Fr. Chris Article - March 29, 2020

Mar 26, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

How quickly things can change!  So many aspects of our lives have been altered by this outbreak and the attempts to contain it.  For many it is a time of uncertainty and even fear.

But we do not determine our own fate.  This has always been the case, but it is hammered home to us now.  I truly believe that the measures being taken that have ground so many aspects of our lives to a halt are also being used by the Lord to try to get our attention once again.  He desires that we give our ears and our hearts to Him in all things, and in a sense He has removed many of the voices that normally drown out His own. We are being asked to slow our busy pace of life and ask the deeper questions as to what is most important.  What are our lives here meant for? Our Faith gives us the most foundational answers to that perennial question.

In the practicalities of things, however, how do we continue to live that Faith in the current circumstance?  For some, it has been an occasion to panic. Increasingly, however, people are beginning to rediscover some of the simple and beautiful aspects of life.  In talking with one of our staff this week, they related that they had seen something remarkable for the first time since moving to their current neighborhood.  When going for a walk with their spouse, they saw families everywhere in their yards, playing with their children, interacting with one another, and seeing real human beauty in action.  It was inspiring.

These are the things that we must reappropriate and treasure.  There are blessings available to us that are constantly present to us that we often fail to even recognize.  The Lord is offering us a fresh look at what we have and actually need.

Another practicality is the current state of our parish operations.  Though we have closed the office to personal traffic for the sake of minimizing the risk of spread of the illness, we are still keeping things going here.  If you have questions or business to attend to, please continue to call. This is especially true of sacramental emergencies. If people are in need of the anointing of the sick or viaticum who are in grave health, please call the parish and punch through to the emergency line.  I will be there immediately. In terms of prayer and the Sacrament of Penance, we are still offering opportunities for both of those. Confessions will be Tu-Th, 6 pm, Sat 4pm, and Sun 9am. The church doors will continue to be open for private devotion and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.  And of course I will continue to live-stream Mass each day during the week at approximately 9 am. Also, take advantage of our parish subscription to Formed.org to continue to increase your knowledge of and dedication to our Faith. All of this and other info is on our website.

Finally, since we still have to keep the lights on and pay the bills, perhaps look into our online giving at https://catholicdaylight.weshareonline.org/  If because of economic uncertainty or hardship this is too burdensome at this time, we fully understand, but any tithing is appreciated!

Most especially, however, please be safe, and be assured of my prayers for you.  I am lifting you all up at every Mass. We will get through this together, even if we’re apart.

In Christ Our Hope,

-Fr. Chris

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