is a link that may help as a reminder about how to wash hands appropriately-
Thank you for all you are doing.  I have received no new word about when we might be back together.  So, let’s continue to pray for our school, community, and world.  God Bless and stay safe.
William Kelly
A prayer from Pope Francis-

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.

We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.

At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,

with steadfast faith.

You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.

We are certain that you will provide, so that,

as you did at Cana of Galilee,

joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love,

to conform ourselves to the Father’s will

and to do what Jesus tells us:

He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,

through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.

We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.

Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.