I hope you all had a quiet and restful weekend. It was very painful for me to see the empty church, empty pews and empty parking lot. I spent some time in the empty church praying for you, your family, our faith community and for the world. Please remain safe and support one another during this dark time. Spend time with your family, pray, play and do things that you ordinarily might not have time to do. Make sure to use the material that we have been periodically posting for you on our website. It is important for families and individuals to intentionally maintain and develop faith practices to remain strong in faith. I also encourage you to look at the website of other parishes and dioceses, there are tons of materials for you to worship creatively at this link and encourage your family members to participate. I have been getting a lot of positive feedback as to how this has been helping people to pray together as a family.
Also, don’t forget to continue to support our parish financially. I know it is a difficult time for all of us. At the same time I want to remember that our ministry is alive and parish life continues: the operating expenses accrue, employees need to be paid, those who are hungry need to be helped by way of our Food Pantry, and more. Offertory envelopes and or checks can be mailed to the parish office. To support our parish regularly and without the use of offertory envelopes, online egiving is available and is an excellent option. I also encourage those who can contribute a little more than their usual to do so. It will help to cover our operating cost.
I also directed my staff to call and touch base with you to let you know that we miss you and are praying for you. If you get a call from the office, please do not be alarmed. We are also calling to find out if there are any seniors in our parish who need help in terms of buying groceries. We have a team of committed parishioners who are willing to shop for the elderly and deliver food to them.
Again, please keep safe and stay in touch. Continue to check the website for more updates and resources.