May 1st Message from Father Bob

May 1, 2020

Dear Socially Distant Parishioners,

I don’t know about you, but I’m very glad that April is gone and that we are in the beautiful month of May. May 1 is the feast of Saint Joseph, the Worker. We pray for all who work for us, those out of work, and those looking for work or will be working soon, that Saint Joseph will look after them. Also, May is dedicated to our Blessed Mother, Patroness of our country and our church. With May crownings, novenas, and prayers, we ask Mary to help us and defend us from the coronavirus.

My April was full of challenges: no public Masses, cut my big toe moving stuff, someone stole my Visa card numbers, made a mistake on my tax return and I had to pay, and my refrigerator died two weeks ago; I’ve been living out of a cooler like I’m camping. But I have survived all these things and ask Mary for a calm and problem-less May.

As you have heard the bishops have suspended all Masses/liturgies through May 29. The feast of Pentecost this year will be like no other! We hope.

Father Arcangelo Manzi, a religious order priest, died of the virus at the end of April. He was the first priest in the Cleveland diocese to die from the virus. He was assigned to our Lady of Mount Carmel West Parish.  Since 2012 he was also the chaplain at Lutheran Hospital in Cleveland. We pray for his family and all those suffering because of this deadly virus.

This is Good Shepherd Sunday and we pray that we listen to the Lord’s beloved voice. May we never be socially distant from Jesus.  I don’t know if you’ve ever had any experience with sheep, but I’ve met a few at fairs, on the farms, and when I was in Scotland. They smell pretty bad and so do the shepherds. But sheep always recognize the voice of the shepherd and follow him. We hear the voice of the Good Shepherd in many ways: through our prayers, at Holy Mass, reading scripture, and through good people. May the Good Shepherd lead us to His grace and heaven.

From the Morning Journal, Terry Francona (manager of the Cleveland Indians) said, “our country is being tested like it hasn’t been in a very long time. The return of baseball would be a celebration!” I (we) want to celebrate!

A very little humor:

A man walks into a bar and goes up to the bartender and says, “I’ll have a Corona please, hold the virus.”

With Him and His Mom,

Fr. Bob