Dear Friends in Christ,
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
A lot has been happening at our parishes in the past few weeks, getting things ready for the re-opening of our parishes for Mass and other sacramental celebrations. This is at the core of who we are as Catholics; it’s how God offers us His grace and mercy. I know people have missed encountering the Lord in this unique way, not only in the Mass and Holy Communion but also in the other sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Matrimony, and Anointing of the Sick. Still, the threat of COVID-19 lurks, so we as the family of God take the necessary precautions. Most people take it in stride; others grumble. It just shows you that not much has changed since the chosen people grumbled against Moses in the desert! To them, I say offer your grumbling to the Lord so He may replace it with His grace and peace. Don’t let the enemy ever rob us of God’s peace!
A month ago I expressed my gratitude for all it took for our school staff and teachers to educate “at a distance.” Today, my heart is filled with gratitude for all of our parish staffs and volunteers who have stepped up to livestream the Mass, open our doors in a safe way once again to parishioners, and to help clean and sanitize the spaces for the next celebrations. It takes many dedicated people to make this all happen so we can gather once again as a parish family. (You are free to please join them, as well!) Gratitude is a wonderful thing to experience because as it fills our hearts, it brings us to joy. And with joy, we can offer prayer to God in thanks for the blessing of His people in our midst who do so much.
I suggest you take note of who you are grateful for today. And let them know!
Blessings for the week ahead,
Fr. David Mulholland