The epidemic nature of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is an unprecedented event in our time. I want you to know that your priests have been praying for you. The parish priests celebrate Mass daily at the rectory (the priests’ residence) in our small chapel. We are praying that God will allow the ending of this terrible disease and the safety of all people. We are praying for you and your loved ones.
With the suspension of public Masses in order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are all facing a change greater than what most of us have ever experienced. All of us are being asked that when we gather, we do so in groups of no more than ten people and to maintain social distancing. Social distancing is allowing a sufficient distance between people (for example, six feet) in order to lessen the likelihood of transmission of the virus.
The major means of communications among you and the priests and parish staff is through the parish website. It will have current information on changes at the parish brought about by the coronavirus. Click on the tab Coronavirus in the top right-hand menu.
We are temporarily unable to be physically present at Mass and so, this Sunday, March 22nd, the Fourth Sunday of Lent, I invite you to stay connected with our parish. You may view, from your home internet, Mass in English and in Spanish, previously recorded at All Saints Church. This will be at 9:30 AM in English and 11:00 AM in Spanish. You will be able to view these videos also at a later time during the day. See the All Saints Parish Facebook page or the parish website Sunday Mass page.
There is much uncertainty in people’s lives. It is so important that we pray for each other at this time. God is constantly at work, even though it can be difficult for us to see at this time. We pray for those infected with this disease and those who have died from it. We pray for medical personnel: doctors, nurses, and researchers. We pray for students, parents, and teacher as they shift to remote learning (distance learning; e-learning). We pray for our government leaders, as they are navigating through this difficult time. We are all facing questions of our livelihoods and work that enables us to pay our expenses. It is at this time that I come before the Lord and pray, “Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in you.” That was a prayer that I was taught as a young child.
We are going through an “exodus” journey this Lent, just as the Hebrew people were led through the Exodus through the wilderness when God liberated them from slavery. The Holy Spirit is leading us through these difficult days of our own wilderness.
Let us also pray to Mary, Health of the Sick, that she will intercede for us before the throne of God.
May God bless you and your loved ones.
Father Lee Roos