My dear Parishioners,
Now you are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it. (1 Corinthians 12:27)
There is no doubt that we are presently in unprecedented times. However, while different because of their causes, unprecedented times have been successfully navigated in the past. History has a way of repeating itself. My faith is sure that this will be another one of those times. We will successfully navigate these new unprecedented times. In order to do that, let us be like our patron who stated that: “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7) Together, we must keep the faith. We the Church, the mystical body of Christ, having been enlightened by Christ at our Baptisms must be resolute in the faith during these times. For we are “the light of the World.” (Matthew 5:14) The world is dependent on us whether that is realized or not. Indeed, as Church, we are “the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” (1 Timothy 3:15)
One of the unprecedented times in the past was World War II. Winston Churchill requested the members of the United Kingdom to pray together from their homes each night at 9 PM. I think, as a parish, we can and should do something like that. Wherever we find ourselves, at our homes, in our rectory, in our car, etc. let us all stop whatever we are doing and pray at 9 PM daily, together even though dispersed. This time of prayer can follow any form that you would like. As a suggestion, you can click on this link Nightly at 9 PM. While it is hard not coming together on Sundays, these times of prayer will unite us in Christ. We will realize more deeply that we are not alone. We have each other. We have Christ.
As I was praying about this, it occurred to me that we could also come together for a holy hour. If you look at this page, CATHOLIC WEBSITES, you will see a link for virtual Eucharistic Adoration. Please click on that and, for an hour starting at 6 PM on Thursday, let’s together make a holy hour for our parish and the world. Please click here for suggested prayer during this holy hour Thursday at 6 PM.
It is important that we stick together. It is imperative that we remain resolute in faith. Please know that Fr. Knight and I continue to offer Mass and prayer for the parish, for you, and for those for whom we have been asked to pray. Let us continue to be St. Paul Parish, a light for the world and those who are running the good race. This link connects to a page which has three prayers in the face of the pandemic. Let us pray for one another and together for our parish and world.
In the love of Christ Jesus, Lord and Savior,