Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Last Tuesday, we celebrated a bittersweet event at St. Mary's. After being apart for over five months, the four-year-old class of St. Mary's Community Preschool was reunited for our final graduation ceremony. In order to limit the number of people present, only graduates and their families could attend, and all of the same protocols we use on Sunday were followed.
The ceremony was different than usual. We didn't have the 2's and 3's with us, and we couldn't sing like we used to, but still it was wonderful to see the children walk down the long aisle in their white caps to receive their certificates. I was amazed at how much they had grown over the spring and summer!
We are blessed and truly grateful for the many years that Miss Ida and her staff served in this ministry to children, helping them to grow and learn and prepare for "big-kid school." They all did fantastic work, and their love and dedication to the children was always evident.
It is my prayer that all of our graduates and former students will remain strong and healthy, and that their sense of wonder and joy in learning will be their guides as they grow in the midst of a world that is forever changed.