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  • Things that make us happy this week Vol. 3

    Hello readers! Here at the Catholic Herald, we’ve noticed that our collective physical isolation has led to a lot of creativity, often showcased online. Once a week throughout this pandemic, we’ll bring you fun and uplifting videos, photos and posts from people throughout the diocese. Let’s get right to it!

    — Ever heard of Flat Stanley? A kindergarten teacher at St. William of York School in Stafford mailed a cutout version of herself to her students so she could accompany them on all their adventures. We can’t wait to see what “Flat Mrs. Baffa” and her students do!

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      — Love those homemade quarantine-inspired music videos? We do too. Watch these kids from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Lake Ridge try to convince their parents to let them go.


        — Online Masses are great, but we’ve missed singing along with the choir. Hum a bar or two this Zoom-style version of “Jesus Christ is Risen Today,” performed by the Cathedral Choir.

        Chorister Michele Bueno explains how they made it. "Each of us recorded a video separately at home while listening to a piano accompaniment track that kept us in tune and on tempo," she said. "Then one of our brilliant and technically-talented sopranos, Lauren Fishburn, used some professional-grade software and spent all weekend merging and editing the videos into one cohesive video that makes it sound like we are singing all at the same time." 


        Want to nominate something you’ve seen online for inclusion in next week’s listicle? Email zoey.maraist@catholicherald.com. 


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        @Zoey Maraist