This past week I “celebrated” the 41st anniversary of my ordination as a priest on Tuesday. It’s a strange celebration when you are by yourself all day—even stranger when you reflect that priests are ordained to minister and be with people—something that none of us is allowed to do right now! But I did gain comfort remembering the wonderful 40th Anniversary celebration so many people shared in last year at this time, and being grateful that it didn’t occur this year… or it would have been cancelled!
You’ll notice that we are currently at 97% of goal for the Annual Appeal for Catholic Ministries. We designate funds from our rebate to assist Saint Michael’s Indian School (in Arizona) and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament—as well as assist our partner-parish Saint Hubert in Haiti and our own parish outreach to immigrants. If your envelope is still on your desk at home, please help us reach our goal!
Even though this is about the time that scheduled games would normally commence, the Frederick County Summer Church Softball League is on hold, but still hoping to have some kind of a season. As we co-sponsor a team each year, please watch this bulletin to find out if, and when, play might resume.
All the priests of the Archdiocese had the opportunity to join a Zoom meeting with Archbishop Lori this past week. Many pastors were expressing the desire to open their churches again, at least in small or controlled ways. Archbishop Lori assured everyone that there is a very cooperative relationship with the governor’s office, and even a special COVID-19 task force for houses of worship. He will continue working closely with Governor Hogan (and our neighboring dioceses) to allow our parishes to open in some way as soon and as safely as possible—but with the number of cases and deaths continuing to rise in Maryland each day, who knows when that will be?