As always I hope that all of you are keeping safe and well. Please know that you are in my prayers every day. And please keep me in your prayers.
We began reopening last week, and I want to give a few reflections. The first day that we had public masses was on Wednesday, May 20. There were about 80 people at Mass that day. That number dropped over the next few days. On Sunday, we had about 65 people at the 9:30 am Mass and about 50 at the 11:30 am Mass. I was somewhat surprised, as the 11:30 is usually our more crowded liturgy. The vast majority were wearing masks, and I am very appreciative of that, and I hope that those who were not, will begin to do so. The masks really benefit others, more than yourself. Wearing them is a fulfillment of Jesus’ commandment, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
We also had two weddings here this weekend. One had about 80 people, and the other about 30. These seem to have gone very well, also.
I want to express great thanks to Vic Canfield and Steve Oberjohn for their hard work in preparing the church for our return, and for coordinating the sterilization of the pews and restrooms before and after each liturgy. Thank you also to those who volunteered to help after each Mass. That is a real help.
You may have noticed that we are keeping singing to a minimum. Singing increases the spread of droplets, which can contain contaminants. I look forward to the day when we can return to the full singing of songs and Mass parts.
Slowly but surely, we are moving through this crisis and are beginning to see, not only our Church, but also our society, open up. We are not past this by a long run, but we will get beyond this pandemic, as we have gotten through other times of difficulty.
Last Monday we celebrated Memorial Day, and I was thinking about the pain and sorrow of World War I and II, and all of the other conflicts that our nation has gone through. We have, as a nation, seen many crises and struggles. We will see many more. As Saint Paul reminds us, “I can do all things through Him who loves me.”
—Fr. Mike Comer