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.


Sincerely,

Mr. Christopher Beza

Principal

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).

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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:

Beloved:

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

With the sudden dismissal on Friday, March 13 we know many of our students still have personal belongs in their desks, classrooms, and lockers. We are in the process of gathering and organizing students' personal items so we can return them to you. Many thanks to our faculty/staff members who are not teaching remotely on a daily basis for volunteering to coordinate this project. The current plan is to coordinate pick-up of these personal items during the week of May 18. Once we have further details regarding the pick-up process, we will share them with you.

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.