Bernie's Bark
Dear Parents-
Sunday was the 5th Sunday in Lent, and marked the start of the final two weeks of the Lenten Season. We were reminded of Jesus’ merciful love, and that there is hope and joy in the Resurrection. This is an especially powerful message during this Lent when we are isolated from our friends and families. We are also reminded that it is not for us to judge the sinfulness of others, but to mind our own paths to holiness…let the spirit of God dwell within us!
As a community, these last few weeks have been a whirlwind, leaving us physically and emotionally exhausted, as we fight to find our equilibrium in what is called “the new normal.” We are also missing our much loved faith traditions, praying the Stations of the Cross, coming together to celebrate the Mass, even going to Confession, that are all now done virtually, and we are so grateful for the efforts of our Friars, and to priests in other parishes as well, for their commitment to our spiritual well-being!
Report cards were all mailed last week, and likely you have received your copies, however, if you do not have your copies by Friday, April 3, please let me know.
Friday, April 3 is Coffee With the Principal. I will be live at 8:00AM Friday morning, for conversation and a cup of coffee. I recognize that multiple people in your household need access to the computer, and that you may not be able to join. If you have any questions, please send me an email and I will respond back. If you have a particular topic you would like to address, please email me to let me know. You will be able to access the meeting here:  
Friday, April 3, Father Tom will live stream Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament , from 9:30-10:00AM, including recitation of the rosary at 9:45. Access the Adoration stream on the St. Joseph Catholic Church Facebook page… . Daily Mass is celebrated at 8:00AM, and Sunday Mass is celebrated at 10:00AM, all live on Facebook.
Mrs. Carson and I join with all the teachers and staff in thanking you for your support during this distance learning. One thing we all agree on is that this is not easy! I meet with faculty members everyday, and the consistent message from them is that the parents are tremendous partners in this crisis. Together we will be successful.
Many families and students are reporting a sadness at all that is lost from our lives due to the covid-19 crisis. There are countless articles on how to make the most of our time at home, and suggestions on how to take care of our emotional health. The distance learning adds to the pressure, but we take comfort in the fact that we are united in the belief that we just do the best we can.’s going to be OK, and there will be life after coronavirus!
The faculty, staff and administration of SJS join with Father David, when he said in closing the Sunday Mass, “We deeply miss you, and pray for you everyday, and we look forward to the day when we can gather again as a community.”

Keep the faith! This ordeal will one day be behind us. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Welcome one Christ welcomed you!
                                                                                 (Rom 15:7)
Denise Rutledge

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The deadline for 2020-2021 elementary FACTS Grant & Aid applications has been extended to Friday, April 17, 2020 . Families are encouraged to submit as soon as they are able in advance of that deadline. In addition, families should know that applications received after the new deadline in April will be considered on an as-available basis determined by any remaining available funds.
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