Introducing a newly designed resource:  WCDSB Pray @Home https://wcdsblearnathome.wcdsb.ca/pray-at-home/ .

Our participation in the global COVID-19 pandemic has immersed us in an unprecedented time of confusion, disruption of life, fear, sickness and death; however, it should not deter us from being a community of faith!

We are committed to bringing the message of hope to a world that is filled with despair.  Even though we must be physically distant from one another, we continue to reach out in love by whatever means is available to us.

Because of the labour action from before our March Break and now the pandemic, we needed to postpone the launch of our second pastoral year theme: #Gathered to Become.  As a result, the theme #Called to Belong continues to be our guiding pastoral theme until September 2020.

Let us receive this as an opportunity to dwell longer and more deeply in the mystery of belonging to a faith community that is rooted in hope and love.  This is God’s providence for us!

In this time of physical distancing, self-imposed isolation and quarantine, perhaps more than ever we are being #Called to Belong.

Let us recall Jesus’s words: “Jerusalem…! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings…!”  (Luke 13:34) Jesus also said: “That they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:21)

Renewing the Promise: A Pastoral Letter for Catholic Education written Easter 2018 by the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario puts it this way:

Catholic education forms communities of faith that help students experience the love of God.  The more our students see and understand themselves as the beloved children of God, the more they will want to love God with all their hearts, minds, and souls.  This in turn moves them to love of neighbour which bears witness to justice and charity.”

It is Jesus’s deepest desire that we form a district community where all feel welcomed and where there is a place for everyone.

In these challenging times let us pray that the Holy Spirit may inspire us to reach out to one another in new and exciting ways that foster inclusion and nurtures connection.

We will work hard, and we will pray hard that we can continue the mission of Jesus to build the Reign of God where all of God’s children feel a sense of belonging and no one is excluded!

Fr. Joseph de Viveiros, C.R.