2019-2020 Parish Theme:
Live by the Spirit, Walk by the Spirit
Link to morning announcements
Below is a link to a video of our morning prayers and announcements for Monday, 24, 2020. Each day, I'll include the day's announcements in a bulleted list in this message so can skip the video if you wish. Thank you to my daughter, Helena, for being working the camera today.

Prayer to Jesus for Healing and Guidance - click here to pull up this special prayer.

Today's announcements:
-The sun did come up today. I wasn’t sure if it would. For your teachers and I this was devastating news. We are in this profession to work with students and help them grow in their learning and their faith. Like educators across the Commonwealth and nation, we are adjusting to a new normal – distance education. It will be with us through the rest of the school year.

-I know yesterday’s news brings up a huge number of questions. I don’t have answers to all those yet but will work to fill in the blanks in the coming days. Some decisions about how we proceed are made by the Diocese, others are left to each school. 

-Less than 30 minutes after the governor’s announcement yesterday, there was a conference call among all superintendents and principals in the Diocese. We’re working together to collaborate and share best practices of distance learning.

-At 10:00 this morning, I've organized a video chat with all HCA teachers. It's the first chance for us all to see each other since the mandatory closings began. We look forward to sharing ideas about how we maximize learning opportunities for our students through the remainder of the school year.

-Today’s E-blast includes some survey questions. I’m excited to try out this function of Constant Contact. I’m eager to get parent feedback on our early distance learning progress. 

-For now, I've removed the important dates section of my E-blasts. It's safe to assume virtually everything is cancelled. As I know more, I'll add in any events that can still occur.

-You are all in my prayers and I miss you all. 
Distance Learning Survey Question #1
How much time does your child spend each day completing their distance education assignments?
Less than two hours
Two to three hours
Three to four hours
Four to five hours
Five to six hours
Six to seven hours
Seven or more hours
Distance Learning Survey Question 2:
Is your child appropriately challenged by their distance learning school work/assignments?
My child is not being challenged by the assignments?
My child is challenged appropriately by the assignments?
My child is overwhelmed by the their assignments?
Distance Learning Survey Question 3:
My child has established a daily routine for distance learning each day?
Not quite there....we're trying
Distance Learning Survey Question #4
I feel that my child's teacher(s) are communicating effectively what is expected each day.
Strongly agree
Strongly disagree
St. Mary's Church Facebook Page
On St. Mary's Facebook page, you can watch the live streaming religious services listed below. Another great way to keep up with our faith during this difficult time.

Daily Mass: Every day at 9am
Divine Mercy Chaplet: Every day at 3pm
Rosary: Every Day at 6:30pm
Stations of the Cross: Every Friday at 7pm

Access the live stream from the link below.
Please Send Photos
We miss seeing our students every day! To keep us connected, we would love to share pictures of how our students are learning from home. We know our talented and creative parents are doing great things to support our teachers. Please email photos to hcasecretary@holycrossweb.com and we will share with our community and through social media.
Time to order your spirit wear!
Another round of HCA Spirit Wear is available. Click the link below to order your new gear.

2019-2020 HCA Yearbook
On sale now through April 30th - $45!
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Mission Statement

At Holy Cross Academy, we are guided by the spirit of Saint Francis de Sales as we dedicate ourselves to: 

  • Create an atmosphere of prayer and reliance on our heavenly Father;
  • Spread the message of Jesus in our families and our community by treating all persons with respect and showing reverence for the gift of God in each one;
  • Build up the Spirit-filled faith community within Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish;
  • Serve those in need in our local community and in the Missions through an awareness of our global responsibility to all humanity;
  • Develop the whole child: spiritually, emotionally, academically and physically;
  • Promote academic excellence by challenging all our students to recognize their gifts and fulfill their God-given potential.

It's About the Children
Holy Cross Academy
250 Stafford Lakes Parkway  
Fredericksburg, VA 22406
Holy Cross Academy Preschool
1009 Stafford Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22401