Pope Francis’ Prayer to the Virgin Mary for Protection from the Coronavirus
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick. At the foot of the Cross, you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith. You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need. We are certain that you will provide, so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee, joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the Father’s will and to do what Jesus tells us: He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen. We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and Blessed Virgin. Amen.
As baptized Christians, we have an obligation to proclaim the Gospel. Pope St. Paul VI reminds us that “Evangelizing is, in fact, the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity. She exists in order to evangelize, that is to say, in order to preach and teach, to be the channel of the gift of grace, to reconcile sinners with God, and to perpetuate Christ's sacrifice in the Mass, which is the memorial of His death and glorious resurrection” (Evangelization in the Modern World, 14).
We have received guidance from the Archdiocese on moving forward with our planning and preparations for the 2021-2022 school year. Adjustments will be made as needed.
Regarding vaccinations, we know many people have chosen for good reasons to get this vaccine for themselves and their family members. We also know that some others following their own good reasons have chosen not to be vaccinated. Honoring the health care decisions of all in our community and the importance of individual privacy for health-related decisions, Catholic Schools and Parishes in the Archdiocese will not be mandating any community member to receive the COVID-19 vaccine nor provide documentation of vaccination.
Updated COVID Plan/Protocols
· Masks are optional for students, faculty, and staff.
· Vigilance with cleaning & ventilation will continue.
· Good practice with regards to hand washing is encouraged.
· Vaccinations will not be required to participate in parish events
· If you are sick, please stay home
As we focus on our work of forming disciples and providing encounters with our Lord, we will no longer offer a distance learning option for Faith Formation.
In conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Health and the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, we will be monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic closely and promptly communicating any updates to this plan.
Additional Information from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis:
The Archdiocese makes the following recommendations to parish faith formation programs based on our shared wisdom of educating and forming during the COVID-19 pandemic, the responsibility of parents as primary educators of their children, and the requirements of Minnesota Statutes:
Vaccines: COVID-19 Vaccines are not required in faith formation programs of the Archdiocese.
Face Coverings: The State’s legal mandate requiring face coverings expired on May 14, 2021. The Archdiocese does not require faith formation attendees to wear face coverings. Parents and guardians are well-positioned to determine if their child should wear a face covering while outside of the home and out in the community.
Food Distribution and Travel: There are no current restrictions on the distribution of food or travel to off-site events and activities.
Distance/Virtual Models: Faith formation programs should minimize the use of strictly distance/virtual models of formation, especially with children and young people.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Brenda Grubb at email@example.com.