In the meantime, pray for two virtues to take hold of us as we endure the difficult and challenging days ahead. The first virtue is patience. As Americans and in our technological and digital age we strive for efficiency and getting things done yesterday. How do we cope with having to wait for the virus to stop? Patience is not only necessary, it is essential for all of us. The second virtue is perseverance. Place what we are going through in comparison to the Cross of Christ. Honestly, unless you have lost a loved one or have someone suffering from the virus, there is little comparison. Perseverance requires that we place all in God’s hands and trust that despite many unknowns we will survive and even come out better than when the virus first started.
One of the greatest challenges for all churches the past three months has been maintaining financial standing. I cannot say “Thank You” enough for your generosity that has kept us in the best financial situation. As I said before, I am lucky to be here as your pastor and a good reason is the way you support the parish with your time, talent and treasure. You have been amazing in your financial assistance throughout these difficult days. Thank you for your kindness to our community.
As we have announced the last several weeks, our Saturday Vigil 5PM Mass will officially become the 4:30PM liturgy on Saturday, August 1st (four weeks from now). This will make a big difference especially when the time changes and we will have more daylight after Mass to allow people to arrive back home before it is too dark outside. Thanks for answering the poll we sent out a few months ago. This helped determine the time change would be beneficial to most who attend the Saturday evening Mass.
Look to purchase the book, “The Great Divorce” by C.S. Lewis for our Four Seasons Book Club. This is truly a classic by a classic author. C.S. Lewis is the author of the Narnia Tales, which many have read or seen the adaption on the “Big Screen.” The book can be purchased online. Please read it and join us on Tuesday, August 11th at 7PM via Zoom. A link will be sent out several days ahead of time so you can join us. Hope to see you there with reflection and insight.
Finally, on this July 4th weekend my prayers to you, your family and especially our nation. The pandemic and the civil unrest the nation and world have experienced these past several months cause me to pray that somehow God will bring peace and tranquility to his people and land. This might sound like “pie-in-the-sky” thinking, but the impossible can happen. My hope is that we can become better people through all the adversity so many are facing. Have a great week.