LETTERS FROM THE PASTOR
Past Letters appear below. Read the most recent letter from Fr. Erik on our Home Page
March 21, 2020
May the Blessings and the Presence of the Lord be upon you!
Remember that God is always with us, the only thing we need to worry about is whether we are with God. Please take moments throughout the day and, in prayer, remind yourself of this.
By the way, Confessions are still being offered at the normal time, Saturday.
3:00 pm to 4:40 pm. I will also be hearing them on Wednesdays from 3 to
5 pm. I will be in the chapel. I just ask that that you observe social distancing in the line if there is one (at least 6 feet) and use the screen.
Anointing of the Sick is available when needed. Just call the church.
Also, we are continuing with Adoration on Tuesdays from 8 am to 8 pm .
Again, observe social distancing (don't sit close to each other!).
Let us keep each other in prayer during this difficult and strange time.
March 19, 2020
I hope that this finds you well and at peace in the Lord Jesus!
Today is the Solemnity of S. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin. Among his other titles are 'Terror of Demons' and 'Protector of Holy Mother Church'. It is no wonder then that Pope Francis has requested that we pray a special rosary today on his feast. This rosary can be prayed alone or as a family. (But remember that all our prayers are united in the Body of Christ.)
Bishop Solis called yesterday to check on us and remind us that we are in his prayers.
Earthquake Update - March 18, 2020
While the quake this morning was scary, it does not appear to have damaged the church, the school, the Vaughn Center, or the rectory.
We have also heard that the Cathedral is fine.
We should remember in our prayers our neighbors of the west side of the valley that have had their homes damaged.
March 17, 2020
My Sons and Daughters in Christ,
We find ourselves in strange and frightening times. And it is OK to be frightened. It does not show a lack of faith. But we must remember what lies beyond the times of trouble, the Kingdom of God in Its fullness when the Lord returns in glory. We must also remember that even in the midst of sickness and other evils that God is with us. As He Himself said, "Behold, I am with you even until the consummation of the ages."
It can be difficult to realize this with public Masses suspended but the reality of Christ and His Mystical Body remains. God has not cut us off from His Grace even if you are not able to receive Holy Communion or offer Him public Worship.
So, what are we to do?
1) Pray! Pray always and not just because we want and need God's help. Certainly we should pray for a quick and speedy end to the pandemic, for those who are sick and care for the sick, for those who are alone and frightened particular the very young and the very old, for those economically impacted, etc.... But we should also remember the additional aspects of prayer, specifically that we can listen to God and this reminds us of His active presence in our lives.
2) Worship. But, Father how can we with no public Masses? Masses are still being offered! You can participate in those offered via EWTN or streamed from our Cathedral. And we are working on offering a Mass from St. Ambrose via YouTube beginning this weekend. Spiritual unite yourself with all the Holy Sacrifices of the Mass throughout the world and make a Spiritual Communion. God has not and will not cut you off from His Grace. Also, I will be in the chapel during the normal times to hear your Confessions. If you need it at other times, just call the rectory. The same applies for the Anointing of the Sick. My daily Mass homilies are available at . Also, the church remains open during the normal hours for private prayer.
3) Stay healthy. Exercise. Do recreation. Do not just stare at the wall. Text, email, or call a friend. Might I also suggest limiting watching or listening to the news. For good or ill, the news is based on 'if it bleeds, it leads'. An overabundance of this can lead to depression.
4) Remember those in need. There are folks in the parish working on helping those in need especially the elderly. More information will be forthcoming.
5) Lastly, very lastly, remember that the parish still depends on your financial support. Bills have definitely not been suspended. Please consider making donations via online giving or the mail. As Mother Angelica used to say, Please remember us between the gas and electric bills.
Know that you are constantly in my prayers and those of Deacons John, George, and Steve. You are remembered at each and every Mass. I look forward to the time, not so far away, when I can offer the Sacrifice again with you physically present!