My Dear Holy Family Catholic Community Parishioners:
I write to you today to let you know of my concern and prayers during this worldwide pandemic that has, in many ways, touched us all.
Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers each and every day. Father Raul and I, our Deacons and Staff at Holy Family are here for you in many ways. At this point numerous staff members are still handling calls and several aspects that allow us to remain in contact with you and to let you know you are in our hearts. Every day the staff here, are specially praying the Rosary together for your needs and the end to this situation.
I am sure that many of you are experiencing great anxiety and worry over health and finances, not only for yourselves, but for your loved ones that may even be out of state or even out of the country. During these trying times, do not lose Faith! It is important that we all walk this path together with Our Lord. Remember, we are all in this together as Christians! Our faith leads us to have Hope and keep Christ in our hearts. To maintain that trust in the Lord it is good to pray daily and ask the Lord to watch over you and your loved ones.
Although, in order to stop the contamination, we cannot celebrate the Mass side by side, the priests of this parish are celebrating daily Masses for your intentions and to end this pandemic. And, we can all pray together in Spiritual Communion as a Parish. We have been working diligently in making the Mass and other prayer services available on the internet for you to be with us in virtual prayer. I have recently been informed that the internet has been so jammed with people, that some have had difficulties in seeing the Mass and other prayer programs we have put out there. We are working to overcome this problem and as well working with Channel 45 to put our Daily Mass on TV, along with the Sunday Mass and we will let you know if that comes about. We are still Live streaming Mass on our church website at 8:30am daily Monday through Saturday, along with our 8:45 and 10:30 Sunday Masses.
Let us not forget to pray for your fellow parishioners and neighbors that are confined, remember to check on the elderly, keep in touch especially if you or they live alone. Pray for the medical teams in our hospitals that they may have the strength and perseverance to help others in need. Pray for the vulnerable in our nursing homes that their caregivers have compassion. Pray for our city, state and federal officials, as they make daily decisions for the safety of their citizens. When we think of others, that Love we share returns to us all and we walk this path with Christ who gave himself for us, our salvation and as an example of God with us.
May God Bless you and Keep you safe and in His Blessings.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. John C. Giel, V.G. Pastor