Please join Deacon Alton Davis for a recitation of the Rosary via Zoom on Thursday, June 11th, at 7:00 PM. The information to join the group is posted below.
Meeting ID: 867 1124 0730
Today, May 29th, is the 16th Ordination Anniversary of our pastor, Father John Kennealy, Please join us in wishing him a Happy Anniversary!
We were recently notified of the passing of Ann DeGraff, widow of a member of the Knights of Columbus. No other information is available at this time. Please keep the family in your prayers.
From Credit Cards to Students Loans: Managing Your Debt During COVID19
Catholic Charities Financial Stability Network is offering a free taped webinar reviewing how parishioners can best manage students loans, credit cards, mortgage debt during COVID 19.
Domestic Violence (Zoom Webinar in Spanish) Saturday May 23th, 10 am
Catholic Charities Parish Partners Program will host a zoom webinar: Supporting Families Suffering Domestic Violence at Home. Join us to learn how to help family, friends, parishioners suffering domestic abuse. Learn how your parish outreach can help. This webinar is in Spanish. To participate in the workshop Saturday, May 23rd, 10 am:
Seminario virtual en español sobre la violencia domestica (Zoom Webinar)
Sábado 23 de Mayo, 10 am
El Programa de Parish Partners de Caridades Católicas organizará un seminario web de zoom: Apoyo a las familias que sufren violencia doméstica en el hogar. Acompáñenos a aprender cómo ayudar a familiares, amigos, feligreses que sufren abuso doméstico. Conozca cómo su alcance parroquial puede ayudar. Este seminario web está en español. Para participar en el taller sábado 23 de mayo, 10 am: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82209058423?pwd=SWhjQ3pOMTBxY2szN0xYcmRZWXFQUT09
Stress Reduction Workshop Offered by Catholic Health Ministry Leader
Donna Chacko, a St. Mark Catholic Church Health Ministry leader and a retired physician, is offering a faith-based stress reduction workshop online, Three Keys to Less Stress During the COVID-19 Crisis. It is free and open to all.
En estos tiempos de crisis y de lucha contra el COVID-19, ofreceles una vez más el programa “Menos Estrés” de forma gratuita.
The Spanish link: https://www.serenityandhealth.com/tresclaves
The English link: https://www.serenityandhealth.com/covid19guide
For more information contact Donna Chacko email@example.com.
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Father Jack will celebrate a Mass commemorating the feast of St. Matthias, Apostle, whose feast day is May 14th. You may access a video of the Mass on the St. Matthias Church Facebook page next Thursday.
The Daily Prayer Calendar for Priests for the months of May through August of 2020 may be found in the May 10th Church Bulletin. Use the About Us drop-down menu to locate the bulletin.
Immigration Update (Zoom Webinar) Saturday May 9th, 10 am
Celia Rivas, an attorney for Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services, will host a zoom webinar about the status of immigrants’ rights for TPS, political asylum, work authorizations, VAWA, COVID 19 related delays, and recent changes in federal laws/programs affecting immigrants. This webinar is in Spanish. To register for the workshop Saturday, May 9th, 10 am:
Actualización de Inmigración (Zoom Webinar) Sábado 9 de mayo, 10 am
Celia Rivas, abogada en el programa de servicio Immigración de Caridades Católicas, organizará un seminario web sobre el estado de los derechos de los inmigrantes para el TPS, asilo político, autorizaciones de trabajo, retrasos relacionados con VAWA, COVID 19 y cambios recientes en las leyes/programas federales que afectan a los inmigrantes: Para inscribirse:
Grief Brief #24
Losing a loved one to death is always a difficult experience for family members, acquaintances, and friends. There is a large measure of sadness in the hearts and lives of those who will be grieving. The Funeral Mass, a Memorial Service, or a Celebration of Life Event can help, all who have lost someone, to honor and remember those persons, as they mourn.
A very ardent wish of those losing a loved one to death is to be present as their person leaves this present life. Being able to say words of assurance as well as farewells, being able to pray or even to sing as one gathers near the dying person is desired by so many. Some would choose to hold the hand or give a last hug or kiss to their dying loved one. Words of assurance and support that are offered by a priest, minister, or a member of the Pastoral Care Team in a given facility are so comforting to all present around the death bed.
