Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:
I pray and hope this message finds you and your families well. I realize we are all facing a challenging time these days but as Catholic-Christians we are people of hope for we know our loving God is with us! Prior to His Ascension, the Risen Jesus told His disciples that “…I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Mt 28:20b) and His words are just as true today as they were then.
During this time, I encourage you to prayerfully read the Daily Mass readings each day and experience the peace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. In order to hopefully assist you with this process, I am going to be sending out written homilies on a regular basis. These homilies will be available on the parish website. You will be able to access them by clicking on the tab entitled “Homilies” on the parish homepage.
My sending out homilies will begin next Wednesday, March 25th (Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord) and then each Sunday after that for the next while. I also plan to send out homilies for the Easter Triduum, that is, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.
In order to help make this process somewhat comparable to attending Holy Mass, I suggest that you read these homilies after prayerfully reading over the Mass readings of the day. After that I suggest that you pray an Our Father and then make a Spiritual Communion. This can be done by reciting the following prayer:
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were
already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be
separated from You. Amen.
In closing, please be aware that you are in my daily prayers and I ask that you keep our entire pastoral team in your prayers as well. There are many people who are understandably very distressed right now, and so let us incorporate these words of St. Paul into our daily lives:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which
we ourselves are consoled by God (2 Cor 1:3-4).
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Robert Weaver, Parochial Vicar,
All Saints, Sacred Heart, St. Charles Garnier