“Every act of kindness grows the spirit and strengthens the soul.”
Although we are physically apart, we are doing our best to stay connected using a variety of tech tools. Thank you for sending in pictures for our Twitter feed – please keep sending them in!
A gentle reminder that Fr. Dave is broadcasting the Sunday Mass at 9am on Sundays. The address is: https://www.facebook.com/HCParishGeorgetown. Please note that you don’t need a Facebook account to view the Mass. Scroll down from initial picture of Church and you will see it. It is a live feed at 9 am but is recorded so you can share Mass with your family any time.
First Communions Postponed – a message from the Parish
A number of families have contacted the parish asking about the status of First Communion celebrations this spring. If you have made any plans to celebrate (eg. restaurant reservations, invitations to family from out of town), it would be prudent at this point to cancel those plans and assume that 1st Communions will have to be rescheduled. Although we would like to proceed as planned, the situation is out of our hands as we cooperate in the battle against the spread of COVID-19 and adhere to the mandatory government restrictions placed on public gatherings.
Since the current circumstances are changing so quickly, we have not yet made a decision on the scheduling of First Communions. There is just too much uncertainty at the moment to be able to confirm the current schedule or to re-schedule, although I can say with a high degree of confidence that at least the April dates will need to be rescheduled. As soon as it becomes clear as to when Ontario Public Health will again allow public gatherings, we will make a decision on the schedule for First Communions. Again, at this point I ask you to just assume that the dates of the celebrations will have to be rescheduled.
Be assured of my continued prayers for all of you as we continue to place our trust in God’s hands during this difficult time. ~ Fr. Dave
Support for Families
This is a difficult time in our lives right now. Some families may be struggling. This is understandable and for this reason HALTON FOOD FOR THOUGHT, FOOD FOR LIFE and FOOD 4 KIDS have put together a resource offering support to families. Please click HERE to access the resource. For those families that require support with other basic needs, other than food, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Toltl.
Communication from Teachers
All parents should be receiving communication from their child’s classroom teacher over the next few days (if they have not yet received any). Teachers are in the process of establishing a platform (D2L, Microsoft 365 or Google Classroom) for each of their classes. This is new learning for some of our teachers and your support and patience is greatly appreciated. Some of your children may be very familiar with these platforms, while others may be at the start of this journey. Please reassure them that we are all in this together in this new learning.
Beginning on April 6th, each teacher will be providing supplemental resources to what the Ministry of Education has already provided. In the meantime, the Ministry of Education released their online portal with a variety of educational resources for students and families. If you have not yet had an opportunity to have a look at the resources, they are available at: Ontario.ca/LearnAtHome.
Family Survey- April 2
We are actively working with our school board on a plan that will connect and engage students in teacher-led instruction within a distance learning environment should the school closure be extended beyond April 6. In order to develop this plan, we need to gather some pertinent information regarding Accessibility to Online Learning. We kindly ask that all families take time to complete this important survey by Thursday, April 2.
Holy Cross Tip
With the flurry of media coverage on COVID-19, children may have difficulty coping. Click HERE for some resources families may want to use with their children.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, we all must do our part in maintaining social distancing and in remaining in isolation if we have recently travelled. God calls us to take care of one another in our community and globally and this is a small way, although difficult, of doing just that. Please click HERE for more info on the Coronavirus, and continue to access our Board site for the most accurate updates.
We continue to draw on our faith and offer prayers for the safety and well-being of those who are sick, and those who are working on the frontlines to care for them.
AM Toltl/M. Simon
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