It is my hope that many more are becoming comfortable with and taking advantage of reading the weekly parish bulletin “on line.” It allows you to read at your leisure, re-read something in greater detail or to refresh your understanding of some important details. It can’t blow out of the car if you happened to have driven a convertible to church on a weekend! It really IS very handy and a great way to reach members of the parish!
We also encourage you to stay in close touch with our Parish and our School Facebook Pages, Steve’s ongoing School Newsletter to parents, our Parish Website, the Diocesan Website, even the Vatican Website. You may find articles or information of great interest on any or all.
You may also find the Catholic News Agency to be a good resource for articles and information. Easy to find; simply type the above title into your server (Safari or whomever).
I heard from my stock broker on Monday! Interesting since I have so little by way of stocks that I should think I’d be down the long list before he got to my name, but he’s a nice guy and must be taking particular care to stay in touch with clients, just to let them hear another friendly voice (if news on the market is that friendly right now). He is also the “dad” of a great Catholic family, a son out of college, two still in, and a daughter in Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne. Of course, all are home right now (or the graduate home for a visit) and as a way of keeping their prayer life alive and well during this abstinence from Holy Mass, they prayed the Rosary together as a family. It didn’t surprise me to have him tell me so, as he too was raised that way; to pray together often and in varied ways, as a family. I tell the story since I know a number of good friends who are doing the same thing as a family—but then, it was always their practice as a Catholic home. I encourage all of you to be doing the same. Remember, as said before, the home is the first Church. As Catholic parents, I want to believe that never a mealtime goes by, nor maybe morning breakfast table or evening dinner table, before the blab of the TV gets turned on, that you don’t first find time for at least some prayer together as a family. Along with weekly Mass (now sadly, only to be viewed on TV), prayer together, parents and children, is part of that promise parents make to God on the day of their children’s baptism. The seriousness of the current times should be a good time to take a hard look at how we are all fulfilling our commitment to daily prayer, reading of Sacred Scripture, if only a short passage for daily reflection, and encouraging such as a family. “The family that prays together, stays together!” Because of the unusual nature of what we are going through presently as a people, I’m sure children will look back some years from now and comment on “what my parents did in the time of crisis” and admire them for their fidelity to God and prayer.
Yes, this past week, I somehow MISSED the detail of it being only one of two times in the Church year when I get to wear that Rose-colored vestment—-and you know what, no one noticed, or if so, they didn’t say anything. Darn, now I have to wait till Advent again! But, we ARE half way through Lent and it WAS Laetare Sunday. And the color is Rose, not pink! Just say’n.
We had a few glitches in one of our first attempts at live-streaming Holy Mass, and there was a bit of buffering throughout, which may have confused or lost some viewers who didn’t understand what that’s all about. We will have resolved that by this weekend. BTW, you can probably read this week’s bulletin on line even a day or two earlier than the weekend itself.
Masses that have been scheduled (in memory of loved ones) are still going on, daily, and only one per weekend (at St. Jude) will have to be re-scheduled since I am only saying one Mass per day, and the Sunday Mass (one of) always must be prayed for the people, by the pastor of a parish. Great care is being taken to make sure that all “Mass intentions” will be fulfilled, if even at a later date than originally scheduled.
We ARE asked to have the church open (available) for individuals to come in to pray. Sit apart the recommended distance! For St. Jude, you may enter from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays, by simply pushing the buzzer at the handicap door #13. A secretary will “buzz” you through. If you turn on a light, use the BACK light switch, and TURN IT OFF when you leave. The Sanctuary light will remain on to assist you in your focus on the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle. For Sacred Heart, they are open weekdays from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on the weekends at regular Mass times. Parishioners are welcome to pray in church at these times.
Maybe as kids finish school work for the day, Mom or Dad might bring them to church to pray the Rosary together or some other favorite prayers, or for some quiet time before the Presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. When the weather is nice, remember the Gazebo is always open!
Blessings and prayers for you all,
- Fr. John