Dear Parishioners and Friends,
I thought it very important to connect with our Bishop this weekend and hear from him directly, as this is the first weekend that no Masses in our Diocese can be offered with the public present.
I encourage everyone to view the Mass with the Bishop.
to view the live stream
starting at 11:00 am on Sunday. You may want to sign on a few minutes early.
Next weekend, we will begin streaming our own Mass and continue to add new web tools to help us stay digitally connected to each other during this pandemic.
I can never remember a challenge like this in my lifetime, but this is a challenge that requires us to rise to the occasion. Protecting our health using isolation may be especially challenging, but the directives from our Governor and the CDC are intended to save the lives of those in greatest health danger.
I am sorry for everyone's suffering, worry and anxiety.
I am also sorry for having to lock access to our churches during this time.
My original vision was to have Exposition of the Holy Eucharist on the altar for any who would want to stop by and visit. What a comfort this would be! But the reality is that the risks of exposure are very, very serious. Church door handles, bathrooms, missals, even pew surfaces can be easily contaminated without the next visitor even knowing. Our regular and thorough cleaning services are not available at this time.
After consulting with a knowledgeable health provider, and learning about the longevity of the virus on most surfaces, I decided to take the cautious route. I know this is distressing!
What is also distressing, is that we priests, even those of us on regular hospital rotation, can no longer provide the Sacrament of the sick at hospitals or nursing homes due to risks for patients and others that are in health jeopardy.
So now we will be using every tool we can to reach out to our Parishioners, including phone calls for those who are not digitally connected. Stay tuned and stay connected!
There was once a young person who had to make a critical decision about the direction of her life and therefore was praying very earnestly to Jesus. In spite of much prayer, everything still seemed cloudy, fuzzy and uncertain and this made her afraid that a wrong decision would be made. She was filled with great anxiety and was exhausted.
Then the words of comfort came...
"Let Jesus take your hand!"
He said to his Apostles and now says to you
, "Do not be afraid!"
What is certain is that Jesus will never let you down. He will never forget you. Trust in him, talk with him and let Jesus the Good Shepherd take you by the hand.
Know that Fr. Evan and myself offer a private mass for you each day.
Jesus was never a stranger to the sick and the suffering. Let us invite Jesus to dwell within our hearts by making a spiritual communion. Let us entrust ourselves, our families and friends into his merciful love. Jesus is our Good Shepherd, leading us into eternal life.
May God bless you!