Coronavirus ... "Do whatever he tells you!"
May 3rd, is the World Day
of Prayer for Vocations
April has been so difficult and unique this year because of the corona virus. Holy week was celebrated in our homes rather than our parish churches because of social distancing and the need to protect our own health as well as the health and well being of those around us.
Now we are beginning the month of May . It also will be very challenging as we continue to confront this pandemic on the local, national and even international level. We are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible. That means parents take on the job of home schooling their children. Adults continue to work at home instead of the office downtown. Families are asked to bring new meaning to the phrase "Domestic Church." In other words they are taught to watch the Mass at least on Sunday on the Catholic T.V. stations which are available in most homes. Eating meals together can be such a bond where family members can share their experiences of the day which often can be troubling and difficult as well as joyful and encouraging. The most important point is to respect each member of the family, from the youngest person at the table to the oldest member.
We have a great model to learn from when we think of the Holy Family., Joseph, Mary and Jesus, and how much they must have both taught and learned from one another.
On the very first day of May we celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. He is such a great example of all workers as a humble carpenter, but also as protector of Mary and Jesus. That is why he has been named the Patron of the Universal Church.
May is often called the month of Mary perhaps because the spring season is a sign of the new life Mary continuously brings to the Church. I think of that with the many children who often made their First Communion during this month. Often the crowning of a Statue of Mary would be an important part of the celebration.
It is always important to see the centrality of Jesus in every month of the year. On May 24th we celebrate the Ascension which marks the beginning of the end of the Easter Season. That does not really take place till Trinity Sunday in June.
It is important to note that this Sunday, May 3rd, is also the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The model of Jesus as our loving Shepherd is such a wonderful sign for young men thinking about being a priest. However looking at the Holy Family, we see that a strong Catholic family is the seed bed not only for a future priest but for all kinds of vocations that come from following the Lord as His faithful disciples. May this Easter Season be a continual source of hope, love and encouragement for our local and global Church in these very challenging and yet transforming times.
Father John Sullivan M.S.
Covid-19: A Prayer of Solidarity
For all who have contracted coronavirus,
We pray for care and healing.
For those who are particularly vulnerable,
We pray for safety and protection.
For all who experience fear or anxiety,
We pray for peace of mind and spirit.
For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety,
We pray for policies that recognize their plight.
For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.
For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.
For our brothers and sisters around the world,
We pray for shared solidarity.
For public officials and decisionmakers,
We pray for wisdom and guidance.
Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
La Salette Coronavirus Update
It is with sadness that we report the loss of three of our community members to the Coronavirus; Fr. James Winiarski (April 16, 2020), Fr. William Mulcair (April 12, 2020), and Fr. Richard Boucher (May 1, 2020). All three were part of the Community in Hartford, CT. Please pray for them and their families.