Dear Fellow Parishioners,
This Easter has been unlike any other. Fr. David and I have made every effort to make Masses available to you, in English and Spanish. However, I know it is not the same as being physically present and, most importantly, receiving Holy Communion. The other side of the coin is that, for priests, celebrating Mass without a congregation is likewise a challenge. I miss seeing so many of you, and miss the presence of our parish community at no time more keenly than during Holy Week and Easter.
Even in these challenging circumstances, I have been gratified by your response to our efforts to make Holy Week and Easter as present as possible to our parish. For Palm Sunday, our staff united to decorate the altar, and made the front entry of the rectory a place of pilgrimage. Many of you came to get blessed palms, devotional guides and bulletins. (We ran out of palms.) During Holy Week, many people delivered Easter lilies, often in memory of loved ones. Our staff removed the symbols of Lent and decorated the altar again for second time in a week for the Resurrection of Our Lord.
In addition to our great staff, I want to thank so many parishioners who have continued to make their contributions during this time, including Easter itself. Some of you have mailed in or dropped off your envelopes. Others have switched to giving electronically, which can be accessed on our parish website. Your faithful generosity has made it possible for parish operations to continue as fully as possible until this strange and difficult time is behind us.
This coming weekend we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. We would do well to pray not only for our loved ones, but also for those who provide essential services. We also remember hospital patients and care home residents isolated from family and friends, and those who have great anxiety about their health or their material security. Nearly all of us share these concerns in our own lives as well.
At the beginning of this Easter season, I wish every blessing of spiritual strength, health and happiness for you and your loved ones, near and far away.
Fr. Bill Donahue