Here For You

Dear Friends,

As we have all heard, we are moving into the “green phase” of the commonwealth’s easing back into activity. As I write this, I am not sure what impact that will have for our experience of Mass and other parish activities. We have a webinar meeting with the Archdiocese on June 24 to review the implications.

It has been so heartening to see so many of our parish family members at Mass these past two weekends and at our daily Masses as well. It is also heartening to know so many more are watching our live stream Mass at 10 am. Thank you for your patience and kind cooperation as we try to navigate through this situation. We, your priests, are always here for you. A special shout out to our Saint Eleanor Ambassadors who are a hearty set of volunteers helping everyone coming to Church as well as sanitizing the Church after Mass.

While we move into this green phase, I am grateful that many more small businesses will be able to resume activity even with the needed social distancing restrictions. I also hope this means that many more folks will be able to return to work. We need to be cautious and remain safe of course, for this is certainly not over yet. It seems that wearing of masks in public settings will be with us for some time. I am praying that a vaccine and medicines will be discovered quickly to keep all of us safe in the future.

At the end of this week, all things will be red, white and blue as we celebrate the 4th of July, Independence Day. The unalienable rights from God enshrined in the Declaration of Independence ~ life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are still an ongoing work for us as they were for the Founding Fathers. May we rise to the challenges of this time and this moment of history embracing the Cross of our Savior whose grace we need to ensure the God-given dignity of every human being and the protection and respect of every human life in every place. Our wishes to you all for a happy and enjoyable Fourth.

Jesus speaks directly about His Cross and ours in today’s Gospel. He says “…whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me.” He of course is reminding us of the cost of discipleship and the totality of being “all in” with Jesus if we are truly to be His disciples. Thanks be to God that Jesus does not lay a burden down and then leave it to us to struggle through. No, Jesus gives us His grace through the Sacraments of His Church to strengthen us, to heal us, to help us on this journey. May we turn to Him time and again in the Sacraments, especially Holy Eucharist and Confession, so that our experience of communion in the Divine Life will overflow into our every thought, word and deed.

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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