When the Catholic Extension charity hosted a summer camp designed for Uvalde students earlier this month, they said it was the “first of many” initiatives they were planning on.

Now, they’re providing 30 students affected by the Robb Elementary school shooting with scholarships so they can attend the local Sacred Heart Catholic school.

The initiative began after they learned many families wanted to transfer there after Robb Elementary was permanently closed, but faced economic barriers in doing so.

Catholic Extension said “for many of these children, literally the last memory of being in a school building was an experience of a mass shooting.”

“We’re very encouraged by the kind of loving, joyful, faithful environment that they are creating at Sacred Heart School in Uvalde and it really gives us hope that it will be a place where these children can begin the long process of healing after the atrocities that they witnessed.”

They hope the scholarship will be an “avenue of healing” so the victims “are going to be able to heal, move forward, and do so through the lens of their own Catholic faith.”

“It’s a difficult, painful moment for this for this local community, especially the Catholic faith community that has been so much a part of the lives of the people there.”

Eleven of the new students at Sacred Heart Catholic school were wounded in the shooting. Oscar Orona, whose son is a survivor, said:

“The tuition assistance means everything to my son and our family. My son has gone through a lot, and still has a long road to recovery ahead. At the very least, he deserves to go to a school where he feels safe.”

The Church and Archdiocese of San Antonio “going to continue to walk with these families for the long haul,” says Catholic Extension.

To usher in the new school year, Archbishop Garcia-Siller said on Good Morning America:

“God wants to bring everyone joy and glory in heaven. but it is not our time yet. So we need to carry on, and to carry on with joy, because our life has meaning.” 

Photo credit: Catholic Extension
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