To STM Parishioners,
I hope all of you are doing reasonably well given the extraordinary circumstances of these last couple weeks. No one sick in your family, I hope? No pressing needs for food or other survival gear that you can’t meet?
We Jesuits are doing well, but we miss our daily routines: Tim and I at the parish, Todd and Jonathan at Cristo Rey, and Peter and Joe at Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center. More than that, we miss you. Cyber-ministry and cyber-school just aren’t the same as face-to-face interaction. And doing Eucharist over cyberspace just doesn’t cut it, does it. I have a greater appreciation of our Sunday liturgies when we can stand shoulder-to-shoulder, share a hug or at least a handshake, and come to the table together for the meal that makes us one. I look forward to the day when we can gather for Eucharist again.
But there is an upside to all this – a large one. I am noting how parishioners who are dutifully “social distancing” have stayed in touch with one another. Tim and I have received any number of texts and emails from parishioners asking how we and our brother Jesuits are doing, and is there anything they can do for us. How kind you are! And I am sure that you are sending similar inquiries and expressions of concern throughout the parish membership, with special attention to those who are living alone or who may be feeling isolated.
STM parishioners also stand ready to assist other parishioners who may be in need through our new ministry, Serviam. If any parishioner needs assistance of any kind, call the main parish number or the parish emergency number and leave a message. Someone will get back to you promptly.
It seems clear that the restrictions on our mobility and interaction that might have separated us have in a very real way drawn us together. A real manifestation of how life overcomes death.
Let us keep checking on one another, and let continue this concern for one another even after the covid-19 threat passes.