The Digital Classroom

May 21, 2020

Weekly Update for Families on Catholic Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dear School Families,

Bishop Reed will be celebrating a Memorial Mass for those who have died of COVID-19 on Friday, May 29. People are invited to submit the name of a loved one to be placed on the altar during Mass. Names of loved ones who have passed on, regardless of whether it was due to COVID-19, may also be offered. Click here to submit a name.

In addition, if you did not have the opportunity to watch Sunday's Baccalaureate Mass, which was celebrated by Cardinal Seán, you can still watch it here.

This Monday, we prayerfully remember all who have given the ultimate sacrifice when defending our country. The USCCB offers this prayer for Memorial Day.

In Christ,


Thomas W. Carroll

Superintendent of Schools

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston

Reflection of the Week

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Updated CDC Guidelines for Schools

This week the CDC released updated guidelines for schools. These guidelines will affect how schools look when they reopen in the fall, whether public, charter or Catholic. School leaders, teachers and parents should read closely. Though state guidelines might be even more specific, this is a look at the national level. You can read them here.

Stopping the Spread: Student Scientists in Action - An Archdiocesan Essay Contest

We are thrilled to invite your child — Ages 2.9 - Grade 8 — to participate in the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Writing Contest: Stopping the Spread: Student Scientists in Action. In this contest, your child will create a public service announcement for their peers that explains how to stay safe during a virus outbreak.

The contest was created by Rhonda Eaton, fifth-grade teacher from Saint John Paull II Catholic Academy, Lower Mills Campus, and Theresa O'Neill, CSO science consultant. They differentiated the contest for all grade levels!

Entries are due back to the CSO by May 27, and on June 19, The Museum of Science will host a live 30 min webinar to announce the winners. There will be one winner per category.

To learn more, including the guidelines for each grade, visit our news page at

Faith Resources for the Domestic Church

  • FREE Catholic LoveLife Conference: May 22-24, 2020: More than 70 speakers will offer free, short, and impactful presentations for teens, single young adults, married couples, and parents. Fortify your home and rediscover the beauty and goodness of God's plan for human love in your life! Speakers include Jason & Crystalina Evert, Chris Stefanick, Matt Fradd, Sarah Swafford, Sr. Bethany Madonna, SV and more! REGISTER HERE!

Today's COVID-19 Briefings from the Government