Letter from Fr. MAL
Dear Parishioners of Saint James,
As I compose my correspondence to you, I am observing several members of our family of faith enter the Church to pray. I am always inspired by your faithfulness and prayerfulness. In this time of the pandemic and unprecedented situations, please know that Father Scott and Father Kirby – along with me – are praying for you and all those you love. Since Archbishop Kurtz suspended any public Masses until further notice, the three of us are offering a private Mass every day with your intentions. Please pray that the suspension will not last long. In this moment, it is important for us to anchor our hearts in the hope that we have in Jesus Christ. I mentioned at Mass this past Sunday that despite the challenges we face in our Country, Church and Community this can be a time to intensify our prayers and sacrifices during the Lenten season. The current public health situation is part of the cross we carry this Lent. Under its weight, let us not stumble, nor falter. Embracing the penitential aspects of this particular Lenten season will purify us all, allowing the love of Christ that conquers all things to be ever victorious. And perhaps the Lord is giving us time to spend time in prayer and with our families to renew the bond of love in a unique way. Let us pray for doctors, nurses, and caregivers, for public health officials and all civic leaders. And lastly, shall we seek grace through charity. Grace will bring us the ability to set aside selfish instincts that can occur in any serious crisis so as to live by prudence and trust. We are never alone. God has promised to be near us especially in times of suffering and sacrifice.