The past fifteen months have been a truly unprecedented time for us all. We have faced many challenges and fears as individuals and as a community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some have lost loved ones to this terrible illness, and all of us have suffered in many ways. I thank all of you for your perseverance in faith, your cooperation with unusual restrictions and regulations, and your continuing generosity to your parish.
I want to acknowledge our Church and Trinity Center staff, our school principal Mrs. Riley, as well as our school staff and teachers who have faithfully served throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Mrs. Rossi, Mrs. Alexander, and the PREP staff have also shown great dedication in their work of providing a home-based program for our students who attend public schools.
My special thanks go out to Andrew Perrong who generously donated his time and considerable talent every week since March 2020 by videotaping an extra Mass for the homebound. Although the sick and homebound are always excused from the obligation to attend Mass due to their circumstances, I am happy to announce that we will continue to provide Mass for the sick and homebound via a livestream of the 4:30 PM Vigil Mass each week. A recording of that Mass will also be available for later viewing on our parish website. These videos are intended as a service to enable the homebound, the handicapped, the sick, and other “at risk” parishioners to participate as much as possible with the rest of our parish family. I strongly encourage all who are healthy and physically able to return to in-person church attendance as soon as possible. Happily, many of you already have done so.
At His Ascension, Jesus promised to remain with us until the end of time, and we continue to trust in His Providence every day. May those who have died as a result of the pandemic rest in peace. May those who mourn them find comfort and consolation. May all of us continue to trust in our Lord at all times. God bless you all.
Reverend Robert G. Suskey