MESSAGE FROM YOUR PASTOR
Feast of St. Joseph the Worker
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Peace of Christ be with you!
No doubt that this corona virus is affecting us all. We are deeply saddened by the impact of it in our lives as a community of faith. It pains us as priests not to be able to celebrate Mass with you, however, we assure you that you remain connected to us in our private Masses. The intentions offered for daily and Sunday Masses will still be included in those Masses. We will provide live streaming of these masses on our facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/stkateri.tekakwitha.35. Mass Readings of the day are also posted on that account. Like St. Paul languishing in prison and yet still very much connected to his community of believers, we can only pray for you and encourage you to "rejoice always in the Lord, for the Lord is near" ( Philippians 4:4-13). The Lord is near to us most especially during this time of fear and anxiety because of this corona virus.
I hope and pray that you are taking all the necessary extra precaution as advised by the health department. The Lord protects us but we are also given the capacity to observe preventive measures to protect ourselves. Let us always be observant in practicing social distancing, and keeping constantly be aware of the importance of good hygiene and nutrition.
The parish offices are also closed at this time but we are still able to receive phone calls. If you need to reach us, please call us at the parish office 951-845-3446. Also, our emergency numbers for sick calls , 951-999-1796 and 951-999-1807 are always open but to be used only for extreme cases such as anyone near death. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Updates are also posted on our website www.stkateritekakwitha.org.
In my last meeting with the Finance council, we discussed the effects of these closures to our parish operations. While the Churches are closed and Masses are suspended, we still must pay our staff who will be working and keeping our facilities maintained and secured. I am very grateful for any financial help that we can get at this time.
For those of you who have regular envelopes, you may send your offerings by mail or drop them off at the office mailbox. Please use checks only do not put cash in the envelopes. For those who use the internet, I encourage you to consider on-line giving. You may visit our website at www.stkateritekakwitha.org and go to the link to Online Giving.
On our part as your priests and deacons, we continue to do our ministry in the best way we can despite this limiting situation. We will still do gravesite services, visit hospital patients or sick people who are in danger of death. We can still give you pastoral counselling by phone if you need to talk to us about your fears and anxieties during this uncertain time. Or you may just give us a call to let us know how you are doing as we are very much concerned about the well-being of each one of our parishioners. Deacon Armando will keep the Food Pantry open on Wednesday to give food to those who are in need. Carol's Kitchen will continue to give free hot meals to go. And while there are no groups using our halls, we will take this opportunity to have Maintenance do some extra cleaning and fixing in our facilities Let us all use this crisis as an opportunity to produce good works. Let us not allow this virus to paralyze us nor rob us of our peace and joy. Just like St. Paul, let us rejoice in the Lord always even in the midst of trials and difficulties. The Lord will never abandon us. Let us put our trust in him.
Take care always and May God bless you.
" Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." ( Phil. 4: 4-7 )