Faculty and staff miss their students during the Shelter in Place

By Fabienne Esparza

As Easter Week approached this year, there was a lot of thought at Saint Catherine School about how this Easter would be different than any other year. The more we thought about it, the more we realized that while Masses were suspended, Easter was not. The joy was still to be shared!

With Shelter-at-Home the rule of the day, Saint Catherine’s found a way to celebrate Easter with the community while remining safe. On Holy Saturday, families decorated their cars with signs and streamers proclaiming Easter joy and drove through the parish/school parking lot. The faculty, staff, and priests were lined up along the curb, six feet apart, waving to families as they drove by.

Just being able to see everyone in person lifted spirits. A sixth grader wrote a letter to the Principal saying, “I thought the Easter parade was fun! I had fun seeing you and all the teachers and staff. I really miss seeing everyone LIVE.”

It was indeed a special moment for everyone, and several teachers and parents were seen wiping their eyes in tears of gratitude for our faith and community. At that moment, it was evident that we are more than just a school; we are a community of people who care about each other and miss their time together.

With gratitude, we can say that the Joy of Easter was present at Saint Catherine School!