At the onset of 2020, the world was faced with the unforeseen suffering of a global pandemic. Overcoming the virus has called us all to live in solidarity with others and to adapt to new ways of doing things in every aspect of daily life. No one could have imagined that right after Spring Break, classes that were formerly taught in-person would instead need to be given via Zoom. Due to the pandemic, we also had to cancel and postpone on two occasions the sacraments that were to be celebrated in April 2020. Thankfully, Adeo found a creative solution for these students to safely receive the sacraments in small groups during December 2020, and January and February 2021.
We want to express our gratitude to Father Walter Wagner, O.P., Pastor of St. Vincent Ferrer Church, for accommodating our students throughout those weeks during the six o’clock daily Masses. We are also deeply thankful to Bishop Whalen who, given the present extraordinary circumstances, delegated the power to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to Father Walter. They showed such care and understanding in order not to further delay the sacraments for our young people, especially when the sacramental grace is much needed in this challenging time. We are sure the children will never forget this experience.
The winter reception of the sacraments brought all of us an unexpected gift: to feel the presence of God’s grace in a special way through the simplicity and intimacy of the celebrations. As we eflect on the events of this past year and we receive feedback from the families, we can only say a prayer of thanksgiving.
We thank the families of Adeo for their cooperation, the students for their maturity in coping with this new reality and above all, our hard-working volunteer teachers who have displayed such positivity and flexibility all the way through.
Just recently, Adeo’s 2020-2021 students celebrated the Sacrament of First Penance in small groups, and we look forward to celebrating the Sacraments of First Eucharist and Confirmation at the end of April.
We hope we will be able to resume our in-person classes in the Fall and will keep you informed.