Historic St. Mary's Church on Capital Hill

ALL MASSES AT HISTORIC ST. MARY'S HAVE BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, OUR CHURCH WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER

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Dear Parishioners and Friends:

I want to thank you for your prayers, cards and good wishes while I am on medical leave. Everyday is better and I look forward to seeing you again.  I miss you all and wish that I could be with you during this unprecedented time of pain and uncertainty.  I recently read a statement by Cardinal Timothy Dolan that I found inspiring and uplifting.  I want to share it with you:

"We all like to be "in the know".  We want things to be predictable so we can make our plans.  We are very uncomfortable when we're "in the dark" and can't predict what will happen next.

We very much like to be in control, not to be caught off guard.  Well - so much for all of that! These days find us all with far more questions than answers, much more "in the dark" about things than illuminated, coping with the unpredictable rather than our usual routine.

It dawns on us that, in many way, we are all vulnerable, and not in as much control as we thought.  So, we discover another longing in the human heart, the yearning to trust.

God told the people of Israel, "Be still, and trust that I am God." Jesus taught, "Fear is useless. What is needed is trust". So, we trust in the care and vigilance of our courageous and indefatigable physicians and health care workers.

We even listen carefully to our civic leaders, and to our media professionals who keep us posted and in touch.

Most of all, we trust in our common sense and the innate wisdom deep within ... and in the God who gave those gifts to us, and who daily invites us to trust in Him.

As "one nation under God", in "God we trust", He is omnipotent, in control.  We are not.

Please keep me in your prayers, and know that you are remembered daily in mine.

Father Flannery