"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)
Celebrating Catholic Education week takes on special meaning during the pandemic. Faith is a source of comfort during times of hardship. While the pandemic presents many challenges, there is also the opportunity to strengthen the connection between home, school, and the parish. At-home online learning provides a format to bring faith to the homes of our students and their families as Religion is part of our foundational core of learning. This is a return to the grassroots of our faith: sharing the good news. The pandemic has given us an appreciation for the little things. As Dr. Deena Hinshaw would say, we may be apart, but we are all in this together. To Living Waters, this speaks of the power of faith to unite us all. Each day of Catholic Education Week, we will share out on social media platforms an example of the Five Marks of a Catholic school, which shows the small acts that build a tapestry of faith and hope between our schools and homes. On May 21, in honour of World Catholic Education Day, we will encourage our students, parents, and staff to wear blue and create a collage of the many faces of faith. In the end, faith is really about coming together, even when we must remain physically apart.