This week our team heard the words "Digital Advent and Online Christmas" for the first time. We were being advised by a coach from the Divine Renovation network, who, referring to this article, wanted to make clear that even while we may have left the initial, emergent phase of responding to this crisis, there is no timeline in sight for going back to the way things have been. The message is this: we are not dealing with a storm, or even a winter... but an "ice age" of change.
We can't ignore that this pandemic changes so much of how we used to "do church." But the news is not all bad, and of course we know that no ice age, and no virus, can stop the Spirit from moving in our parish, our community. And we know that there has never been a better time to reach out to people who feel disconnected from Jesus and His Church, who long to be healed.
We have to resist the urge to hibernate... we look for new ways to share our age-old message of the Good News that Jesus lived and died for us: for you and for me, personally. As we hear Fr. Murray say over and over, Jesus died for each of us as if we were the only person in the world. And each of us, in turn, is needed to be part of the work of sharing that truth to every one of God's children, especially those who have never heard that Good News before, or who have been wounded so much that they can't believe it.
If you miss your ministry of serving Communion, or lectoring, or greeting at Mass, consider joining the team to welcome and serve the people who come to our parking lot Masses. Consider volunteering to call or reach out to parishioners who have not been able to come to the church grounds for Mass. Pray for our parish, her members, her leaders, and all those who have not yet learned about God's love for them. There is still so much work to be done, so many opportunities to be healers, to be welcomers. If you want to help, send us an email at [email protected] and we'll connect you with opportunities to serve in whatever way you can.
Thanks for everything you're already doing, Salem! Thanks for staying in touch with us and with each other! Thank you for your prayers and smiles! Thank you for supporting your parish financially, which makes everything we do, possible. We love you!
We're so excited to be able to continue Drive-In Mass this Sunday. If you'd like to join us for Mass this Sunday, please register your family. Please note that if it is rainy or too hot (over 80F), we will not hold outdoor Masses.
We'll continue to offer our weekend Online Mass, as well, and will continue our regular schedule of offerings until we're ready to make changes safely and prayerfully. The Cardinal's dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation continues for everyone, even if Masses are being offered in churches in their area.
6:00 PM Sunday join us for our new night of prayer, praise and connection called Something More. It's less like Mass and more like a combination of coffee/donuts and Alpha nights.
Meeting ID: 889 0982 7026 Password: 235802