Hello Everyone,

Archbishop Etienne has been sending us priests and deacons email updates that often begin, "How you doing?  Hang in there, we'll get through this together."  That is so Midwestern of him, but also so true!  We will get through these times if we hang in there together, especially through our prayers and our charity toward those around us.  That is precisely what we do as the Church; the Body of Christ.  So here is the information for this Tacoma Catholic Update:

Spiritual Reflection
This is truly a Friday in Lent!  Lenten Fridays often include the praying of the Stations of the Cross.  Each station begins with this acclamation: “We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.  For by your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.”  

The Lord Jesus has truly redeemed the world!  And He continues to redeem all that is going on in the world, including the stuff of our own lives.  Redemption is the making right all that is not right.  It means transforming and healing all that is not in good order and all that is sick.  It means the taking of evil and making way for goodness to prevail.  Individually, it means seeking out and receiving the grace of God so that you might experience His love, mercy, and peace.  If you feel burdened right now, if you are feeling fear, anxiety, confusion, despair, or any other emotion or thinking that is robbing you of peace, then that needs to be redeemed by Jesus.  How is that done?  It’s very simple.  In your time of prayer, simply ask the Lord: “Lord Jesus, show me what in my life needs to be redeemed right now.”  Trust me, He will show you that.  When He does, then simply ask: “Lord, redeem that in me now.  Heal that part of my life now so you, and only you, may dwell there with your grace and peace.”  Amen.  I would then add an Our Father, and a Hail Mary to seal that time of prayer. 

During this time, please keep those times of prayer part of your daily routine.  I really encourage you to pray the Rosary each day at 9:00 am in unity with Archbishop Etienne, who is praying at that time, for an end to the COVID-19 virus.  Let's continue to lift each other up in prayer as well as our families, our parishioners, our school families, the sick and suffering, the caregivers and all people affected by this time of crisis, and even those who seem oblivious to it all!  This is all a good time for us to be united, in a supernatural spiritual way, as the Body of Christ.

Sunday Mass
We are planning to livestream the Sunday Mass at 9:00 am from the St. Patrick Parish Center Chapel.  You may tune in at that time by clicking here .

Daily Mass from the St. James Cathedral Chapel with Archbishop Etienne is available by clicking here .

Please continue to be generous to those in need throughout our community.  Small businesses, the homebound, the elderly, the hungry and the homeless are in need, especially now.

+ Our St. Vincent de Paul Council will have a link available next week to help them financially.  They continue to respond to a high demand of requests for assistance.

+ The Holy Cross Food Bank is also in need of food at this time.  You may drop off your donations at the Holy Cross Parish Office Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to Noon.  Your donations are needed!

More information will be coming your way soon.  In the meantime, please take good care.  Stay home and away from people as much as possible.  Pray well and often.  You are all in my prayers each day, especially at the offering of Mass.

Fr. David Mulholland

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