We are all aware of the terrible virus that has invaded our world. Life is so very different as the pandemic rages. Hundreds and thousands of persons around the world are stricken by this cruel virus. They have been separated from loved ones and remain in the critical care settings of hospitals or are quarantined in Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Centers, or Group Living Facilities. There have been strict isolation procedures put in place for all who struggle with the illness. Families are being asked to quarantine themselves and to shelter in place. The facilities housing the ill are “off limits” to them.
We know all too well that many of the persons struggling with Corona Virus (Covid -19) will die, and that is in large numbers. Death, in the many facilities where they are cared for by heroic doctors, nurses, and other dedicated health care workers, will not include the presence of the beloved family members or friends. How very different this death experience is from what we spoke of earlier. Because of the lethality of this virus only health care givers have contact with the sick patients. Death, for the most part, occurs with loved ones learning of it after it has occurred. Health care providers try to convey this news in a compassionate manner, but it is little comfort to loved ones who have been blocked from gathering around the bedside.
When we consider this scenario, we realize how very different the experience of death and grief is for those who have lost their loved ones in such tragic circumstances. Will their grieving not be much more difficult? Grieve they will, and grieve they must, but a large measure of caring and compassion must be there for them. Under the present situation, and due to staggering numbers of deaths, funeral services and burials are often postponed for a later time.
As we remember with deep gratitude the front line caregivers who render heroic services to our loved ones, we also lift up our hearts in prayer for the many families who are forced to face their losses under these dire circumstances.
Grief Brief #23
I thought it most appropriate at this time to address the personal, emotional impact the present pandemic has had upon us. The focus in this Grief Brief will be upon the very strong feelings it has stirred up in each of us.
We may have had a personal loss before our country was stricken with this major health crisis. Perhaps there may have been losses of friends, acquaintances, or family members who have died presently from the virus. This has, no doubt, caused great sadness, especially if we had not yet healed from a grief experience that occurred in the past. Adding to this, we may have come to know renewed sadness, a deeper sense of loss, and perhaps anger over all that is transpiring.
We look now at these feelings and how we can adequately cope with them. First and foremost, our deep sadness or renewed sadness is very real. We have lost and may continue to be losing persons known and dear to us. We can’t deny the sorrow that has arisen within us. Having some means to communicate this sadness is important. If we are fortunate to have compassionate, trusting persons in our lives we can certainly talk about these sad, troubling feelings. Talking can relieve the burden of strong feelings over time. Listeners who are accepting of the deep feelings that a person is experiencing and can provide the comfort of a caring and listening heart will offer a true gift. We talk as much and as often as we need to and don’t deny how difficult life has become for us.
For those who are less connected with others there is always the choice of writing out one’s feelings. Journaling, as much or as little as needed to bring relief from stored feelings, is always helpful. Talking, as well as writing might be a need for some. The important thing is that once expressed, these pent up feelings are liberated, at least for a while, from saddened and hurting hearts and minds. These feelings are much too strong to deny. Many will turn to their God to communicate what they are experiencing and to receive the needed strength to go on.
Anger over what has occurred and is still occurring can easily accompany the sadness we feel. Anger arises easily when we realize how our lives have been radically changed. Life, as we know it, now seems to have placed unbelievable burdens upon families, friends, and people, in general. Life is filled with unfair circumstances caused by the relentless virus.
As we consider the many angry feelings that well up within us, we are led to question the meaning of it all. How have our lives been changed? How has our world changed? Can there be any positive outcomes from this experience? What is next for our lives?
The outpouring of care and concern for the afflicted is duly noted by all. The concern of those providing care so tirelessly touches the hearts of all who witness it, calling forth depths of gratitude. Efforts to reach out and help, where needed, are visible and are increasing each day. Finding meaning in it all, as already mentioned, and recognizing the many efforts in place to mediate the situation, leads us to do some very deep thinking.
But what about the anger? Will it go away on its own? Taking measures to alleviate it through positive means are so necessary. Once again, talking out the many causes of our anger, or writing them out is helpful. When blaming, criticizing, or questioning take precedence these can lead us to a very unsatisfying and unhealthy place. Taking care of oneself in whatever ways that will keep us strong in body and spirit is paramount. Reaching out to help others in any ways that are possible, will provide an avenue for dissipating sadness, anger, or whatever feelings that might be troubling us. Crying out to the God we know, much as the psalmists and prophets of old have done, can help as well.
Being able to survive these devastating circumstances by taking the measures that will keep us well, balanced, and emotionally strong will undoubtedly bring us to the place where we might choose to be.