April 5, 2020

Dear Nativity School Families,

As we are about to enter week four of our remote learning and the most important week of the Church year, I want to take this time to reflect on how you all have been doing, how this situation has affected our lives, and how both of these things bring into perspective the significance of Holy Week.

Firstly, I cannot express how incredibly blessed Nativity School is. We have amazing students, families, faculty and staff. In this unprecedented time, you all have shown resilience and yet have kept your faith. You continue to provide for your families by altering your work schedules, by providing instruction for your children, by communicating with our faculty and staff, and by staying connected with sharing posts to our social media. Our school is growing in so many ways despite these difficult times.

This event has altered life as we know it. For some it brings hardships but for all us I think it gives a new perspective. We are adapting as families and as a result have more time to spend together, pray together, and play together. When has this been the case? The silver lining in this is that we have a reason to stop, look, listen, and pray. More than anything, we need to pray!!

Now that life has changed directions, we can focus on Holy Week. Holy means “set apart”, so we set a week aside to reflect on the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus. During this week with your families, you may wish to focus on a goal for each day.

Below I offer some suggestions for each day of the week:

Palm Sunday: Watch Mass: Participate in the Passion of our Lord.
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday:

1. Clean the House: Think of spring housekeeping as a prayerful preparation for Easter.
2. Buy a Lily: For social distancing purposes, print a lily and color the stem or draw one. Display it. This flower is a sign that something is about to happen; the resurrection of Jesus.
3. Color Eggs: Decorated eggs are a symbol of new life that comes with the resurrection of our Lord. Make it meaningful by helping your children write messages like “Christ is Risen”; “Alleluia”; or “Jesus loves us” on the eggs with crayon before coloring them.
Holy Thursday:
1. Watch Mass: It begins with the Passion of Jesus and ends with the procession of the Blessed Sacrament to an altar for adoration. :
2. Help Someone: Do something for someone in need.

Good Friday:
1. Watch a Good Friday liturgy. :
2. Set aside some family prayer time between 12 noon and 3PM.
3. Encourage family members to imitate Jesus by forgiving someone who has hurt them.

These coming weeks offer us a much needed break and time for family. I will continue to pray for your safety and well being and pray as well for those who continue to suffer and for those who continue to provide for them during this time. May God’s blessings be upon all of us as we celebrate the joy of Easter!

God bless,

Patricia W. Dukes

Patricia Dukes