As we come close to the end of our quarantine (hopefully), I pray you have taken advantage of the extra time to pray (especially the Rosary) and deepen your relationship with Our God, Creator, and Savior. As we have been, and are still going through, an unprecedented time in the history of our church, we know that God never abandons us. Tt’s the other way around for humans as proven in Sacred Scripture. Yet, no matter the circumstances, He is with us.
Although we have yet to get a donate button up on our web site, for those who are willing and able to enter your tithe and information through our site, we hope to have it up and running soon. I encourage you to mail your gift to God for the church by mail or leave it in the baskets in the church if you cannot attend to worship God.
The Holy sacrifice of the Mass/worship is scheduled to begin May 5th. (Monday 4th father's day off) There will be updates that the diocese will be giving prior to that. I anticipate the front several rows to be vacant ( not a problem with Catholics), people wearing masks, and observing social distancing, but that is my opinion at this point. We await official directives next week. As we continue to be courageous in faith and considerate of our neighbor, God knows our suffering and pain personally as we too realize His pain and suffering for His children. Yes, the saying has always been true for Christians, “we are all in this together.”
We call upon your name, Father, and pronounce it blessed above the earth. Give your people the fullness of peace and justice in your kingdom.
At his Easter Vigil, Pope Francis urged the faithful to not let the darkness and sorrow of the COVID-19 pandemic rob them of hoping for a better future. The Pope repeated the Easter proclamation: "Christ, my hope, is risen!". He called this message "a different 'contagion'", one that is transmitted "from heart to heart."
This Good News is like a new flame that springs up "in the night of a world already faced with epochal challenges, and now oppressed by a pandemic severely testing our whole human family", said the Pope.
Christ's resurrection is not a "magic formula that makes problems vanish," he continued, "it is the victory of love over the root of evil". This victory "does not 'by-pass' suffering and death, but passes through them, opening a path in the abyss, transforming evil into good", he added. "For many, this is an Easter of solitude, lived amid the sorrow and hardship that the pandemic is causing, from physical suffering to economic difficulties."
"This disease has not only deprived us of human closeness, but also of the possibility of receiving in person the consolation that flows from the sacraments, particularly the Eucharist and Reconciliation", said Pope Francis.
"But the Lord has not left us alone.” “United in our prayer, we are convinced that He has laid His hand upon us."
Since things change so rapidly and indiscriminately, to keep up please follow the link to the diocese; https://www.dioceseofspokane.org/ .
This is a time to explore what we take for granted - our families, friends, even our enemies, and pray for them. It's a time we can read more about and meditate more on the holy sacrifice of the Mass and what the words mean in our Holy Mass.
Please refer to these resources to help you during this time in your walk with God and to keep updated with the latest information from our church and diocese: http://usccb.org/ for bible readings of the day and other spiritually helpful information. How far a cough travels: https://video.foxnews.com/v/6148387823001#sp=show-clips
Pray for each other and an end to this pandemic, stay home stay safe,