“Our hope is in the Lord who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121
March 17, 2020
Like you, I am eager for the time when we can be together again to celebrate the Eucharist. This suspension of the public celebration of the Mass was not taken lightly and is in fact done out of deep compassion for the flock. As one Church, we are united by the Holy Spirit. We are brothers and sisters in Christ. Our communion goes beyond physical walls. We are called to pray for each other and use our various gifts in service. In this difficult time, let us especially ask the Lord for Mercy and consolation.
I encourage you to reach out to your elderly neighbors who may be living alone and need assistance or reassurance. Perhaps they need help in ordering supplies for delivery or a ride to a clinic or pharmacy. While our food drive to help the poor is suspended temporarily, please don’t forget them. Instructions for future collection will be announced when available.
The Light is still on for you! I will hear Confessions in the church on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm-8:00pm and on Saturdays from 9:00am-10:00am. Additionally, you may call (301) 942-1020 in case of sacramental emergencies requiring the Anointing of the Sick.
Finally, I invite all of you to join me in praying a Novena to Mary for her intercession starting on Wednesday, March 18 and ending on Thursday, March 26. Our intention will be for an end of the pandemic, healing for all who are sick, and strength for our health professionals and leaders. The novena will be on the Holy Cross website and the link can be found here: Protection Prayer Novena
Sincerely in Christ,