Throughout history, in times of uncertainty, we have looked to the Holy Spirit for guidance and have relied on our children’s teachers and our pastors for support, comfort and to promote a sense of hope in the future. With COVID-19, our Catholic schools and parishes have had a unique opportunity to help provide that sense of hope and normalcy to our families. The education during this time goes far beyond a lesson. The work done by our teachers and staff at this time have been very important to our families and our greater community.
As we wrap up our first week of e-learning and enter our fourth week of Lent, I hope you will enjoy some of the inspirational stories of God’s light shining in our community:
On Friday, March 13th, the announcement was made that all schools would close. Fast forward 72 hours, 65 faculty members and 37 learning sessions came together for a first-ever, teacher-led, E-learning conference to support one another and learn new skills. One of the best quotes of the day came from Jeffrey Botteron, “If we are going to be prepared to implement a whole new model of learning, we have to let our teachers lead the way. We asked them to tap into their creativity, and they did not disappoint.”
School Lunch for All
Thursday we announced a partnership with Chartwells to provide free lunch for ALL LCSS families age 18 and under, starting Friday, March 20th. Today 235 meals were made and delivered to our families at no cost to them.
Pivoting to E-learning brought on more challenges than just creating new lessons. Our community felt it was critical that all students, regardless of income or location, have access to the internet. Our technology team developed partnerships with local providers to ensure families were connected by a provider or free HotSpot that were personally delivered to their homes.
Keeping the Faith
LCSS leveraged technology and our theology teachers, parishes, and Campus Ministry to keep students and families engaged and connected in prayer and faith. The schools have live-streamed Stations of the Cross and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Katlyn Patterson (freshman Theology) and Caitie Beardmore (senior Theology & campus ministry also created a guide for watching streaming Masses as a family.
The level of creativity being produced by our faculty and staff is nothing short of astonishing. I wish I could share it all, but thought I would share a couple of highlights.
Please join me in prayer as Pope Francis has called upon us to do:
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope. We entrust ourselves and the health of the sick to you. 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.