Despite the fact that we are currently unable to gather together for Mass and prayer, the parish and regional elementary schools and Diocesan schools are keeping the Catholic faith alive for their students during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Through the use of school websites, social media, and parent communication platforms, administrators, faculty, students and parents are joining together virtually.
Here are some of the ways the faith is kept alive:
- Through video conferences for Morning Prayer and Afternoon Prayer as a school community
- Daily prayer videos shared through SchoolMessenger and social media
- Posting of Catholic prayer content on our school websites, such as Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire
- Use of FORMED with students
- St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School is providing streaming of Daily Mass and will provide streaming of Adoration the evening of Tuesday, March 24
- Holy Trinity Diocesan High School prayers the Divine Mercy Chaplet every day at 3 PM
- Notre Dame Schools has posted the Stations of the Cross around the perimeter of the school property for all who wish to pray
- Ss Philip & James School will provide a video of the Stations of the Cross on Friday, March 27
- Fr. Adrian McHugh, Pastor of St. Aidan School, records videos for students and is streaming Daily Mass.
- At. St. Mary School in East Islip, the nursery teacher is sharing with students daily videos of their Circle Time, including prayer and Lenten song.
- Each day on Facebook, St. Rose of Lima School posts a video of morning prayer with the Daily Reading
- St. Agnes Cathedral School continues to post their daily Lenten songs each day on social media
- If available, schools are streaming their parish’s daily and weekend Masses
Though we cannot be together physically, we remain united in one Faith, prayer for each other and an end to this pandemic.