March 29, 2020

This weekend’s readings speak powerfully to us in our current struggles. It is easy to despair, but as we hear in today’s gospel, “this illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God.” As I mentioned last weekend in our Mass, God is at work even now! He is calling us to rise up in newness of faith and to renew our trust in him! Indeed, as we journey through Lent, all the readings begin to shift into a message of hope. As we continue this journey, we do not know when things will return to normalcy, but we do know that they will. May the Lord continue to guide us as we place our trust in Him!

People have been asking about confessions and other such services and so I would like to address these. Over the past week and a half, I have been on my own as Fr. Eric has been with family. I have also been working with Baptist Hospital in order to gain access to the sick and dying during this time when their protocols are very strict. These added to the weakness I have been feeling in my own treatment have made me pause. I do not want to bring any unexpected illness to the hospital or from the hospital to you. In his guidance, Bishop Estevez has asked that regular times of confession not be announced to avoid the gathering of crowds. Added to this, our Holy Father has encouraged faithful to bring their sins to the Lord and then to confession when it is possible. As I type this, I await Fr. Eric’s return from his time away tomorrow so that we may better coordinate ministry. As of right now, I am hoping that we will be able to make confession available for Palm Sunday Weekend, we are just trying to work out the logistics. Once things begin returning to normal, I hope to have a penance service in order to make confessions widely available. For the time being, if you are able to wait, I would ask that you kindly do so, this way we can take care of those in most immediate need.

As I have mentioned, the seriousness with which our medical community has approached this virus says all we need to hear about how we need to approach it. Be safe and stay home when you can. Please be assured of our prayers and please pray for us here at the parish.

We will continue to upload Sunday Masses and are working for the Stations of the Cross as well, please check our website. We are also working so that we can livestream the liturgies of the Holy Triduum, as well. Our Sisters are livestreaming on our School’s Facebook page a rosary every evening at 7:30pm. As time goes on, we will hopefully add more.

Lastly, I realize that times are going to be tight in the weeks and months ahead, I want to thank you all for your support and dedication to our faith community here at Assumption. Your generosity is the primary source of our income. If you are able, we would greatly appreciate your continued support. Offertory envelopes can be mailed in or dropped off at the Rectory office or we will have a box as you enter the church M-F 9:00-3:00 pm near the Apparitions Hall. You can also sign up for Faith Direct online. If you need help in signing up, please call the parish office and one of our folks on staff can assist you.

May God bless you all! Know that I, along with the Servant Sisters, pray for you each day as we celebrate Mass together.

Love,

Fr. Jason

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