Father David’s Letter
Dear Friends in Christ,
I think we just experienced the shortest spring ever, from winter to summer in like a week! Hahaha. Or so it seems at least. Well one thing is for sure, those flowers will be growing quickly now in the heat, especially with exceptionally well moisturized soil from the spring!
Since we are still in the Easter Season, and will be for a few more weeks, I would like to say that I have been very edified and encouraged this Easter so far. Holy Week was incredibly powerful. It is every year, but there was something a little deeper this time that I can’t quite put my finger on. Maybe it was the feeling of rising out of this pandemic, finally (though there are still cases around). Maybe it was the sense of being a stronger parish, not necessarily in numbers but in depth of devotion. Maybe it was realizing how even as evil gains force in our world, good faithful God-fearing people are rising up all around as well. Maybe it was seeing that even though God is being “put to death” little by little in our culture, he is not quitting us; though it continues to be a long struggle, with evil seeming to have the upper hand sometimes, his Word and his Truth are little by little prevailing, as in the end they will. I suppose the power of this Holy Week and Easter for me is in all of those realities, and more as well. In any case, I am grateful to God for the blessings of a wonderful few weeks!
What about for each of you? How has Easter been for you?
Speaking of Easter, I also have to say, again, that I don’t remember ever having a baptism on Easter Sunday, let alone THREE! It was glorious! Those three girls were so precious, and they looked like three little angels in their white baptismal albs! An incredible experience for all of us that none of us will ever forget.
Divine Mercy Sunday was stirring as well. Since this was our first relatively “normal” Easter in three years, I decided not to join with another parish for this Feast Day (as we had started doing before the pandemic) and focus on gathering us here as home for the celebration. I was ecstatic with the number of you who came out for the special Eucharistic Holy Hour and for confessions that afternoon! If you found it beneficial please spread the word so more people can experience the Lord’s unfathomable graces and blessings that he bestows on that day. That’s how we keep this growing, by good ole fashioned word of mouth!
First Communion last Sunday was a glorious and beautiful day! Nine children, eight girls and one boy, received Jesus’ Eucharistic Body for the very first time. I told them they looked so handsome and beautiful, and surely the Lord was pleased with their desire and their excitement! I also said to them that they remind the rest of us not to take for granted how WE approach to receive Jesus – spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and yes physically. It makes a difference how we present ourselves to Jesus, how prepared and recollected and focused and intentional and well attired we are. Not for him, because he doesn’t need it, but for us, because we do; and because Jesus deserves for us to give our very best in the most important act of worship we can ever give him.
I was also thankful we had a beautiful morning for May Crowning. What really impressed me was the First Communion girls lined up on both sides of the walkway standing as an honor guard for Mary’s crown, and for the mothers (and a few fathers) who presented flowers to Mary. Very precious!
That’s all for today. Have a blessed and enjoyable week!
Updated Post Covid -19 Mass Directives as of 2/23/2022
As of 2/23/2022, Bishop Malloy has lifted the mask mandate while attending Mass or sacramental events in the church. If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, please continue to do so. It is your choice. Hand sanitizer is still available at church entrances for your continued use.
If you still feel uncomfortable to attend Mass, the weekend Mass is still available on St. Mary’s Facebook page and also still being broadcast for you to attend in your car on radio station FM90.3. You can then receive the Eucharist after Mass.
Here is the link to Spiritual Communion and Chaplet of the Blessed Sacrament: https://www.virgosacrata.com/spiritual-communion.html
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