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School UPDATE: Sunday, May 10
School UPDATE: Sunday, May 10
St. Mary's High School
Sunday, May 10, 2020

St. Mary's Families,  

Before we start:  HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!  Students, if you're reading this and you haven't said "Happy Mother's Day" to your Mom, stop reading, go tell her you love her, and then proceed....  

Saint Damien de Veuster of Molokai, pray for us.
- More about St. Damien: www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-damien-de-veuster-of-moloka-i/  
St. Damien lived a life of heroic virtue and suffering.  At the age of 33 he began serving the leper colony on the Hawai'ian island of Moloka'i.  Although he was supposed to be part of a team of priests who were only asked to remain on the island for three months at a time, he volunteered to stay on the island permanently.  He would ultimately contract leprosy (properly known as Hansen's Disease) and the disease would take his life in 1889 when he was only 49 years old).
- Mass readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter: www.usccb.org/bible/readings/051020.cfm    
Great words from Jesus in John's Gospel for our current times:  "Do not let your hearts be troubled.  You have faith in God; have faith also in me."  

Updates.
- PRESIDENT'S VIDEO.
www.smpirates.org/article/245065?org=smhs
- MEET CODE for MONDAY Prayer, Pledge, Announcements:  
http://meet.google.com/ryz-grgp-vvm  

COVID-19 coronavirus.  
- In the last six weeks in the US, there has been only one day where we had less than 20,000 new cases in a single day. We're approaching 20,000 cases and 1,000 deaths in Colorado.  Once again, stay healthy.
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html  
covid19.colorado.gov/    

What's Next?  
- GRADUATION.  Our graduation plan has been submitted for county and state approval.  We will keep you posted.  As a refresher:  If approved, graduation will take place at The Grace Center, Saturday, June 13, at 10 am.  Only seniors and some staff will be approved by the county and state to attend.  The event will be LIVESTREAMED so families can observe. We will get the livestream link out as the date gets closer.  

How You Can Help.
- BALLOT INITIATIVE.  From Mary Simmons, St. Mary's parent and Students for Life club adviser:  Some of you had the opportunity a few months ago to sign the "Due Date Too Late" Ballot Initiative 120 petition that would put a statute change on this November's Colorado ballot to ban abortion in our state after 22 weeks of gestation, the point of viability of the baby outside of the womb. Colorado is one of only seven states in the country that sadly still allows abortion for any reason up until birth with no restrictions. This initiative would allow Colorado to say "NO" to late term abortion and would be a good first step in saving precious lives. We needed 124,632 valid signatures statewide to get this initiative on the ballot and came up about 10,000 short during the first signing period so we are now entering a 15-day "cure" period from May 15-29 during which we have the opportunity to collect the additional needed signatures. If you are at least 18 and a registered voter, and if you DID NOT SIGN THE PETITION THE FIRST TIME AROUND and would like to, I would be happy to don my mask and grab my hand sanitizer and bring a petition to you to sign! For more info or to coordinate a time to meet, please call/text me at 719.233.1558 or email me at Simmonsmjm@aol.com. Thank you! For LIFE...
- STAY HEALTHY.  As we look to things like our June 13 graduation, and getting in-person schooling started in the fall, keep in mind that government officials are watching for "spikes" in COVID-19 cases as the country starts to reopen businesses and institutions.  Our elected officials are making it clear that if cases begin to spike, we could quickly be back in stay-at-home mode.  Gatherings of more than 10 are still banned (which is why we need county and state approval for our graduation ceremony); so watch your social distance, wear your mask in public, wash your hands, etc.  If cases start spiking, it will jeopardize graduations, in-person instruction, sports, etc.  

Parents, Students, how are you doing?    
- EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT.  Great article on Aleteia.org about, once again, perspective.  Great quote from the article:  "If there is no God, then the universe wasn't designed by love; it emerged from chaos.  But there is a God."  In other words, life may feel chaotic right now, but have faith, God has a plan.
aleteia.org/2020/05/04/its-true-everything-will-be-all-right/  

Gratitude.
- SENIORS AND SENIOR PARENTS.  As we look to the last day of academics for our seniors, please know how incredibly GRATEFUL we are for you.  Those nervous freshman kids from four years ago are now the confident young adult soon-to-be-graduates.  The transformation has been amazing, even more so as they have navigated incredibly daunting challenges these last few months.  Thank you for the privilege of allowing us to walk with these future leaders of our Church and community during an important portion of their life journey.  

Prayer.  On this Mother's Day, let's ask for the intercession of the perfect Mom as we continue to as a community:  

THE MEMORARE
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,
but in thy mercy, hear and answer me.
Amen.  

Respectfully,
Rob Rysavy
President
St. Mary's High School