Bulletin Letter, Lenten Sunday 5A
These are challenging times, but times of great opportunity to work together as a parish for the common good. As we get deeper into the effects of COVID-19, I wanted to assure you that you and your families are in our prayers and we are here to serve you in your needs.
Now is great time and opportunity to spend more time in prayer with your families. Our parish churches remain open for those who want to pray before the Blessed Sacrament who are healthy. Please maintain personal hygiene, social distancing, and use common sense. The other bit of news is that schools will not be reconvening before May 1. This also means we are unable to meet together for religious education on Wednesdays. I encourage our teachers, students and families to explore the resources available at formed.org to continue lessons remotely.
These are also uncertain economic times. That said, it is important that we keep up with our Sunday giving for our yearly budgeted expenses. In order to keep our churches afloat financially, I ask you to send in your envelope each week by mail or to explore the option of online giving, which the Diocese is making available to all parishes during this time. To give online, navigate to sfcatholic.org/online-donations/ and click on “Parish Donations.” On the next page, you will be able to select your parish. These are sorted alphabetically by the city name.
It is better for us to prepare now, rather than to put it off for a later date when we could have difficulties. In this season of Lent, we have an opportunity to pray, fast, and to give alms. As we have not been able to travel as much or spend as much on vacations or sporting events, I would ask you to consider using this money saved to be generous to the Church. We have ongoing expenses, although other projects may have to be put on hold to cut costs.
With the slowdown and the threat of illness, the Church is still the most important place where we receive comfort and the Lord’s Presence. As your pastor, I am here to serve and will keep you aware of any changes. We do need to have social distancing, but we must also be aware of those around us who are getting isolated or lonely. We need to work together in these extraordinary times to share faith, hope, and love, to continue to reach out in creative ways to those in need. May it please God to deliver us soon not only from the plague of this virus but also from the burden of these restrictions so that we might gather together again as His family.