As you know already, all Masses have cancelled until April 3rd. The Archdiocese hopefully will allow Masses on Palm Sunday weekend. A decision will be made at some future date. In the meantime, I am saying private Masses with the intention that those suffering from the virus will soon be healed and for the intention of those who have died from it will rest in God’s peace and their families turn to the Lord for healing. Also in my intentions at Mass, I’m praying for all individuals and families of our parish in particular.
Because I am of certain age and because of my own health concerns and the guidelines of the Archdiocese, I am limited in what I can do. I will certainly be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturday afternoons from 3:00 to 3:30 pm and on Monday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. At the direction of the Archdiocese, the Sacrament will only be celebrated behind a screen (no face-to-face allowed). I won’t be available for the Sacrament of the Sick in hospitals, nursing homes, or in private homes because of age and health concerns as long as guidelines are in place. This is at the suggestion of the Archdiocesan memo to priests. I invite you to pray with me for a quick end of the spread of this virus and a return to normalcy, whatever that might mean for each of us.