Family Newsletter ~ April 16, 2020
I hope that the Easter weekend was a great time for you to enjoy some family time and count your blessings in a new way. This experience, while certainly a challenge at times, has also shown me how valuable these family moments are and how easily they have been interrupted by sports and other activities. While watching Mass on television isn’t ideal, it has a way of highlighting the importance of our DOMESTIC CHURCH – the Church of the home and family. We have a powerful role as parents to teach our children about faith and service and model for them how we, as adults, continue to learn and grow. Our faith has a way of sustaining us in challenging times – may we let our children bear witness to that fact.
Mass will continue to be offered online for the next few weeks. At the Church of St. Philip, Masses will be streamed on Facebook live every Saturday at 4:30 pm. Follow us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1879151002348951/
Daily Mass is available at www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass. The daily Scripture readings can be found at www.usccb.org by clicking the day on the calendar on the right hand side. Up-to-date information pertaining to the coronavirus, including diocesan announcements, prayers, links to online and television Masses, and other resources, can be found on the Diocese of New Ulm website www.dnu.org/covid19.
Please continue to support your parishes financially during these weeks apart. Donations can be mailed or made through the parish website -- www.shepherdofsouls.org.
Thanks to all who sent pictures and shared the wonderful ways you engaged in our retreat day last Thursday. I am working on a blog post that includes your photos. You may still send them by tomorrow to have them included. The easiest way is to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember that we will have pick-up/drop-offs every Friday indefinitely. The school will be open from 7:30-3:30 for you to stop.
The third quarter report cards will be sent home tomorrow, Friday 4/17 during our drop-off/pick-up day.
Title I Reading
For those students who are enrolled in the Title I Reading program, Mr. Olson and Mrs. Wedin from Ripley Elementary have been working on getting an online program set up. Mrs. Wedin will now be posting lessons in Seesaw for her students.
We encourage all students to continue reading daily. Use this time to enjoy a variety of genres and levels. Read to siblings, read to parents, read to self! Find a new spot to read. It looks like next week we could take a blanket and read outside! While we would love for you to read books that match your reading level, this presents a challenge, so focus more on simply reading A LOT!