Word from our Pastor

News March 17, 2020

To the Morning Star Collaborative

My dear friends in Christ,

I want to thank you for your encouraging messages in many ways these difficult days- we’re all trying to figure out what’s next, but we’ll keep moving, and I believe the Holy Spirit will guide us to where we need to go.

It hurts so deeply not to celebrate Mass with you, and I’m trying to accept that as a Lenten sacrifice, as I long to pray with you. I am offering private Masses with the current intentions in our books, and I will offer the TV Mass on Tuesday, March 24!

Please note that Our Lady of Grace and St. Mary’s Churches are open on Sunday morning from 9 am to noon, and St. Mary’s is open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm for you to pray.

Please note that the Light will burn brightly during this time, as the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available on Thursday evenings in St. Mary’s from 6 to 7 pm.

I’m hopeful we’ll have this all figured out by Holy Week. I’m very excited about celebrating all three days together this year, but I am also aware also that this period of precaution may go past that date. If it does, we will adapt.

Linda DeCristoforo has suggested that we each offer a rosary a day as we wait in hope of the day we will celebrate together, and I can’t think of a better way to ask our Blessed Mother to watch over and keep us together.

Let us pray for so many, for the victims of this virus, for our courageous healthcare workers, for those whose livelihoods have been affected by these events, and for the most vulnerable in our society. 

May we reflect Christ in our compassion, our strength, our prayer, and our love. 

Mary, Queen of peace, pray for us!

Yours in Christ,

Fr. John Sheridan