Message from Father Jud, April 14, 2020
Updated: Apr 21, 2020
Hello, Parish Community.
Happy Easter! While in some ways the great feasts of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday were familiar, it was so different not having a church full of people. God is teaching us some important lessons during this time. Though we have learned it the hard way, we are discovering in new ways that God’s presence cannot be confined. We look forward to the day when we can all celebrate together again, but may we not forget all the new places and new ways where we have encountered the divine.
During these days many people are praying more. Many people are putting their lives on the line. Many are doing great works of charity. As Pope Francis is also challenging us though, we must use this time to judge the way we had become accustomed to living. We should be preparing to work for justice, so that a return to “normal” does not mean we will accept that so many people have no access to proper health care; that so many people live one paycheck away from poverty; and that we spend so much preparing for war, but spend so little preparing for a pandemic.
If you have time to Google anything, Google what Pope Francis said on Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. He is challenging us to envision a better world.
Please pay attention not just to this website but to our Facebook page @sscolumbabrigidchurch for updates and links to inspiring stories and challenging commentaries. If your relative or neighbor is not online, please seek a way to share with them what you see on our social media.
Once again, please call the office and leave a message to let us know how you’re doing, if you need special prayers, and if there’s anything else we might be able to do for you. We’ve been able to maintain our food pantry with the help of many generous donors. Thanks to all of you sending in your weekly donations, or making them online via this website. We do understand if you’re not in a position to do so at this time.
Finally, please pray for our parishioner Joanne Massaro, who is recovering from COVID-19. Though her condition changes day to day, on the day this was written she was showing progress for the second consecutive day.
I’m praying for you all, and I miss you! – Fr. Jud