As announced last Saturday, I've tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus. With the exception of a loss of my sense of smell (which is what caused me to get tested) I appear to be asymptomatic. I've been home all week quarantining with my family, who also are all doing well with no symptoms. Many people have reached out asking if we need anything. We are well stocked with groceries and family and friends have offered to pick up anything we may need. We appreciate all your prayers.
Students I was in contact with before quarantining have been tested and everyone has come back negative. Fr. Paul has also been tested as negative. He has been self-isolating as a precaution and plans to be tested again before resuming public Masses.
I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone to please be vigilant about maintaining social distance, wearing a face covering and washing/sanitizing your hands. Face coverings are required at all campus ministry gatherings and any time you are inside the CCM building. We are sanitizing all frequently touched surfaces at CCM twice per day, including doorknobs, tables, handles, chairs, pews, and countertops.
While there is no campus Mass this Sunday, students are encouraged to attend Mass at St. Mary's. Fr. Paul will still be self-isolating, but Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Marcel Amadi, whom many of you know as the campus minister for Bennett College and NC A&T in Greensboro. Mass times are 8:30 & 11:30 am on Sunday morning, with a Vigil Mass in Spanish at 7:00 pm on Saturday. St. Mary's requires a sign up for Mass, accessible on their website. (It usually goes live on Friday or Saturday).
I invite you to join me online at our usual campus Mass time of 4:00 pm to pray and discuss the Sunday scripture readings. Last week we were joined by Fr. Paul and had a very engaging discussion.