Letter from Father Matthew

My Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I would like to take this opportunity to once again express my gratitude for each and every one of you and for your prayers for my recovery.

This past Sunday, August 1st, was my first Sunday Mass with a full congregation since the COVID-19 restrictions. In seeing your faces and how many have returned, I’m reminded of why Holy Mass is God’s greatest gift to us. As St. John Vianney said, “There is nothing so great as the Eucharist. If God had something more precious, He would have given it to us.” The hour we have together and the opportunity to receive the Eucharist is truly precious.

The time I was sick with COVID-19 gave me insight into how I scheduled my life as your pastor and the running of our parish. Before the pandemic, in addition to other daily priestly duties, I had days in which I celebrated four Masses, which upon reflection, is not healthy and is not reflective of ordinary Church practice.

I want to make the Mass more available, and to be more intentional with each of you. Decided together with the staff team, we hope and pray that this new Mass schedule reflects this.

Ultimately, this is a new invitation for each of you. If you have never participated in daily Mass; join us! Here is a new opportunity to encounter Him who is the Bread of Life, present to us every day, not only on Sunday.

Please keep me in your prayers, as I keep you in mine.

Yours in Christ,

Father Matthew

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