Alleluia, Alleluia, he is risen!
Happy Easter my young friends,
As we continue to shelter in our homes under Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer-at-Home order, I would just like to offer you and your families my prayers and my support at this unprecedented time in our history.
Our needs are so great at this time as a nation, and also as the church. We are a family of believers, yet we cannot celebrate together. How strange it was for me during Holy Week to proceed into our beautiful St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, past rows and rows of empty pews. Pews that just weeks earlier were filled with the faithful preparing to journey through Lent and on to Easter Sunday. The extension of the Safer-at-Home order adds weeks to the time we will be able to celebrate Mass together and to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist which is the source and summit of our faith.
I know this causes many people anger and sadness. The same is true for me, yet I know that we must keep our families, friends and neighbors safe from exposure to this virus. Isolating in our homes is the best way to lessen exposure until cases have begun to subside. We isolate now so we can be together later.
Many of our priests, serving in both urban and rural areas of the diocese, have worked hard to adopt new technologies to serve the needs of the faithful. Parish staffs offering meetings through Zoom and other platforms, “calling trees” are in place to reach out to parishioners and offer prayers and support, there are priests sitting down for coffee and conversation, as well as celebrating daily and weekly Masses via livestream. And for all of you, your teachers are working with you virtually through the end of the school year, how creative is that? I have to say, I am so proud of the ways we are all pulling together to make it through this tough time.
As we talked about last month, continue to offer prayers to Good St. Joseph. He works miracles constantly, and we need miracles right now. Good St. Joseph, pray for us.
A continued Happy Easter my friends! God bless you and your families as we look forward to the day we can join together again.