St. Mary's School
Sunday, May 3, 2020
Happy May! I hope you've all had the chance to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend has brought us.
May is the month dedicated to the devotion of Mary, Our Mother. In His letter to the faithful for the month of May, Pope Francis encourages us to "rediscover the beauty of praying the rosary at home." As Pope Francis reminds us, the key to praying the rosary is always simplicity, and it is easy enough to find models for praying the rosary on the internet. When I pray the rosary, I often follow along to a recording of Father Ted Hesburgh and students from Notre Dame (follow link here for sample).
One of our great devotions as a parish and school community has always been the Crowning of Mary at the beginning of May. Though we won't have the opportunity to pray and reflect together in person this year, this coming week our first and fourth grade classes will begin preparing a Virtual Crowning of Mary that will be shared with our community as soon as it is completed. We're looking forward to what they come up with!
Wishing you all a wonderful Sunday and a great week ahead.
Mr. Christopher Beza
In This Issue
Sunday Mass at St. Mary's
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Student Personal Belongings
CARES Act Petition
Resources for Supporting Your Children
Sunday Mass - All Are Welcome
Today we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter. We hope you will join Father Shawn as he live streams Mass from St. Mary's Church at 10:00 am on Sunday, April 26. The live stream will be coordinated through Zoom and can be accessed by clicking this link. The link to the live stream can also be accessed on the home page of the parish website (www.stmarysmelrose.org).
Fourth Sunday of Easter
As I read through today's readings, the first two sentences of the second reading especially resonated with me. In the first Letter of Peter, we read:
If you are patient when you suffer for doing what is good,
this is a grace before God.
For to this you have been called,
because Christ also suffered for you,
leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps.
When I think about our current circumstances, keeping in mind the call from Governor Baker and state officials to practice social distancing and respect stay-at-home orders, I know it falls under the category of "doing what is good." Yet at times I struggle to achieve the patience Peter is referring to. But as Peter reminds us, our suffering for what is good and our patience as we do so can lead to grace. As we continue through these uncertain times, we pray for the patience and grace Peter speaks of, and we join together as a community to pray for all those who are suffering and those who care for them. In Jesus' name, we pray.
Students' Personal Belongings
Your Help Is Needed - CARES Act Petition
As Governor Baker considers the use of Coronavirus Economic Relief Funds for schools in Massachusetts, we hope you will join us by signing a petition (link below) requesting that Catholic schools receive equitable participation in the distribution of federal funds within the CARES Act.
Since the middle of March, our teachers and hundreds of other Catholic school teachers within the Archdiocese of Boston have been connecting with students and caregivers through remote learning environments where a sense of community and faith-filled learning continues at home. Catholic schools, as well as their dedicated teachers and students, deserve equal participation in relief funding opportunities.
We are grateful to the Lynch Foundation for working directly with Governor Baker, Secretary Peyser, and Commissioner Riley to assist Catholic schools with accessing their fair share of these funds.
To ensure that Catholic schools receive equitable consideration, we hope you will complete and submit the Private School Support in CARES Act petition today. For those who have already responded to this call to action, thank you!
Sign the petition to Governor Baker by clicking here: https://forms.gle/SbQLsZx9fLxRcTXM7
Thank you for your help with this important effort.
Resources for Supporting Your Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Below please find a list of resources you may find helpful as you support your children through this difficult time.
- Dr. Ashley Miller, Helping Children and Teens Cope with Social Isolation
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
- Psychology Today, How to Talk to Kids and Teens About the Coronavirus
- Dr. Nancy Rappaport: What Cancer Taught Me About Navigating a Pandemic
- Dr. Robert Brooks: Resilience in the Face of COVID-19
- National Association of School Psychologists: Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19
- Joanna's Place: Tips to Help Families through the Coronavirus Crisis