It’s been 8 or 9 weeks now since the Stay at Home mandate was set in place and our world changed.
It’s been hard, the isolation, many are tempted to fear, to be anxious and perhaps even despair. Some have lost those whom they love, some have suffered through the debilitating effects of this illness, some have lost their jobs, their income, and most have encountered much disruption to the normal flow of their daily lives.
Every crisis in life is also an opportunity to turn to our Savior Jesus in trust and complete abandonment so as to rest in His merciful hands. To rest in the hands of God means we are secure, despite the uncertainty of life. It means we are free to love God and others, despite the challenges we face. It means we raise our eyes to Heaven, rather than look down in fear. And this is a great time of challenge for the Church to help others.
Our Governor has just announced that the Stay at Home Order has been extended till the end of May. We don’t know if that will be further extended. Our bishop has announced that we will be able to begin having public liturgies beginning on May 18th however, with the extension of the Stay at Home Order, this may change. I am waiting for clarification from the bishop’s office.
All of this is somewhat frustrating. What does that mean? How and when will we return to our regular parish life? Certainly we know we’re not going to go back and do things the way we’re used to. We will want to maintain certain standards and most of all prevent anyone from being exposed or end up in the hospital with COVID-19. This will be a slow process and a learning process.
Having said that, we definitely want to thank the Lord that it appears that in many countries and in many States here in the US we leveled off and the cases are dropping.
We will continue to provide through our website and Facebook our daily liturgies and weekend celebrations, our staff sharings, Wednesday evening adoration times. I have begun a series of question and answer times with our young people.
Lastly I want to say thanks to everyone who has been working to help continue the work of the parish and the Kingdom. I want to thank the parish staff, several volunteers behind the scene, our seminarians, teachers and school staff. And I want to thank all of you who continue to financially support the parish.
God Bless, Fr Dennis
A Prayer to Combat the
Most Merciful and Triune God, We come to You in our weakness. We come to You with trust. for You alone are our hope. We place before You the disease present in our world. We turn to You in our time of need. Bring wisdom to doctors and give understanding to scientists. Endow caregivers with compassion and generosity.
Bring healing to those who are ill. Protect those who are most at risk. Welcome those who have died into Your Eternal Home. Stabilize
our communities. Unite us in our compassion. Remove all fear from our hearts.
Jesus, I trust in You. Amen.
Litany to Our Blessed Mother
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us.
Our Lady, Comforter of the Afflicted, pray for us.
Our Lady, Help of Christians, pray for us.
Our Lady, Health of the Sick, pray for us.
Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.
Our Lady, Queen of Heaven and Earth, pray for us. Amen.