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Dear Friends,
It’s Saturday, March 21st.  It was only two weeks ago yesterday that I returned from the hills (mountains, if you like) of Vermont.  And it’s a totally different world, to which we all have to adjust.  That adjustment, it seems, is about to get even more radical in the coming week, perhaps as early as today.  First and foremost, in all of this, I pray for those who have been stricken by the coronavirus, those who have died from it and their families and friends.  I pray for the healthcare workers, ,those who put their lives out in front, knowing that their own health is at risk, even with whatever protection is or might be available.  I pray for all of us, not just for our safety but for the “wholeness” of our hearts, to keep strong, confident, trusting in the Lord’s love for us, as He holds us gently in the palm of His hands. 

On our homepage you will find a number of suggestions and links to various prayers, activities and devotions which will help you and your family stay close to the Lord in this time of stress.  I encourage you to use them, especially with your children who really need to know God’s love and providential care for them in these days.  Set aside a time each day, especially if new, more stringent directives from the state government keep more of you at home, to pray as a family and to reflect on that love the Lord has for you.  We will be updating and adding to these whenever possible.  At some time we might create a separate page to help organize the materials better.  Please also consult the parish bulletin which appears on line as well.  It will change every week.  It is also available in hard copy on the usual tables in 5the church. 

You may also stop by the church to pray.  It is open for private prayer from 6:00AM to 6:00PM Monday through Saturday and 12Noon to 6:00PM Sunday and will continue to be unless directed otherwise.  Although there is no Perpetual Adoration, you can still pray before the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel to the right of the main altar.  Please remember the restrictions relative to the number of people in one gathering space.  I ask that these be observed rigorously.  I can only encourage everyone to follow all the advice about social distancing, healthcare practices and the like as strictly as possible.  Coming from the medical professionals, they are for our own good. 

I have had a number of inquiries about the GoFundMe page.  It is not a hoax but please understand it is not an extra or new fund raiser.  It is a tool to offer continued support for the parish.  If you already use WE SHARE (the icon is on this homepage) don’t change.  It is meant for those who may have been using envelopes, or cash as a means of supporting the parish and want to continue to do so.  I know these extraordinary times may have difficult economic impacts on many.  That judgment is always yours and I will always respect it. 

Finally, if there is anything we can do for you, or if you know of any need out there, please let me know.  The best way is by email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

God bless.  Be well & Be Safe,
Fr. Ron

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