A Message from Father Devdas – March 30, 2020

Dear Friend,

Good Morning! I hope you all had a quiet and restful weekend. Last night, I received an email from one of our parishioners asking me if the weekend was painful. First of all, I thank everyone for your outpouring of support, love, and unity in the midst of uncertainty. Most of all, I thank God for your faith. Remain strong, and put your trust in God, He will not abandon us. Yes, the weekend was painful, because I could not see anyone or celebrate the Eucharist with you. Although we are not able to come together physically to worship, we are all and will always be united together as a family of Santa Sophia faith community.

Please know that although the office is closed, the staff are still working every day for a few hours to do the basic things. Most of our staff are available remotely, so please do not hesitate to call us if you need assistance.

Starting this Wednesday, I will reopen the church for confessions from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, the usual scheduled hour. I will also be available to hear confessions by appointment. I ask that you please maintain a distance of six feet from one another when you form a line to make your confessions in the church.

Many of our parishioners have expressed their desire to see our church and participate in the Holy Week and the Easter Sunday Masses. Although we will not be able to gather as a community during this time, we are planning to record these celebrations and upload them to the church’s website for your viewing and participation. We will be attempting a trial service sometime this week; if it goes well, we will proceed with filming the Holy Week services. Please keep us and this project in your prayers.

Many of you have continued to give generously these past couple of weeks, either in person, through mail, or through our online giving. The parish staff and I wish to thank you so very much! It is only through your generosity that we are able to continue with the ministry of the Church during this difficult time. If your donations decrease or cease, this will limit what we are able to do during this time. Please continue to give and support us so that we can remain open and vibrant, even during these times when we feel separated or even exiled from each other as a community. Please know that we are thankful for your support, and we are praying for you.

I am happy to inform you that we contacted almost all of the registered members of our parish by phone. It was nice talking with you all on the phone, and I thank you for your words of appreciation. During our telephone call we came across many families needing assistance in buying groceries. Please know that we have a team in our parish to assist such families. If you come across anyone needing such assistance, please contact us. I thank the team for their willingness to serve our community, especially during this time of great need.

Again, please keep safe and stay in touch. Continue to check the website for more updates and resources.

Fr. Devdas