U.S. Catholic schools are tweaking their reopening plans for a worrisome fall term by consulting parents and training staff for face-to-face instruction in many cases but with distance-learning programs in place as well.
“We quickly realized we weren’t just praying for people in Lourdes, but for those in need worldwide — and this e-pilgrimage will honor their presence in a great affirmation of the power of prayer,” said the shrine’s vice rector.
“Our families have emerged as many people’s primary community during the COVID-19 pandemic. This fits the family’s natural role in society, but the change has not been easy. Many families have experienced new challenges amid COVID-19.”
Since the pandemic hit, Tom Haire, principal of St. Mary’s School in Breckenridge, has found a new way to share morning prayer with his students. It started schoolwide and now encompasses the community and more.