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Weekly Update May 4, 2020

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

(Romans 15:13)

Catholic Education Week: May 3-9

Catholic Education Week is an annual celebration of Ontario’s publicly funded Catholic schools.  This year, it takes place between May 3rd – May 8th and the theme for the week is Igniting Hope.  

This theme reminds us that, regardless of our role – staff member, student, or parent – we are united in our call to serve and to share Christ’s message of hope. If you would like to participate in CEW at home, there are resources for you to download here: http://www.goodnewsforall.ca/

This year Catholic Education Week takes on particular significance because the Holy Father, Pope Francis has recognized Ontario’s celebration of Catholic schools and has extended a special blessing for the first-ever Catholic Education Week province-wide Mass.

Province-wide Mass

His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins will be celebrating the province-wide Catholic Education Week Mass scheduled for Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. EST. All families are invited to participate “virtually” in this celebration of the Eucharist by clicking on the following link at the scheduled time: CEW MASS STREAM

Bishop Crosby will also be live-streaming a special Mass from St. Patrick’s Parish in Hamilton on Friday, May 8 at 11 am. You can watch the Mass on the St. Patrick’s website here: https://stpats.online.church/

Staff Appreciation

This year, for Catholic Education Week, we decided it was a great opportunity to let our staff know how much we appreciate them and how much we miss being together. Thank you to all of the families who contributed to our video project.

To the Staff at St. Andrew School – This is for YOU

**If the video won’t play, please use this link

https://safeyoutube.net/w/c7WA

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day takes place on Sunday, May 10th. While this is a particularly stressful time for everyone, we know that our mothers are being challenged in ways that they have never been challenged before. Debbie Frey and the ladies at Mary Mother of God will be offering a special Novena for our mothers this month. To learn more, please watch this video message that Debbie has made for our moms.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Catholic Education Week always coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week. For a calendar of themes for each day, and a list of the resources available to us in Halton, please see the documents below. You can also follow the hashtags #HCDSBSelfCare and #HCDSBMentalHealthWeek.

New to Kindergarten in 2020-2021

Online registrations for Kindergarten are still being accepted even though the school is closed. Parents and guardians interested in registering can follow the process through the school website here: https://elem.hcdsb.org/standrew/2020/04/part-1-of-kindergarten-registration-av

Special Mass for Our Grade Two Students

On Saturday, May 9th, and 11:00 am, Fr. Issac will be live-streaming a special Mass as an offering for all of our Grade 2 students who are waiting to receive their First Communion. Debbie Frey is asking that all of our Grade 2 students draw a picture of the Eucharist, and place it in their bedroom window. Thank you to the many parents who have already sent in their photos; to date, she has received over 60 photos! Take a photo of the Eucharist picture in your child’s window and email it to Debbie at youth.mmogp@bellnet.ca. The pictures will be incorporated into the special Mass being held just for them.

To watch the Mass with your family, go to the Mary Mother of God Parish website and click the “Livestream” button at the top of the menu on Saturday, May 9th, at 11:00 am.

A Message from our Diocese

All of the churches in the Diocese of Hamilton are currently closed. However, while we cannot gather for Mass, our priests continue to celebrate Mass privately for the intentions of the faithful. Many of our parishes, including Mary Mother of God, are regularly live streaming Sunday Masses and special Masses for us as well. But without our weekly offerings, our churches are suffering. Please consider supporting our church with your donations through this period of closure. To learn more please visit: https://hamiltondiocese.com/stewardship-and-development/supportmyparish

School Yearbooks

Despite the current situation we find ourselves in, we have enjoyed so many wonderful memories at St. Andrew this year. Our Yearbook Committee is still committed to providing a school yearbook for our 2019-2020 school year and they feel that it is important to include memories of this time while we are apart though together in spirit. We are inviting families to share their photos of the activities and learning that is taking place at home. Please send your photos to boulosl@andr.myhcdsb.org if you would like to have them considered for our school yearbook.

Beginning next week, you will be able to purchase your yearbook through School CashOnline.

September 2020

If your children will not be returning to St. Andrew in September, please email Mrs. Cerqueira at CerqueiraD@hcdsb.org to let our office staff know as soon as possible. This information will be helpful to us as we begin to consider our classes for next year. We appreciate your help and support.

Together We Feed Kids

We know that for many of our families, circumstances may have changed drastically over the last several weeks. Agencies in Halton have been working with our school board to help families who find themselves in need. Please see the information below about sources of food and meals in Halton, and please reach out to us if we can help support your family. We are here for you even though the school building is closed!

Weekly Update May 4, 2020