Greetings and welcome to the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. This weekend we celebrate Independent Day. Happy 4
of July everyone! Each July 4
we are reminded of the great independence which our forefathers fought for to guarantee us the life, liberty and happiness we enjoy in this great country.
In the Gospel today Jesus extends an invitation to us. He was reaching out to people that have been broken, wounded, suffering and in need of healing and rest. Each of us that are burdened in life; that are weary and tired. He promises to lift the burden and make it easy. It is a reminder that we all carry different burdens at times in our life. Why do we need to carry these burdens alone when He promises to carry the burden with us and to make it light? What are those burdens of life you are carrying? The important question is this…
do you bring your burden to Christ?
Dear parishioners, this is an invitation from Christ to each of us. When someone sends you an invitation, it requires an RSVP from you. How do we RSVP back to Christ that we are really interested to come to Him with our burdens of life? Let us respond back to Him with humility and with faith.
This weekend, we will be able to open our churches to 33% of capacity, and next weekend it will expand further to 50%! Although we are currently operating at 25% of the actual occupancy of the Church, we have not experienced any problem with the amount of people coming in for mass. If you feel that you are ready to return home and join us, please feel free to come. IF you do not feel comfortable yet, please know that the dispensation from the Sunday obligation remains in effect.
Our Church is being sanitized after each mass in preparation of the next, and hand sanitizer is available at the entrances of the church. It is mandatory for people to sanitize their hands (whether wearing gloves or not) before coming inside the Church. Wearing a facemask continues to be a mandatory requirement in our church as well and must remain on for the full duration of mass except when receiving Communion.
There is no doubt that this pandemic has brought all of us much difficulties in our day-to-day lives. We too as a parish are feeling the pain as well. We hope and pray that this will be over soon. Remember that our major source of income is our weekly collections. We are relying on your financial support to help the needy, pay our bills, and pay salaries. Please help us if you can. You can use our online parish giving or drop your contribution at the parish office. Details regarding e-giving is available in bulletin. Your continued support and generosity are so greatly appreciated!
I am grateful to all our healthcare workers and to everyone who put their life in the forefront of this pandemic. We are praying for you. I am ever grateful to you! Yes! You! We cannot do without you. Even more, I am ever grateful for your presence. We are glad that you are here. Happy 4
of July weekend. Please stay safe!
At your service and His
Rev. Lawrence Onyegu