DURING CONSTRUCTION INSIDE THE CHURCH ALL MASSES AT HISTORIC ST. MARY'S HAVE BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
A REOPENING COMMITTEE IS WORKING ON PLANS TO REOPEN THE CHURCH IN EARLY AUGUST (see COVID UPDATES for details)
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Dear Parishioners and Friends:
I recently read a statement by a priest from the Diocese of Amarillo. Let me share it with you:
"COVID19 has made the whole world stop spinning for a while, emptied the streets and cities and closed the churches around the globe. As Catholics, we are suddenly faced with our parish doors being locked and limited access to the sacraments. This can be very disheartening. Now more than ever, we must hold fast to the great virtue of Hope. In the words of St John Paul II, 'Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ'. We must open the doors of our hearts to Christ and trust in the Lord who will give us everything we need.
As the saying goes 'Rivers do not drink their own water; trees do not eat their own fruit; the sun does not shine on itself and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature. We are all born to help each other. No matter how difficult it is...... Life is good when you are happy; but much better when others are happy because of you.' Let us all remember then that every changing color of a leaf is beautiful and every changing situation in life is meaningful; both need a very clear vision.
So, looking at this crisis, let us not be upset, angry, grumble or complain; instead let us remember that Pain is a sign that we are alive, Problems are a sign that we are strong and prayer is a HOPE we are not alone. We are running in circles looking for some cure for this disease, but in fact, what is needed right now is humility to bend our knees in prayer. If we can acknowledge this truth and condition in our hearts and minds, our lives will be more meaningful, different and worthwhile".
HOPE - it is what makes us look forward to tomorrow. So let us look forward to when we can meet together again in Church. I pray that you will stay well and safe - and I look forward to seeing you soon.