From the desk of Fr Stephen Jan 24, 2021

From the desk of Fr Stephen

This past year has been different from anything any of us has ever experienced before.  We have all had to adjust our lives to deal with the virus that has run rampant.  Thanks be to God that most of us have not been directly affected.  Though, some of us have been more affected by getting sick ourselves or knowing someone else who has gotten sick.  It appears; however, the pandemic is leveling off some.  Many are receiving the vaccine.  Hopefully, all of us will receive it sooner rather than later.

About a year ago, as we saw the need to close the church, we were able to plan ahead.  At the time, I was not sure how effective ZOOM would be; but having access to ZOOM has proven to be of significant value.  Although some have spoken of ZOOM fatigue, I have looked forward to seeing the different groups I have met with as the Pastor.  There are times when I have multiple ZOOM meetings in a day, but I have found these meetings to be an important way of connecting with people.  It is not perfect, but I am very grateful to Joyce for setting this up for us.

I have mentioned in my announcements how well the Bible Study has gone.  We have been able to look at many of Paul’s letters.  Those that have chosen to attend have gotten to know one another on a different level.  It has not always been perfect, but for the most part, we have allowed one another the opportunity to share some part of their faith.  This, I believe, would not have happened without COVID and access to ZOOM meetings.

Recently, the Liturgy team, Fr. Rodney and I have discussed the possibility of doing this in another forum, and we need your help. This Wednesday at 7 pm, we will be meeting via ZOOM to discuss this venture. We want to know just what you might be looking forward to discussing. It could be a relevant Catholic topic, something happening in the world or community, or something more personal.  I am not sure how many people are interested in something like this, but I think it is important given our world’s reality.  First, we cannot meet in person because of COVID.  Second, even if we could meet in person, many would opt out because of the distance to drive to church, transportation availability, or not wanting to drive at night. 

I think it is important to talk about some of these things and see one another.  I realize some do not have access to a computer, but if you do, hopefully, you want to join us. This is a real opportunity to do something no one would have dreamed of in 2019--meeting on a computer. It’s like the Jetson’s cartoon from long ago.  I hope you can join us on Wednesday.

ZOOM Meeting ID     77788472348

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