This guest post is from Mrs. Tara Lafferty, a teacher at Divine Providence Academy.
I teach 6th-8th grade at Divine Providence Academy. Most of my students live on farms, or on land with a lot of space. Their homes are also spread out from each other, dotting a radius of 30 miles or more.
This material is from the Catholic News Service article “During plague, Catholic Church called on saints for help, healing” by Carol Zimmerman and is used with permission.
The Catholic Church has had a long tradition of calling on saints and praying for their intercession in sickness and difficult times.
This plea for saintly help for protection from disease and healing was particularly evident when the bubonic plague, or Black Death, spread throughout Europe in the 14th century killing one-third of the population.
This story originally appeared in the April 2020 issue of FAITH Grand Rapids magazine. It was written by Maryalene Laponsie and features photography by Holly Dolci.
‘They looked at him with love’
Beginning fall 2020, every kindergartner, 6th grader, and 9th grader in the diocese’s 31 Catholic schools will be eligible for the Faith & Future Scholarship!
The event is an opportunity to pray and peacefully protest the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, and to promote the gift and sanctity of life.
In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 20, we take time to remember his life, work and legacy, and to share resources on combating racism.