16 April 2020

Dear Fellow Parishioners,

Happy Easter.  My family and I gathered to watch Mass on Easter Sunday in our “home pew” (a.k.a. the couch). We recited prayers and sang the hymns knowing so many of you were joining along with us.  It was wonderful to see the church decorated with the Easter banners and flowers; to see familiar faces proclaim the word at the ambo and to listen to Fr. Keith give his homily and fill us with hope and positivity during this pandemic. 

We find in the scriptures this week many encounters between the Risen Jesus and His disciples, strengthening them to spread His message. Let us in turn spread the Good News to others through our words and actions.

Every year during the Easter Season, we celebrate the sacrament of First Eucharist. This spring we have over forty children who have been preparing and are excited to share in the table of the Lord with us for the first time.  Because we don’t know when we will return for worship together, they are not able to plan their celebrations. They are patiently waiting for news to schedule a date so relatives, godparents, and friends can share in their special day. I ask that you please hold them in prayer.

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is planned for 29 June – 3 July from 9:00 AM- 12:30 PM.  It is my hope that we will be able to hold it, but all is dependent upon when restrictions are lifted.  Information to register as a participant and volunteer will be shared as soon as possible.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore has a Memorial page to remember individuals within the Archdiocese who have died as a result of Covid-19.  We encourage you to visit the site to pray and remember them and their families.  St. Katharine Drexel parish will add the names of our parishioners that we have lost to the virus. To see the Memorial page, follow this link: https://www.archbalt.org/baltimore-archdiocese-offers-memorial-page-for-victims-of-coronavirus/

In this unsettling pandemic, I can see God working in and through our First Responders, doctors, nurses, grocery clerks, neighbors, friends, musicians and so many more.  Remember that God is in the midst of this and showing us love.  Please enjoy the Boston Conservatory at Berklee  & Berklee College of Music Virtual Choir’s rendition of What the World Needs Now Is Love: https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/03/24/821041006/virtual-love-sweet-love-from-quarantined-berklee-college-of-music-students

Blessings,

Theresa Anderson

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