Third Sunday of Lent & National Day of Prayer
President Trump has declared today a National Day of Prayer, and I join him in that prayer. As much as it grieves me to do so, I feel duty bound, however, to ask all of you to pray not at Mass here or elsewhere, but at home. Based on my prayer and continued monitoring of the situation, I have made a very difficult decision, the most difficult decision of my life. Please pray before, and as, and after you read this. God help us all!
Public Masses Canceled for Two Weeks at Resurrection
Given that Bishop Boyea has dispensed us all from our Sunday obligation, I had hoped to be able to celebrate Masses as usual and offer confession times, as usual. The more I have read and prayed, however, I realize that right now, before the virus has really spread, is the best time to have everyone "hunker down," to "home cloister," and to keep themselves and those most vulnerable safe from the virus. (HERE is the press release the Diocese of Lansing made earlier this week about dispensation from the Sunday Obligation.)
Be Not Afraid!
The Lord always tells us not to be afraid, so panic is never in order. But prudent choices, based on real risks, are what he calls us to make. As pastor of the Church of the Resurrection, and out of love for you and for those most vulnerable, I am striving to do all I can to eliminate the "temptation" of coming to Mass here.
I implore you to take this seriously, and not to go to another parish for Sunday Mass. You are free, of course, to do so, but based on my study and prayer, I think it best for you and for the common good to stay home, and this exhortation applies to everyone, whether young or old. NOTE: Other parishes have not been, to my knowledge, taking the same precautions that we have, so you are more at risk. Please stay home.
OPTION: Watch Mass Online
ONLINE. (You don't need to watch it as it live-streams, but can watch it anytime that fits your schedule.) You could also take time to read and pray with the online Magnificat, which is free during the Coronavirus crisis. Pray the Daily Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. These are prayers that we can and must join as we beseech the Lord's healing graces.
Prayer Before the Lord
We will have the church open for those who wish to pray before the Lord between 12:00 and 4:30 p.m. I ask everyone who comes to pray to use hand sanitizer when you come in and as you leave.
For the duration of the crisis, office hours at the parish will be 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Daily Mass Schedule As Usual (but only online)
Confessions and Adoration
"Social Distancing: This Is Not Spring Break"
As many of you know, college students are using the "free time" to head to bars and socialize MORE, rather than LESS. Wisdom calls for us to pursue the opposite path, and I have realized that my exhortations in my earlier email were strong, but, given the great devotion of parishioners here, I know that the lure of the Eucharist might cause some to place themselves and others who are vulnerable at peril. Jesus is inviting us to cloister. Myself included. I am avoiding all in-person contact that is not absolutely necessary, meeting virtually with all my appointments. These are prudent choices, so that I can continue to minister, and allow the medical professionals to deal with those who are in dire need. This article is very helpful in understanding the need for SOCIAL DISTANCING.
Help for those "Cloistering at Home."
If you are in need of assistance during this time of "cloistering," or are willing to help out (if you're under 60 and available and willing to do) please go HERE to sign-up. I am grateful that men and women have already been in contact with those who are over 70 in the parish to extend offers of help. We also want to be able to serve others who may have needs, of which we are unaware. We are also hoping to be able to find ways to safely distribute communion to those who are opting to stay home. Thanks to all who are going to help with this important ministry!
This exhortation is not from any fear or lack of faith, but out of an abundance of caution. This virus is like nothing we have seen in a hundred years, and we need to take it seriously. For reasons we cannot understand, the Lord has allowed this virus to spread. We are called to pray, and to act wisely, so that our community will continue to be able to minister faithfully in Christ's name in times when people are genuinely in fear.
With prayers for the Lord's protection and for ongoing wisdom,
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