Pastor's Corner 3-19-20

Feast of St. Joseph
March 19, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“God never says, ‘"Get over it!’" regarding our fears. He says, ‘"Give it to me!’”" This sage quip was sent to me this morning by a dear friend. Certainly St. Joseph had to surrender his fears to God when he took the expecting Virgin Mary into his home and when he got up in the middle of the night to flee to Egypt with her and the baby Jesus. For this faith and trust he is one of the few men in Scripture labeled “just” and “righteous”.

The word “quarantine” comes from the same Latin word used for what in English we call Lent. It comes from the Latin for 40 days. So, in a very real way our Lent this year is a sort of quarantine as we must practice what is oxymoronically termed social distancing and refraining from gathering to share the Word and to Break the Bread. Many have emailed me expressing how hard this is for them. I too am very sad when I think of the very real possibility of not having Holy Week which I have fully celebrated since about 1960! I am trying to give it meaning by developing a sense of solidarity with Catholics in various times of history, including today, who are deprived the right to worship freely.

Besides the spiritual challenge of no public Masses, we face a much more practical challenge of keeping financially afloat. I am hoping that, if possible, you will mail or bring in your regular donation. We don’'t have online, but you could also call the office and use a credit card through the Square. Bills keep coming in and I hope to be able to maintain at least reduced staffing hours.

The Palms could not be cancelled as they are already in route. I will bless them on Palm Sunday and have them available in the vestibule of Our Lady’s Chapel and in the main office, 9:00 to 5:00, Monday to Friday. The front door of Our Lady’s Chapel will be unlocked 9 to 5 daily.

May God, through the intercession of the Guardian of the Redeemer, St. Joseph, bless you and your families with health and good spirits.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Leo Dechant, CSJ