Laying Foundations

Coldfront

There’s a cold front coming through here out of the blue. I was feeling chilly, having chills, and fearing the worst when I noticed the weather was simply changing. I still don’t feel great. But – praise God for the glorious skies.

We had internet put into place both at St. Micheal and at St. Jane. (Gosh this place needs a ton of work.)

Some Parishes are prerecording their live streams – we’re not. We throw caution to the wind, hit “Record”, and pray!

Who’d have thought that instead of preparing for the Triduum and the many events in the last days of Lent which we’re certainly still doing – we’d be learning how to live-stream and communicate an abundance of information to you without seeing most of you at any point at all. Go figure!

This cold front though. So nice. So odd. So April.

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A Video.

Today’s message, a message on Faith.

Because this is a personal blog, I have to say, video production is a bit tedious. It’s simple, and it should be even more simple than it is, but for now, this will have to do. By the time I get the technicalities straight, as poor as they are, I’ve forgotten what I want to say.

But everything is staying in place, and it’s a matter of redoing it and getting a few things right here and there. Day after day, after day. Because now we have at least until April 30 – not that it’s a surprise.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Strive for holiness.

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Updates

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More Covid-19. Stay safe.

A brief schedule for the weekend.

  • Saturday 8AM, Fr Charles will live stream Mass.
  • Sunday morning –
  • 8AM EF Mass in St. Jane
  • 10AM OF Mass in St. Jane
  • 12 Noon – St. Jane Church will open for the day
  • it will be disinfected prior to Masses, and prior to opening
  • Confessions 3-5 Tuesday
  • Confessions 3-5 Friday
  • Churches are being seen as vectors for the virus as it remains on hard surfaces and the idea is being floated about at large for sections to be cordoned off and sanitized hourly.
  • Please simply clean up as you go, and clean up before and after yourself. It’s not fair, but nothing in life is.
Palm Sunday

If you drop off Palms, please clean the bottom with a sturdy pair of scissors so that the palms can be handled simply. The Palms will be blessed and left in the church for everyone to pick up.

Masses during Holy Week and Easter will be live-streamed. Both Fr Charles and I don’t agree with the entire concept of live-streaming private Masses, but we do understand the need to do so. Remember though, a Homily isn’t given at a private Mass. We can give reflections outside of the Mass.

No Word yet on when this will let up.

Yes, almost everyone is wishing they could come in for a private Mass. And almost everyone is wanting us to do more in every way shape or form. We’ve decided to focus more on prayer, YouTube over Facebook, and not worrying about harsh critics. It’s possible to never stop, to simply die of fatigue and exhaustion. Who does that help?

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A Wild Goose Chase

Could this possibly be any more horrible? It can only get better.

The Vlogging Chronicles

Why is this happening? It’s bad enough that things are terrible, but now we’re expected to be whizzes at live streaming, videoing, networking, teleconferencing, human resources, sanitation, public health, etc, out of the blue and on top of everything else we have to do, which isn’t unsubstantial.

Spiritually, it’s an amazing and incredible time. Everyone is trying to respond graciously.

Very educational. And I have to put together the bulletin tomorrow because they’re not printing them anymore. So I’d best call it a wrap.

I’m going to take a hot shower and steam open my sinuses. I want my voice back.

Address for the 4th Sunday in Lent

It’s difficult as a Pastor to know what to do all the time. But when push comes to shove, you have to do something. Just stay prayed up and do it.

What direction is this going to go? How long? Every Parish has different considerations – people can’t even begin to know the fullness of things going on behind the scenes.