June 3, 2020
Dear Serra Family,
I pray this email finds the entire Serra family well and at home staying healthy and safe. These past three months feels like an eternity without seeing the students, faculty, and parents. I miss you all and pray when we are soon united as one Serra family. During these few months, there have been many emotional highs and lows. Teachers and students have worked and learned together with distance learning. Events have been canceled yet our Serra family is strong with the love we have for one another. I hope you all got to see our seniors perform in our spring play - Pets in Quarantine. Personally, this brought me great joy and laughter. Faculty and staff delivered caps, gowns, and yard signs to the graduating Class of 2020. We all enjoyed this special celebration focused on each graduate. Students have completed final exams and this summer will be completely different.
Our Class of 2020 have definitely felt the roller coaster of emotions yet they are our future taking their God given gifts and talents with our Cavalier Code to be soldiers for Christ. We need them now more than ever as I know they will create positive change in our world as they begin their next chapter in their faith journey. And now our hearts are heavy with the recent events in Minnesota, our nation and here in Los Angeles and in our neighborhoods. Archbishop Gomez asks us all to pray for our city and nation. No one should suffer cruelty, violence or unequal treatment because of their race or the color of their skin. Jesus has taught us nothing is gained by hatred and racism. We must continue to follow Jesus’ Gospel lessons to fulfill our one mission to love one another. I pray for peaceful protests and demonstrations for the dignity and rights of all human beings, as well as an end for the violence. We each must be this soldier for Christ. This is our mission and now is our time to show our neighbors and fellow Angelenos that we live our Cavalier Code - being models of love and compassion.
A quote I have shared with our faculty and is truly appropriate now is from Viktor Frankel. "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.” God, allow each of us in the Serra family the gift of time to choose our response. We have such power in our choice to choose our response - to choose love and compassion for one another and how we will make one another feel. Our choice and response will not just allow us to grow yet will affect and allow others to grow as we live our faith and our Cavalier Code.
Truly yours in Christ,