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Confessions: Saturday 3:30 PM
March 24, 2020
Dear OLA Parishioners,
We are already in the Fourth Week of the Lenten Season and the third week of our struggle with the COVID-19 Virus. These are certainly difficult times for all of us, unprecedented in history. The world has experienced crippling and devastating “pandemics” before, but never one affecting the entire globe. How long this will last and to what extent it will continue, no one knows.
Archbishop Wester has given us all some very useful guidance in a comprehensive letter, dated March 15. I have attached his letter to this email. What each of us can do now is educate ourselves with the “health guidelines,” use good judgment when interacting with each other and limit our contact with the public. These measures will assure us of the best possible means to protect ourselves and not spread the virus.
In the Archbishop’s letter, he explains why he took the serious measures of (1) canceling all church services, including the (2) Sunday obligation and (3) why He is asking the people of the Archdiocese to follow the guidelines of the Public Health officials. He reminds us to use common sense as well as trust in Divine Providence, “After all is said and done, we are called to be a people of faith,” said the Archbishop. He went on to say that despite the cancellation of church services, including the celebration of the Eucharist, this does not mean that parishes will cease to provide essential pastoral care. Read his letter and his explanation of what we can expect and what we can do pastorally.
At the bottom of this email, I have listed several useful websites for valuable information and some possible spiritual aides. For example, you will find the readings for daily Mass and daily meditations on the United States Bishops website (USCCB.org). There are literally thousands of other websites and avenues to assist us during this time of isolation and uncertainty. If you know of other useful sites, forward them to me, and I will pass them on to everyone. Should you know of a parishioner who did not receive this email and would like to, please send their name and email address to the attention of the parish office email@example.com and we will add them to our list.
Finally, I ask you to renew and strengthen your faith through prayer and meditation. This time away from the hustle and bustle of the world may, in fact, be a blessing, a valuable time to reconnect with our own spiritual life. Take time to read Scripture! Quiet time and prayer will open us up to the incomparable gift of God’s comforting love. We are in this together, and no one has been exempted from being “tossed about by the fear, anxiety, doubt and confusion,” of these times.
My thoughts and prayers will be for your safety and well-being for the weeks ahead. “Our Lady of the Assumption” is a wonderful source of a mother’s love. Place your family in her arms and trust that she will be with us in this time of “exile.”
Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, Our Life, Our Sweetness and our Hope, to Thee do we cry poor banished children of Eve, to Thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Pray for us O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.
Memorare Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
May we emerge from this trial with stronger faith, a lively hope, and a renewed love of God and neighbor.
I am, Yours in Christ,
Edward C. Domme
United States Bishops Conference …………..http://www.usccb.org/
Archdiocese of Santa Fe …………….…….…https://archdiosf.org/
OLA Parish website………………………..…..http://olacs.org/
The Divine Office ..……………………….…….https://divineoffice.org/welcome/
Word on Fire …………….……….………….…https://www.wordonfire.org/
The Catholic Thing ……………………………..https://www.thecatholicthing.org/
Faith & Reason Institute…………………………….https://frinstitute.org/
My Catholic Life …………………………………https://mycatholic.life/
Our Lady of the Assumption Church
Dear Friends in Christ,
Thank you for your interest in our parish. Whether you are just visiting us for a brief time, looking for a new parish home, are returning to the practice of your Catholic faith, or are interested in finding out more about the Catholic Church, we are happy to have you here.
Ultimately, there is no more important relationship in life than “to love God, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.” It is through family life and here in our church that we form the basis of this understanding.
We look forward to connecting with you here and hopefully seeing you in the life of the parish and school.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. Edward C. Domme
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