God of Light and Truth, Thank You for giving me a mind that can know and a heart that can love. Help me to keep learning every day of my life, for all knowledge leads to You. Let me be aware of Your presence in all things and at all times. Encourage me when work is difficult and when I am tempted to give up; encourage me when my brain seems slow and the way forward is difficult. Grant me the grace to put my mind to use exploring the world You have created, confident that in You there is a wisdom that is real. Amen.
Remote Learning Continues this week.
Faith & Well-Being Resources
Recognizing that the extension of remote learning will create additional burdens on our families and staff.
Here are a list of supports for families to access during this difficult time:
- School Mental Health Ontario: www.smho-smso.ca.
- Kids Help Phone at 1 (800) 668-6868 or visit KidsHelpPhone.ca for 24/7 support.
- Faith & Well-Being Resources: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/faith-well-being/
Catholic Education Week – May 2nd to May 7th
This year’s Catholic Education Week theme is, “Nurturing Hope.” Please look for information from your classroom teacher as they will be posting activities and messages about what their class will be doing during this week.
St. Matthew Parish
From the Pastor’s Desk… It’s wonderful to be able, finally, to share with you the news that Bishop Crosby has appointed soon-to-be Father Patrick Ohl to serve as our new Associate Pastor. I like being busy, and I draw energy from environments that others might describe as hectic, but I’ll be happy to have some help in ministry and some company at the rectory. Deacon Patrick completed his pastoral year under my supervision while I was at St. Anthony Daniel Parish in Kitchener, and I was thrilled to enthusiastically recommend his advancement in formation. He’s an impressive preacher and has a real heart for ministry and service. A friend already and soon a brother priest, I’m excited to being working with him regardless of when his priestly ordination actually takes place (already delayed once because of the pandemic). It’s a privilege to journey as a parish with newly-ordained clergy, helping them hone skills that will serve communities far and wide throughout the diocese. The vibrancy, diversity and activity of our parish make it an ideal training ground. Summer will be filled with planning and organizing for the upcoming academic/pastoral year; as the pandemic abates, activities new and old will find their way back onto the parish calendar; our newly mandated Finance Council is up and running and a Parish Council is close behind; and we’ll soon begin the process of selecting and welcoming new pastoral staff. All good experiences to participate in for someone new to ministry. Please join me in praying for the newest member of our community…especially that the bishop lets him stay a bit longer than his predecessor!
Please click on the following link for Parish information and the Parish YouTube channel. https://www.saintmatthew.ca/
Register your Child for Kindergarten
Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for your child and for your family! Our school offers a full-day, 2-year Kindergarten program, designed to engage curious early learners through different kinds of play, that help children learn how to reason and problem-solve as they interact with one another. When Can My Child Begin Kindergarten? To register your child to begin Junior Kindergarten (Year 1) in September 2021, your child must be four years old by December 31st, 2021. Children enrolled in Senior Kindergarten (Year 2) must be five years old by December 31st, 2021. For more information on how to register your child: Register Your Child
Attendance will be taken twice daily: once in the morning and again after lunch. If your child is not able to attend or participate in remote learning on any given day, please report his or her absence, as you typically would during in-person learning through the SchoolMessenger Safe Arrival System: https://www.hcdsb.org/parents/report-your-childs-absence/.
We will be following our usual process of contacting parents and guardians when student absences are not reported. Thank you for your continued support and partnership. Now, more than ever, ongoing communication between home and school is key to your child’s success and well-being.
Stay Healthy and Safe!
Mr. N. Laratta