The below message was sent to all school parents from our Principal, Patty Childs, after the school shooting tragedy in Florida. Written Thursday, Feb. 15. We thought this was appropriate for all parish families.
Dear St. Jude Family,
I tried to write this email on Wednesday evening but I just couldn’t find the words. School administrators have written similar emails far too often in the past years and it frankly sickens my soul. On Wednesday, just seven weeks into this new year, we witnessed the eighth shooting at a U.S. school that has resulted in injury or death. During these same few weeks there have been eight additional shootings reported that did not result in harm and there have been two suicides by gun shot on our school grounds … that’s 18 gun related acts of violence at schools in 45 days!
It is impossible to make sense of these numbers or understand the horrific loss of life. I know that we join together to offer prayers for those who have died and for the parents and loved ones left to grieve. We pray for these school communities who will be forever changed because of inexplicable anger, hatred, and despair.
As in other times of horrific events, it is important to limit your child’s exposure to media coverage. If they are aware of the events, it is most important to assure them that they are safe and can always come to you or another trusted adult for reassurance. Remind them that they are safe at school … we have protocols in place that are practiced. If your child asks questions, those questions should be answered but as simply as possible … it’s o.k. to say “I don’t know or understand myself” and it’s always appropriate to turn to prayer.
Included are several links from our National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) that you may want to check out. We are here to support each other … please reach out to me, Mrs. Perez, Mrs. Aragon, Monsignor Corbett, or your teachers if you need to talk through concerns.
Here are two additional links (sent by the Swift School to families)
We join in prayer ….
Lord, we pray for those who have been devastated by recent tragedies. We remember those who have lost their lives so suddenly. We hold in our hearts the families forever changed by grief and loss. Bring them consolation and comfort. Surround them with our prayers for strength. Bless those who have survived and heal their memories of trauma and devastation. May they have the courage to face the days ahead.
Help us to respond with generosity in prayer, in assistance, and in comfort to the best of our abilities. Keep our hearts focused on the needs of all the community. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen. Association of the Miraculous Medal.
In prayer and sorrow,