Dear Parishioners and Friends,
We have been praying for your well being, trusting in the goodness of the Lord. This is a most challenging time for all. It allows us to reflect on what is truly important. My first thoughts go out to those who have contracted this disease and those who have died. We entrust them to the Great Physician, Jesus Christ. Then we lift up all the doctors, nurses and health care providers. They are putting themselves in harms way each and every minute as they offer care and compassion to those who are ill. To all who are working with dedication to meet the needs of our elderly and those in precarious health conditions. I lift up in prayer our teachers and parents who are learning new skills and imparting wisdom to the children. To learn new forms of education and outreach in such a short period of time is quite a challenge. And we think of the children whose lives have been turned upside down. Missing their friends, facing a world that is scary, and striving to do the best they can with the unknown. I encourage all to be prayerful and patience with one another.
As a staff we are trying to reach out to all parishioners who are registered with the parish. This will take a good deal of time but I want you to know how much we care for your needs and well-being. As you know the Church is open for private prayer visits and I ask you to respect careful distancing from one another. We are looking for ways to share communal prayer with one another. Here are a few suggestions:
- Pope Francis has asked us – all Christians – to pray the Our Father on Wednesday, March 25th at noon, and join him in prayer on Friday, March 27th. Click this link for more information: https://zenit.org/articles/holy-father-calls-on-world-to-pray-together-on-march-25/#noredirect
- Consider joining Prayer Partners, our online prayer group. You’ll receive an email with prayer requests every other week. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
- Fr. Jack and I will celebrate Mass on March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation. We will do our best to live stream this on Facebook (10 am) and make it available on other social media platforms.
Calling upon the Lord to bless you and keep you safe,