March 30, 2020
The Parish office is closed
until further notice. However, the phone system does have a voice mail system that will record your messages.
The messages will be checked at least once a week. Emails will also be checked at least once a week.
There is now a Parish Drop Box located outside the Parish Office (see attached picture).
It is a secure LOCKED box for any correspondence and envelopes.
bulletin and important announcements will continue to be emailed on a regular basis. Any additional correspondence
from Bishop Burbidge or Father Orlowsky will be sent out as needed. Always check the Parish Website and
The Diocese of Arlington’s website for information.
we are undertaking heroic efforts to quell the spread of the virus, we are still in the season of Lent. This
Lent will be one like none other. It is still a time when we can make that examination of ourselves and
repent of those things we need to repent of. Perhaps it will be a fuller spiritual season if we take the
time to look to what it is that we have been doing and, if something needs to be changed, improved, or removed from our lives,
when we are finally able to resume some sense of normality, we can take on those changes and improvements, and leave behind
those things we need to remove from our lives. Perhaps it is a little early to be looking to the future
when all of this is behind us but if we get so caught up in the desperation of this time without looking to the future, where
is our faith, our hope, our love?
A long time ago, the people
of faith were dragged into exile time and again. Throughout those very desperate times, the people were
told that they would see the splendor of God. They were promised the Messiah when it seemed there was no reason to have hope.
Isaiah prophesied in those times about the coming of the Lord: “Say to those whose hearts are frightened:
Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes
to save you. Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared. Then
will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the dumb will sing.” (Isaiah 35: 4-6)
Isaiah’s prophesy is fulfilled in Jesus. In these days,
when we are socially distancing ourselves from one another, let us not distance ourselves from the Lord who always walks with
us on the journey of life. Spend some time reading the scriptures. Keep praying.
Pray for yourself and all who are dear to you. Pray for the redemption of your souls, in hope of
health and well-being, and pray, paying your homage to God, the eternal God, living and true. (From the
First Eucharistic Prayer.)
Please be assured of my prayers for you and I beg you, offer a small prayer for
me from time to time.