Dear Brothers and Sisters,
During this season of Lent we are asked to fast, pray, and give alms. Normally we are asked to give up things. We give up simple things like chocolate, social media, caffeinated drinks and other earthly things. This year, due to circumstances beyond our control, our fasting takes on a new dimension. We are asked to fast from what we love most: The Blessed Sacrament. Fasting from the Blessed Sacrament does not require us to fast from his presence. The church will be open beginning Sunday, March 15th from 9:00 am -7:00 pm and the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for Eucharistic Adoration in the main church.
Holy Mother Church is calling us to pray and to be present with the Lord. Let us pray for all those affected by the virus: Healthcare workers as they risk their lives to care for those infected, those who are socially and financially impacted by this pandemic, and of course those who are currently struggling with this disease. We should also pray for our own faith that the Lord will guide us and protect us, that he will give us a trusting heart; let us pray especially for those leaders who are making decisions that impact the very fabric of our lives.
Almsgiving in this time has taken on a new dimension. Today we sacrifice something we love, something we should love most in this world, so that others may be protected. At the beginning of this Lent I asked you to be open to conversion and change. Our goal was to be a far better people than the ones we were on Ash Wednesday, to be more merciful, compassionate, and devoted to our Lord. May we each appreciate the gift God has given to us in the Eucharist. We must continue in this time to look forward to the glory of the Resurrection. All of us should fervently pray that we will be able to gather together again on that glorious Easter morning praising the Lord with one voice.
At this time, all events, meetings, and studies have been cancelled until further notice. Our St. Joseph Altar has been postponed until May 3rd in celebration of the feast of St. Joseph the Worker.
In accord with the directive of the bishop, which is attached to this letter, and having received clarification from him, all public Masses are cancelled at St. Joseph Church until further notice. While parishioners will be unable to attend Mass, our Masses will be livecast on facebook and posted to the parish website. Though our community may be dispersed we invite you to participate in this prayer and make an Act of Spiritual Communion. During this time, continue to keep Holy the Lord’s day by spending time in prayer, meditating on the readings, and avoiding servile work.
Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God. I place in you all my interests and desires.
Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.
Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary of contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while he reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me and ask him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath.
St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, Pray for Us.
In Christ through Mary Immaculate,
JESUS IN THE BLESSED SACRAMENT:
Beginning this Sunday (March 15)
Exposition in the church daily from 9am-7pm
Adoration chapel open from 7pm-9am