I just wanted to take a moment to ‘check in’ with all of you as we share an experience that is unprecedented in our lives. Lent 2020 will be remembered for decades to come! Who would have ever thought that the day would come when we would be asked to ‘give up’ Mass for Lent! We have now received word that there will be no public Holy Week Services or Easter Masses this year as we are asked to continue our social distancing.
It is important that we remember why we are doing what we do so that the cross we carry in these weeks becomes one that we not only willingly accept, but embrace. Staying away from one another saves lives as the coronavirus runs its course. It is as simple as that. We are asked to think especially of the most vulnerable among us who are susceptible to the worst effect of the virus and, for love of them, stay inside. Thank you for the generous spirit with which you are doing this.
More than 30 parishioners have signed up to run errands for the elderly who might be in need of groceries or medicines during these days of social distancing. Thank you for this great spirit of caring. Christ the King athletes and coaches are lending a hand at the Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry and are doing some of the heavy lifting there. I am so proud of them!
Mr. Seib, Mrs.Wenclewicz and the teachers and staff of Christ the King are doing an amazing job of creating us much normalcy as possible in the most abnormal of times for the students of our parish school. How grateful we are to them and to all teachers and administrators.
I have been blessed with the good fortune of having Deacon Michael with me at the rectory. Deacon Michael assists at the daily Mass we offer and is the ‘first responder’ to any needs that come up. He is also a fine cook and we are enjoying some unusual, but delicious, combinations of Indian- American foods. I couldn’t ask for a better person with whom to share this experience. Thank you to all who have called to make sure that we have all that we need. We do!
We look forward to that day when we will be together again for Mass and for our usual parish activities. I imagine that our ‘Allelluia’s’will be louder than ever! Until that time, we invite you to join the parish family for our virtual Masses that are available on Sunday and Wednesday mornings. Thank you to everyone who has sent pictures of families participating in last week’s Sunday Mass from the comfort and the sacredness of the family home. Let us remain united in prayer for one another and for the world.
See you at Mass –virtually!
Fr. Todd & Deacon Michael