To all the parents and students of our Catholic Schools in St. Mary’s of the Visitation Parish, I hope everyone is keeping well and are are safe. This is an unrepresented time we are going through. We have all needed to adapt in this Pandemic in ways a few months ago we could not imagine. Catholic education has adapted too under the circumstance. Teaching is now on line, students learn from home, and parents are confronted with another layer of technology. Everyone from principals, teachers, parents and students are doing their best under the present circumstances.

I was personally very impressed at how fast the schools adapted to the Covid – 19 Pandemic. With very limited time our Catholic schools managed to take a system that was designed on the principle of communal teaching and within a very short time set it up for every student to learn by way of computers in their own home. Teachers adapted, and students adapted to a new reality. I have heard from parents that this change is also a challenge for them as well.

We all look forward to our Catholic schools reopening in the future. St. Mary’s Church will work with the schools to do what we can for the parents and students. We were fortunate that our Confirmations were moved from April to January of this year and that our students in grade 7 received the fullness of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation. Unfortunately his pandemic has disrupted Holy Communion Services across the diocese. I appreciate the concern that all of the parents have regarding the loss is most sacred occasion.

I want to acknowledge the work of our principals, teachers in our catholic Schools for their dedication and work. Please be reassured that St. Mary’s Parish will work with the principals, and teachers in our catholic schools address your children’s spiritual needs. I want to thank our principals , teachers for their continuing dedication in this challenging times. My God bless each one of you.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Robert Love