1 October 2020
Back to Mass
You have been missed in the parish and at Mass. When public Masses resumed May 31, we understood that people with underlying conditions and who were anxious about the virus would continue to examine their suitability before attending Mass. I pray you are well and have had such an opportunity to determine if now is the time to resume your faithful participation at the Eucharist. Safe distance and mask wearing are a real part of our celebration of Mass as we observe common sense in respecting others and safeguarding our health. You will find suitable space to sit and pray, hear God’s Word, receive his Body and Blood, and be safe.
Some have maintained their offertory support of the parish while others have not. I understand there may be reasons for this but I encourage everyone to acknowledge the reality that without your donations to the parish, this community of faith which you participated in may close as if it were a failing business, a victim of the pandemic. We are not a victim, we are a body of believers who live and act as the Body of Christ. I invite you to renew your place in the community as you are able. If there is anything we can do to assure you and assist you, please let us know.
You are remembered in prayer but I prefer not to think of you as a memory but an active, vibrant member of the parish as we confidently move forward united in our Catholic Faith under the gentle and direct care of Our Lady of Mercy.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Very Reverend Kenneth D. Whittaker, V. F.