July 1, 2020
We made it through our first month of public worship. Congratulations! When I walked down the aisle for the Vigil Mass of Pentecost on May 30 and saw familiar faces once again seated in the pews, I could barely speak. All the prayers, all the precautions, and all the preparations had led to this special eve. How appropriate that it was the celebration of the Holy Spirit.
So, now thirty days later, how are we doing? I think fairly well. While the seating restrictions prohibit us from returning to our usual attendance, I am grateful to those of you who have ventured out to attend Mass. You have been wonderful in following the important established guidelines for public safety. I am also grateful to those of you who do not feel comfortable enough to return but have faithfully joined with us online each week.
My gratitude also extends to our parish staff who have had to manage new approaches to serving our community- from videotaping Masses, to planning three First Communion and Confirmation Masses, and celebrating weddings and baptisms. And where would we be without our Knights of Columbus? They and their wives have been incredibly generous in offering their time to usher at all our Masses.
Slowly, we are moving in the right direction. In the midst of such challenges, the Lord always finds a way to provide for what we need. In the words of Psalm 23 “to safe waters you lead me; you restore my strength.” Let us pray for continued patience and perseverance. Have a safe holiday weekend!