A Message from the Pastor

Dear Parishioners,

“It was the best of times.  It was the worst of times.”  The 19th century English writer, Charles Dickens, wrote these words at the beginning of his novel, A Tale of Two Cities.

Prior to the outbreak of the Corona Virus, many thought we were probably living in the “best of times.”  Everything seemed to be fine.  Then came the virus.  As the virus spread, our world was turned upside down.  Suddenly, it felt like the “worst of times.”

The negative impact of the virus is unprecedented in our modern history.  This pandemic event has wreaked havoc on our lives.  The Corona Virus has caused panic, hysteria, anxiety, hoarding, quarantines, and shortages and closings of all kinds.  It has posed a threat to our health, our economy and our everyday existence.  It has changed the way we live and move and have our being.  After the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our nation, whoever thought we would live in such fear again.  We are now living in unchartered waters.

During this perilous period, perhaps the author Dickens would describe it as the “most challenging of times.” None of us knows what the future will bring.  But we do know from scripture what Jesus promised when he said, “I will never abandon you, I will be with you always until the end of time.”

When the apostles suddenly experienced a storm on the sea while in their boat, they became terrified.  They thought they were going to drown.  But Jesus came to their rescue.  At his command, he calmed the wind and the water.  Then he told them, “Fear is useless.  What is needed is trust.”

As we weather the storm regarding the Corona Virus, what is needed is trust, our trust in God, whose Son assured us he would never abandon us; that he would always remain with us in good times and in bad.  With the help of science, medical experts and governmental leadership, we will get through these challenging times.  But ultimately it is our faith in God, who is the rock of our salvation, which will bring us safely to the brightness of a new dawn.

In the following days, weeks and months, be assured of my continued prayers and assistance.  Remember in unity there is strength.  Let us stand and privately pray together during these dark and uncertain times.  But let us never forget that the forty days of Lent will always lead us to the joy of Easter.  A rainbow in the sky will appear.  Let us pray it will come sooner than later.

Fr. Don