Pastor’s Keyboard: One of the greatest blessing of this time of quarantine has been the number of family and friends who have begun to reach out to check in on me. Several them I have not heard from in a long time, so it has been nice catching up with everyone. What has really amazed me are the number of parishioners that call, stop by, bring food (for the hungry seminarians), and send texts just to bring encouragement as well as to see if the parish needs anything. Some have even called to offer part or all of their stimulus check to the parish, food pantry, or the First District Catholic Aid Society. Many are bringing food by weekly to the food pantry and often ask what they should look for when they go shopping.
I feel like the most blessed pastor on the planet because of the incredible kindness and charity given to our parish, those in need, and to me and the seminarians. Every time I offer the Mass, I intentionally lift up on the paten (the gold plate that holds the bread to be consecrated) for each one of you. Sometimes the Lord even brings to mind certain individuals and families, especially the ones I know are in the most stress or strain or the ones HE knows need it.
My hope is that with the Diocese of Arlington starting to offer public Masses starting this weekend, we are not far off from reopening. Keep praying! Keep making spiritual communions! Keep reaching out to family, friends and fellow parishioners! And most of all, keep trusting and loving the Lord and those you are staying with!
Know you are in my prayers and the seminarian’s prayers. Please keep us in yours.
Your Father and Brother in Christ,
Fr. Scott Woods