From Fr. Frank,
Who would have thought just two weeks ago that we would be in this time of crisis, one that has altered the lives of everyone on this planet? This truly shows how vulnerable life is and how we are called to treasure each other. This is also a summins to renew our relationship with Christ who teaches us to “Come to me all who are burdened and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” These words can bring us all comfort and put this crisis in perspective.
The yoke of Jesus is to love our neighbor, especially in troubled times. Please take care of yourself and do what is necessary to stay healthy so you are able to reach out to help if possible. See if anyone needs groceries brought to them or other errands taken care of. If anyone needs assistance, call rectory and I will bring you whatever you need. Many parishioners are also willing to help out ANY person who needs errands run for whatever reason. It goes without saying that all safeguards to protect everyone’s health must be followed.
I am celebrating Mass each and everyday for all parishioners, as well as, trying to write a daily homily. I will also be live streaming Mass this Sunday at 10:00am, which can be viewed on website, and potentially Facebook. This is a trial run, so let’s hope it works out.
I am so inspired by our volunteers who are rising to the occasion by coming up with creative ways to continue the various outreach ministries, while protecting everyone’s health, observing all mandated requirements. And I can’t thank enough those who are staying home to protect their own health and well being. We want you to remain healthy, so that when this is all over, we can all come together in gratitude and celebration, particularly at Mass in our church.
I encourage every parishioner to take this time to do creative activities with your children. This can be an opportunity to strengthen your family bonds. Keep the upcoming Easter traditions alive if at all possible. Pray with each other each and everyday. If you don’t know how, learn how to pray the rosary, which connects you with Jesus and his Mother. Send emails to people who need to be reassured. Or call them.
We are in this TOGETHER, spiritually if not physically. Our FAITH is the one reality that can never be destroyed or diminished unless we let it. We will make it through this. God is with us!!!