March 20, 2020
Dear Parishioners of St. Edward,
With no public Masses or activities on campus at this time, the uncertainty we face as a parish community may seem overwhelming as we all strive to respond to the pandemic. You may be feeling anxious, sad, confused or any number of other emotions in response to the many changes we’ve already experienced in our communities, schools, work and social lives. I know I have. We are committed to supporting you, our parishioners, in whatever challenges lie in the days ahead. As we continue this ministry, we humbly ask you for three things:
- Pray. Pray for our parish, the Church, this nation and our world – particularly those who have died, those who are currently suffering from the COVID‐19/coronavirus and those who are caring for them. Though you will not be able to receive the Eucharist, you may still pray the Mass by participating via TV, radio or streaming. Click here for a list of options. We plan to begin streaming Mass from St. Edward beginning next weekend (March 28‐29). You will be able to access our liturgy through our website and our Facebook page. Stay tuned for more details.
- Share the needs of our community. Are you or someone you know suffering from difficulty accessing food? Financial concerns? Loneliness? Pastoral Care needs? Let us know, and we’ll work to make connections – including with local resources to help us get through this challenging time together.
- Support our parish. As part of our ongoing commitment to serve, we are continuing to pay staff at this time and financially support our parish ministries. We also face many building expenses that remain despite the decrease in events. If your family is able, please consider financially supporting our parish through electronic giving, on‐line giving (through our website) or mailing in your envelopes and donations. We so appreciate your support in helping to keep our parish going through this crisis.
Our staff is working on creative ways to keep us connected to our faith and to one another – especially through utilizing on‐line opportunities. Although they are working from home, our staff continues to be available to you by phone and email – as am I. Our receptionist Sue will be directing calls from home. Our staff, trustees, parish council and other parish leadership will be meeting regularly through an on‐line platform called “Zoom.” This is also a great time of course to check out formed.org with all its wonderful faith‐enriching opportunities – as well as many other excellent on‐line resources to keep our spirits nourished and our connection to God strong. One important note: although our life and ministry will continue mostly on‐line for now, our Chapel is open each day from 8am to 8pm for individual prayer. The space is currently set up for safe social distancing and is sanitized twice a day. It’s a beautiful place of peace and refuge during these crazy days. I plan on spending a lot of time in there in front of the Blessed Sacrament myself! Thank you for being part of our St. Edward parish community. Be sure to check our website for ongoing updates and in the meantime, be assured of our love and prayers for you and your family. In Christ,