St. Gianna Beretta Molla, an Italian doctor and mother, was canonized by St. John Paul II in 2004. (CNS)
St. Gianna Beretta Molla, an Italian doctor and mother, was canonized by St. John Paul II in 2004. (CNS)
School begins this month, and working moms and dads across Oregon are bracing themselves for a difficult fall.

Many children will learn on laptops propped on kitchen counters or while plopped on couches, struggling at times for bandwidth shared with family members. Parents will navigate work deadlines while they serve as their kids’ IT department and substitute teachers.

If their children are attending school in person, there likely will be a level of persistent stress around safety.

Here are some suggestions to support the working parents in your community during this peculiar time:

— Buy or make them dinner. As they juggle more hats than ever before, having one fewer thing to do at the end of the day will be a cherished gift.

— Write them a letter describing what their friendship means to you. We are more tethered to screens than ever before, and such a handwritten sentiment will be an unexpected boost.

— Pray for them. One option is to ask for the intercession of St. Gianna, a wife, mother and a doctor who died soon after delivering her fourth child. She had refused to abort her baby to save her own life.

As a working mom, St. Gianna no doubt stressed about finances, fretted over her children’s needs and worked hard to maintain a balance in her work, family and spiritual life. Lift up some prayers her way, asking that the parents you know be filled with strength, patience, grace and an ample dose of humor.