Memo from Msgr. Raun - Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

My dear family,

Greetings in the Risen Lord!


The Treasure of Being

Before the coronavirus pandemic, people were primarily activity-oriented. With COVID-19, many discovered the unexpected joy of being rather than always doing. Living in presence, we’ve discovered we are more than what we do.

The pandemic forced us to deal with present realities. Before the pandemic, some were obsessed with always showing their “best face” on Facebook—trying to impress others or show off their latest purchase. But as hair grew wild and roots began to show, and the norms of life we’d come to expect were stripped away, there was less of a desire to impress and more of a need to “get real.”

With new transparency, people shared their neediness online and in text messages, asking for prayer. For some, social media developed into a time of being genuine friends, not just having them.

Also, with more time to think, people began to examine their hearts and thoughts before God. “The heart” is the center of our being. In times of stillness, God sparked a work of fresh grace in many people’s lives, and caused them to thirst for spiritual transformation.
Perhaps because so much of regular church body life was shut down, being right before God as individuals suddenly became more important than doing things for Him and receiving acknowledgment or praise from others for doing them.

Be in the moment—rather than rehearsing the past or worrying about the future. As you practice the presence of God, ask Him to give you a humble, teachable heart. Seek to be more transparent and less hidden so you can minister to others in their times of need.
Especially on social media, consider how you present yourself to others. Rather than seeking to just impress, consider influencing others for good and for the Kingdom of God. Respond to others’ needs for prayer and resources. Most important, be with the Lord...allowing Him to continue helping you become the person He created you to be.

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23)
Dawn Wilson

HOW TO GO TO MASS: Just a reminder of what we said yesterday:
1. Reservations are no longer required for weekday Mass. Just show up as often as you like.

2. Reservations are still required for Saturday evening and Sunday Mass. We are increasing the number of available seats to 200 people. Everyone is welcome to attend one weekend Mass a week - so, if you came last Sunday, you can come this Sunday. Just make a new reservation each week.
3. To make a reservation, just go to the parish website or app, or call the parish office.

3. Wear a mask. If you don't wear a mask, you won't be let into the church.

4. Receive Holy Communion on the hand. It's much safer for everyone.

1. The Sunday Mass obligation is suspended: no one commits a sin at this time by  missing Sunday Mass.

2. People who are high risk are encouraged to stay home. If you are sick, please stay home!!!

3. If you are reading this, and you are under 60 years old, God wants you to consider being of service to your parish family by being an usher, reader, or Eucharistic minister. To volunteer for these services that are so critically needed at this time, just call the parish office at 892-1511, and give your name and contact information. We will get back to you!

Please share this information with those people you know who do not have Internet access!

Monday through Friday - 5 pmSaturday - 2:30 pm

You need to be in the church at those times if you wish to confess. When the last penitent in line has confessed, the priest will not wait around: he will go home!

For Mrs. B.B., who is undergoing great marital difficulties.



-Had I known in March that it would be the last time I would be in a restaurant, I would have ordered dessert,

-This is the longest that something "Made In China" has ever lasted!

Risen Christ,
by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples:
help your Church to obey your command
and draw the nations to the fire of your love,
to the glory of God the Father.

I send you my fatherly blessing, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen !

Msgr. Doug Raun

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