A Message from Monsignor Merdian:
Are you discouraged that you will not be able to receive the special graces of Divine Mercy Sunday promised directly by our Lord through St. Faustina in the 1930s? Don’t be.

Even though churches are closed, you can receive these special graces this Sunday, April 19, Divine Mercy Sunday. And we’re going to tell you how. St. Faustina tells us from her diary:

I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the Fount of My Mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet (699).

There it is: Jesus promises that the soul that’s been to Confession and receives Holy Communion will be completely wiped away of the two stains that are on our soul. Those stains are sin and the punishment due to sin. The special grace promised by our Lord for Divine Mercy Sunday is nothing less than the equivalent of a complete renewal of baptismal grace in the soul.

But how can you receive this complete forgiveness of sins and remission of all punishment? After all, churches are closed and Confession and Communion are not available. There is, however, still a way to receive this grace. Do these three things on Divine Mercy Sunday with the intention to turn away from sin in your life:

Make an Act of Contrition
Since you are unable to get to Confession, make an Act of Contrition, instead. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “Among the penitent's acts contrition occupies first place. Contrition is 'sorrow of the soul and detestation for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again'" (1451).

Make a Spiritual Communion
Since churches are closed and you cannot receive Holy Communion, make a Spiritual Communion instead, asking God to come into your heart as if you received Him sacramentally — Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. For instance, you can say this:

Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Blessed Sacrament. 
I love You above all things and I desire You in my soul. 
Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually into my heart. 
As though You were already there, 
I embrace You and unite myself to You; 
permit not that I should ever be separated from You. Amen. 

Lastly, go to the Divine Mercy website for great videos and to learn more at https://www.thedivinemercy.org/
The faculty is, at times, experiencing slow internet with the overload of many people working from home. This is happening especially during the morning hours. Please come back to your computer or other device and periodically check to see if your teachers have posted assignments. The teachers have not forgotten you - they are just dealing with sporadic internet service!
2020-2021 Educational Fee
The Educational Fee Deposit of $150 per student (Max deposit $300 per family) was due today. Please email Wendy Todd at wtodd@jordanschool.com if you need an extension.

The Spalding Scholarship Board met by phone conference this morning. Due to the challenges that families are facing during this coronavirus, the Board made some changes to the application process for the 2020-2021 school year. Please notify all of your school families of the following:  
·         The application  deadline  for Spalding scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year has been extended until Sunday, May 31, 2020.
·         All families must complete a FACTS Grant & Aid application at  https://online.factsmgt.com/aid .
·         Families must  upload either their federal 2019 OR 2018 tax return . Regardless of which year’s tax return they upload,  they must also upload their 2019 W-2’s.
I will be sending another email to those families who have not yet completed their Re-Enrollment for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Most of you have already done this; there is no need to do it again.
Electronic Re-Enrollment takes less than a minute to complete and submit. As we are preparing for the fall of 2020 you're submission is greatly appreciated.
EarlyAct Plastic Bag Donations
Reminder: The weights of your collected plastics are due now! If you have continued to collect thin plastics and were able to weigh them at home, please email your total weight to Mrs. Heckenkamp today!
Landon and Rylan Andrus
Landon and Rylan Andrus created a beautiful piece of artwork in their driveway in celebration of Easter 2020. They were featured on our Facebook page and made the front page of The Catholic Post!
Click this link to view their masterpiece: The Catholic Post Easter Edition
Our fourth grade students made a Thank You to our Fire Department. We are so proud of them for taking the time to recognize our Fire Departments and all they do for us!
This week's band assignments from Mrs. Soko are:
Fifth grade: page 22 in red Standard of Excellence book or in Smartmusic ex 88 and ex 89
Man on the Flying Trapeze
Grades 6-8: Blue Standard of Excellence book in Smartmusic ex 25 Minka Minka