This week I got a much over-due haircut, and it was GREAT! One effect the COVID-19 quarantine has had on me is appreciating the simple things in life– the things we don’t even pay attention to when we are so busy with our normal lives. I pray that one of the blessings of our current societal retreat will be a continued awareness of, and appreciation for, the simple things in life that we often take for granted.
Once again, we have surpassed our goal in the Annual Appeal for Catholic Ministries. This is a testimony to our commitment as a parish to the wider mission of the church. It also provides a wonderful opportunity for us to share with St. Michael’s Indian School (in Arizona) and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, both founded by our patron Saint Katharine Drexel—as well as assist our partner parish (St. Hubert) in Haiti. Thanks to all who helped us reach our goal. We now receive a “50% of every dollar over our goal” rebate to help us with our mortgage payments next year—so we’ll see how far we can go!
Because there are no weekday Masses available during the current restrictions, we have begun posting “Sixty-Second-Sermons” based on the readings of the day on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday of each week when we usually have weekday Mass. Even though access to the Eucharist is not possible on these days, we hope these “Sixty-Second-Sermons” (posted on our website) will help to keep you in touch with the scripture readings for those days. Thanks to our three deacons who are providing these homilies each week.
Usually by this time you would have received our “Pentecost Spirit Renewal” mailing, inviting you to complete the form recommitting your pledge of time, talent, and treasure to our parish mission. As we won’t be in church for Pentecost to gather these forms, allow me, instead, to simply say “thank you” for your continued support during these extraordinary times.