Week #3 of Distance Learning

posted Apr 6, 2020, 5:35 PM by Michelle McGarry

Hello St Francis Families, 

It is our hope and prayer that your family and loved ones continue to be healthy as we navigate these unprecedented times together. We hope you are enjoying the blessings of spring as well as finding some peace as you prepare for the coming of Easter. 

Our staff is all healthy and are missing your children, especially so as we journey through Holy Week. It is a special time when we often gather together as a faith-filled community to celebrate the great mysteries of our faith: Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection and your children bring these special times alive for us!

Updates:

You will notice on our school’s website, links to the following information/ resources:

  1. NEW - Online registration for our school’s for next year. Pass the word in the neighbourhood for those families looking to register at St Francis for the next school year!

  2. Family Updates from our Director, Denise Andre - these updates contain a lot of information. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me. 

  3. A link to our Board’s learning resources for students & families  as well as the Ministry Learn at Home suggestions should you be looking for learning experiences in addition to the ones that have been provided by your child’s teachers. 

Extension of School Closures to May 4th:

Due to the extended closure, we are moving to providing five hours of specific distance learning per week. Families are invited to be flexible - to do the amount you can, when you can. Let your teachers know if you have concerns.  Even though the learning is becoming more formalized, we continue to encourage students to read, be physically active and take the time to be mentally well. If your child has a passion, do not hesitate to give them the time to explore it and share their learning with their teachers or myself! If you have a chance, share your creativity on our Flipgrid (Code:******).

 

Distribution of Devices for Families in Need of a Device:

 

Last week, teachers were in contact with all families to ask if  technology is available in your home since this is essential to distance learning. If you are in need and haven’t had a chance to let us know, please let your teacher know ASAP. 

 

At this time the emergency measures do not permit students or parents to enter our schools. Working with Ottawa Public Health, we hope to have a protocol in place by mid-week to safely distribute devices to those families in greatest need. Should this protocol be approved, an email will be sent to each family with a specific pick-up time at the school, tentatively the morning of Thursday, April 9th.

Supports from Divine Infant Parish: A Message from Fr & Holy Week Liturgies

Dear Friends in Christ,

I am writing to you at this time of struggle and uncertainty to reassure you of our prayers and love. Even though our churches and parish offices are closed, the radiance of Christ love and mercy goes beyond the walls of our temples and permeates every heart and reaches out to everyone offering comfort, hope and peace. Let us stay united in prayer and thought. Try to think of a specific name, moment you shared with each other, particular need of your brother or sister and let us pray, pray and once again pray. You can start your own novena, special devotion or you can fast, it can be done together as a group over the phone or internet. We all need to feel God’s presence at this time but we also need to encourage and reassure each other, do it often by all means available to you. All of us here at the rectory keep you in our prayers and in our daily celebration of the Holy Eucharist. 

 Every day I will pray the rosary at 9am for your intentions and well-being. I invite you to join me in this prayer at your own places,  let us create this great spiritual bond of hearts and minds. At the beginning and at the end of your prayer please say this special invocation: 

    Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.

At times of struggle and grave danger Christians everywhere would always turn to God and plead with Him to show mercy and to take the danger away. Dear Friends, stay strong in your faith, stay strong in your love for each other and stay strong in your hope.

“I plead with you--never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.”  St. Pope John Paul II

In Christ,

Fr. Waldemar

 

In an effort to provide for the spiritual welfare of our faith community, Divine Infant will be live streaming the Holy Week liturgies.  The link can be found on our parish website http://www.divineinfant.on.ca or

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvpD-00VukqWiyrTzKEjTDw

God is with us through this ordeal and we hope this opportunity to spend time with him in prayer as a community will provide comfort throughout Holy Week and in the days ahead.

 

Have a blessed Holy Week and joyous Easter. 

May God Bless You and Keep You Safe.


Sincerely,

Michelle McGarry & St Francis Staff


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