March 13, 2020, 5:00 p.m.
Dear Sisters & Brothers,
Pope Francis, in a recent Mass, expressed to the faithful gathered: We ask the Lord today for the grace of not falling into indifference, the grace that all the information we have about human suffering might penetrate our hearts and move us to do something for others.
St. Monica is a community that must stay open as best we can to care and support the spiritual and emotional well-being of the faithful. I cannot help but be reminded of the 1994 Northridge earthquake. We were challenged then, on how to respond and care for our community. We prayed we would overcome and be stronger for it—and we were. I am hopeful that this too will be a challenge that will only make our community stronger.
We are asking everyone to examine every aspect of our parish life, think creatively, and find ways to:
Modify · Accommodate · Postpone · (and if necessary or mandated) Suspend (M.A.P.S.)
Each of our ministry directors will inform teams, volunteers, and parishioners regarding their specific events and activities.
We hope this encourages you to continue your sacramental— knowing you can “pray where you are."
The Department of Catholic schools has given instruction that after today, students are to remain off-campus through March 31. Teachers will continue to teach. Students will continue to learn, utilizing all resources available for continued instruction. Both St. Monica Catholic High School and St. Monica Catholic Elementary School are committed to maintaining educational continuity and shifting to online learning platforms. Our President of the Schools, Kevin McCardle along with our Principals, James Spellman and Dr. Neil Quinly, are the best source of information regarding further developments. They have sent a statement to all school families (click here to read).