Fr.-Robert's-blog

Dear People of God,

Peace and all Good to each of you!

The more time that passes, the more I am convinced that for the most part this adage is quite true. “Absence makes the heart grow fonder…” As an eternal optimist I am always looking for the nod to come tomorrow from Atlanta that we are allowed to move forward with our “opening up” processes. As you know we still wait. So while we are waiting I would like to show you the results of our survey sent out a good number of weeks ago and share with you are planning for the coming weeks and months.

There were 212 responses which is pretty incredible.

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So moving forward we are putting together the following:

Continuing to develop and implement the best liturgical practices that we can under the guidance of the diocese!

Create and implement the concept of a “pilgrimage to Emmanuel”. Can 10 people gather in the space of the church to pray and experience community together at a specific day and time – in a safe environment with restrictions. We believe we can and will move forward with this idea/program in a safe way.

Develop an on-line zoom prayer service for Wednesday evening focusing on Healing themes – continuing along the lines of our usual Wednesday evenings without Eucharist.

The numbers are pretty close as to Evening Prayer on Saturday eve or Morning Prayer on Sunday morn. Again these would be more interactive using saint zoom (just trying to see if your paying attention.)

Sunday Mornings will include Adult Ed sessions (on-line) as well as Youth and Parenting sessions. Please be aware of the specifics for these on our newsletters published pretty regularly.

Please know that I thank you all for your faithfulness and your continuing support in spirit, prayer and in sharing your resources and gifts. Clearly saying Thank You is just not sufficient. There’s a depth of gratitude that is difficult to express. You are continuing to sacrifice without being present and without receiving the most important thing that we have to offer: Community and Eucharist. Perhaps that’s what the adage above might mean for us. The more we are kept apart the more we long to see and be with one another. Maybe as well, your generous hearts remain open knowing that when we can be together again – we will in fact be here to continue our journeys of spiritual growth together. Either way, I am very grateful for your commitment to the church as well as your commitment to the poor and those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

My brothers and sisters, we are placed here at this time and in this place for a purpose. Not sure I can fill in all of the blanks as to why – but I believe we are. We, all of us, have the gifts we need to change the lives of others. Ours is the mission of love. We are here for the desperate, the broken, the wounded and the lost. Through us, again all of us, God restores the afflicted, brings life and love to those who are saddened in these days and casts out all fear. Your goodness and generosity helps to keep all of this going and growing. Each of you are lights that shine before those who stumble in the dark. Thank you for what you have done and will do.           

In these days that are still uncertain – one thing ever changes. God’s unconditional love for each one of you. May that gift carry you forward.

Peace,

Robert  +