Christmas is a time for us to rejoice and celebrate the birth of Jesus. It is also a time of reflection and renewal as we prepare for the coming year. It can also be a difficult time for many of our families, and more so, during this unprecedented year, because everything will be different for many of us who will only be able to attend mass virtually. There will be no Christmas parties in the company of friends, or colleagues and no large family get-togethers, from which we will be restricted this year.
As this uprecedented year is coming to an end where virtually every person has suffered the effects of this global pandemic, there is nothing more important we can do then to turn our collective focus on the coming of our Saviour and what his life means in our Catholic faith. Through prayer we were able to navigate our way through these incredible and unimaginable changes which no one could have prepared us to confront because we had no manual to guide us through 2020. We have had to adjust quickly, be resilient, and work together through a pandemic while maintaining social distancing.
This has been a tough year for everyone, yet we continue to inspire each other with our faith, ingenuity, commitment and hard work. Parents have entrusted their children to our teachers and look to them as an example of strength, stability, safety and hope as daily challenges arise. Thank you to our school communities for your bravery, commitment to Catholic Education and for maintaining a safe school with unproven safety protocols.
As your Burlington Trustee at large, I pray that you safely celebrate the Christmas holidays and the coming of the New Year, knowing with certainty that your Catholic education and faith has taught you that there is always light in the darkest days and that the birth of Jesus brings the message of hope, love, forgiveness and peace.
May the Lord bless you as you all do your best to share the Christmas season and throughout the New Year. I wish you and yours a heartfelt Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Burlington Trustee at Large
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