As we continue to adapt and cope with life at home, I find the theme for this year’s Catholic Education Week fitting and timely. I have found great hope from the OCSB community as I witness all of the creative ways that you spread mercy, kindness and hope to one another.
It’s important to take time to celebrate the beauty of Catholic education. This year, we won’t be able to visit face-to-face at BBQs, muffin breakfasts and open houses. We also won’t be able to soak in the energy of our Dance Showcase or hear the beautiful voices at our Choral Celebrations. So instead, I invite all our staff, students, parents and community to participate in our #ocsbHope activities throughout the week.
Every day you will be invited to share a message of hope for someone in our community. I also look forward to participating in the virtual Mass with Archbishop Terrence Prendergast on Tuesday, May 5th, at 10:00 a.m. While not our usual opportunity to celebrate Catholic Education Week Mass, taking time to gather in prayer and spiritual communion together can be a source of comfort and a symbol of our united purpose as a faith community. We also have the opportunity to participate virtually in a province-wide mass with Cardinal Collins as celebrant, on Wednesday, May 6th, also at 10:00 a.m.
I find hope in the many ways you are engaging your community with heartfelt activities that communicate love and kindness. You ignite hope in me through your efforts, and through your sincere will to be what is good and right in the world. May you be blessed with hope as we continue to navigate these changing times.