By the National Catholic Educational Association
Special to The Message
In what seems like the blink of an eye, the world changed. Among the many things we all are getting used to is the challenge teachers, students and parents are facing to keep learning moving forward. The April Parent Engagement flyer is another resource your schools can offer parents. It doesn't seem there is any one thing that can override the uncertainty of the weeks ahead, but staying in touch with your Catholic school communities, specifically your school families, is one way of showing how much your school cares. Remember all flyers are archived on the NCEA website at
● In his Triduum address from the Vatican (vaticannews.va/en/pope-francis/papal-audience/2020-04/pope-general-audience-8-april-2020.html), Pope Francis specifically asks: "Let us try, if we can, to make the best use of this time: let us be generous. Let us help those in need in our neighborhood. Let us look out for the loneliest people, perhaps by telephone or social networks."
During Lent 2020, there were no Friday fish fries, gatherings for Stations of the Cross or Lenten Masses. In fact, public liturgies have been suspended in compliance with health regulations and the physical doors of Catholic Churches around the world are temporarily closed. But the Church is exactly where it should be – in the communities it serves. The Church is the body of Christ, the people who are sent to tell the Gospel. The Church is in the hospitals, food banks, shelters and clinics doing Jesus' work. Let us all find ways we can be the Church in our own communities to celebrate the triumph of the Lord's resurrection over death.
● COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel are available online at https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus.