Letter from Father Sullivan
March 28, 2020
“Give me justice, O God, and plead my cause against a nation that is faithless. From the deceitful and cunning rescue me, for you, O God, are my strength.” Psalm 43;1-2
There has been a flurry of activity these past few days here at Saint Thomas Aquinas, even as we have experienced the first week of the Parish Office’s temporary closure and parish staff are working from home.
We have been surveying the internet for resources to share with you as we all experience this time away from one another and as families spend more time than usual together. Several initiatives have begun consisting of the online CCD course and making holy water available to those who stop by the front porch of the Parish Center. We will inform you of more we are planning. Don’t forget to check our parish website and Facebook page for all updates and opportunities.
I’ve spoken to many folks by phone and have been touched by the emails and cards from parishioners and friends pledging their prayers and support for me and for all our community as we journey through this unusual experience.
The project that has taken up the most of our thoughts this week has been the consideration of live streaming Sunday Mass from Saint Thomas Aquinas. I want to thank Mike Morris and Doug Baker, Alainna Durfee and Keri Daily for their help in making this happen. I must confess, I am rather hesitant about the prospect of going “live,” but the opportunity to be connected to our parishioners in this digital manner has caused me to set aside my qualms to try it and see the response and the result. You may join us tomorrow morning, Sunday March 29, at 10:00 am, by accessing our Facebook page through our website by clicking on the Facebook icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Dr. Hoffman will be here to serve. Since we cannot use the church, and I didn’t like the idea of using the gym for such a small and “private” gathering, the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel in the Parish Center–the old Sister’s chapel–where we have been celebrating Daily Mass since the closure of the church, will serve as the most appropriate place for us to offer the Holy Sacrifice using this method.
I participated in the Diocese Day of Prayer and Penance on Friday by spending the day mostly alone in quiet prayer. The quiet was interrupted by the Pope’s Urbi et Orbi ceremony and Blessing from Saint Peter’s Square broadcast on EWTN. I was particularly moved by the emptiness of the Square, the Pope’s own fragility and the austere setting of an empty piazza and basilica. That Italy and Rome has been struck so hard by this virus was so powerfully demonstrated.
I hope you will join me for Mass in the morning as I offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the glory of God, the redemption of the world, the forgiveness of our sins and for your intentions and the end of this terrible pandemic. Together we will look toward the Lord who comes to save us in this hour and share with us the fulness of his life and love.
All the angels and saints will be there. I hope you will be there, too!
From my heart to yours, in the hearts of Jesus and Mary—
Peace and blessing,