Ministry and Support Resources
We are in this together and we are here for you. Below you will find spiritual and social-emotional support for our Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill family.
"Prayer is something we always have no matter where we are, no matter what is going on around us," shares Campus Minister Jen MacArthur. Sacred Heart educators and students offer the following video prayers to provide comfort. Check back on a daily basis for newly posted videos.
School Counselor Becky Pike is available to support our students and families. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a zoom meeting or phone call.
SACRED HEART CONNECTIONS
Our Campus Ministers and School Counselor are just an email away. Please connect if you find yourself in need. In addition, Campus Ministry and Counseling Google Hangouts* are available for our upper school students (links below in signature lines). We will share signs of hope there to lift spirits and buoy hearts. We can’t wait to connect with you!
Ms. Becky Pike, MSW, LCSW
email@example.com | 314.810.3428
VDOH School Counseling Hangout
*Google Hangouts are not private. They are places for connection and sharing of resources, hope, and inspiration. If you need 1:1 support, please make direct contact through email.
- Praying with Sophie – Preparing for Pentacost with St. Madeleine Sophie Barat by the Villa Duchesne Class of 2024
- Praying with Philippine – A novena in honor of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne by the Villa Duchesne Class of 2023
- The Good Friday Project – A collaboration of all 26 Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, spearheaded by Brian (SLUH) and Megan (St. Dominic) Gilmore.
- Oak Hill Stations of the Cross – Oak Hill sixth grade students share original reflections and prayers on the Stations of the Cross.
- Villa Duchesne Stations of the Cross – Social Action Stations of the Cross presented by Villa Duchesne students and faculty.
- RSCJ.org – Revealing God’s Love in the Midst of Uncertainty
- RSCJInternational.org – Praying with the world at this time of global pandemic
- Center For Action and Contemplation – Daily meditations from Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM
- Pray to our Patroness, Our Lady of Guadalupe, at the request of our Bishops
- Celebrate the Mass with these St. Louis live-streams in English and Spanish
- PrayMoreNovenas.com – a novena for the days of Covid-19
SERVICE IDEAS & FAMILY FUN
Consider these ways in which we can engage our families in the service of others, as that can influence our emotional and spiritual well-being.
- Because we aren’t seeing each other, we aren’t hearing one another’s voices. Use FaceTime to connect or get old-school and make a call to a family member, neighbor, or classmate.
- Consider doing drive-by birthday parades for the kids in the class who have birthdays during this season. Make signs, put together a car caravan – minding the social distancing requirements – and drive by the classmate’s house singing “Happy Birthday” at the top of your lungs!
- Practice handwriting – all ages can benefit – and send postcards or note cards via USPS to a nursing home in your area. Most cannot accept visitors right now and this temporary replacement for personal contact can work wonders for the heart!
- Above all, engage in enjoyable activities together. Some activities to do at home as a family include: playing games, reading books together, doing puzzles, building forts, going for walks, painting, cooking, or having a dance party. Simply put, just spend time together outside of the educational and work activities you need to do day to day.
We have been given this incredible gift of time and slowing down. God is with you as parents and caregivers, and the Sacred Heart of Jesus extends those arms to embrace YOU, dear VDOH family.
CELEBRATION OF MASS
With Archbishop Carlson suspending the public celebration of Masses through Holy Week, it can be very disheartening to not be able to attend Sunday Mass as a family especially as we miss our Sacred Heart community and our own celebration of the Mass at school. While all public Masses have been suspended, our priests are still celebrating Mass by themselves. Here in St. Louis, we are blessed to have many parishes and campuses live-streaming Mass for us to still participate. See the link below for a list of all local Masses being live-streamed and video recorded, including Masses in both English and Spanish:
Tips for ‘participating’ in Mass at home from Mrs. Maxwell:
- As a way to keep the Lord’s day, consider wearing dress clothes rather than “lounge around the house” clothes. Your children might be more engaged in the Mass if you observe the prayer postures (sit, stand, kneel) as at a usual Mass in church.
- Be sure to turn off all cell phones and electronic devices not being used for Mass.
- Read the Scripture readings together. These scriptures can be found on www.usccb.org by clicking on the appropriate date. Have your children practice their reading skills by proclaiming the Scriptures themselves!
- When it comes time for the Petitions at Mass, you might want to add your own private and personal family petitions.
- At the time of communion, consider making a “Spiritual Communion” by using the prayer below.
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
- Plan a special lunch or brunch for after the virtual Mass is completed. This is a special way to connect the Mass to the family.