May 21, 2020 Message from Father Bob

Dear Parishioners and Friends Near and Far,

A friend of mine reminded me of one of my favorite prayers/poems:

The Difference

I got up early one morning and rushed right into the day;
I had so much to accomplish that I didn’t have time to pray
Problems just tumbled about me and heavier came each task,
“Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered.
He answered, “You didn’t ask.”

I wanted to see joy and beauty, but the day toiled on gray and bleak;
I wondered why God didn’t show me;
He said, “But you didn’t seek.”

I tried to come into God’s presence;
I used all my keys at the lock;
God gently and lovingly chided, “My child, you didn’t knock.”

I woke up early this morning, and paused before entering the day;
I had so much to accomplish that I had to take time to pray.

Author unknown

This Sunday is the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord. He went to heaven but He didn’t leave us alone. Next Sunday is the feast of Pentecost. 50 days after Easter the Holy Spirit was given to us and the whole church. “Come Holy Spirit and fill the hearts of the faithful.”

The church will look quite different when you come for weekday or weekend Masses next week. It is important that we take every precaution to be safe, clean and organized. Please wear a mask in church and listen to those ushering and guiding us. We will learn together how to worship with these extraordinary circumstances caused by the virus. Again, please wear a mask during your time in church, as we do in stores etc. Keeping a distance of at least 6 feet is important and for now there will be no singing in church for safety reasons.

With sadness I tell you that Marty McIntire passed away on Tuesday. He was the husband of our rectory cook, Theresa. Please keep his family in your prayers.

May 29 is the feast day of Saint Pope Paul VI. He was canonized October 14, 2018. In 1975, I was in Rome, in an audience of Americans to visit with Pope Paul. I remember his piercing but gentle eyes. In 1964, he was the first pope to leave Italy in 150 years. He also was the first pope to visit the United States, speaking before the United Nations in 1965.

A little virus humor … if there is such a thing:

“It’s been such a joy being home with my wife these past weeks. We’ve caught up on all the things I’ve done wrong the past 30 years.”

To all the grandparents who are missing their grandchildren. When this is over you can have them for a month. Promise.

Notice from the association of psychiatrists:
Dear citizens, during the quarantine it is considered normal to talk to your plants and pets. Kindly contact us only if they reply. Thank you.

With Him and His Mom,

Father Bob