This is the message I received I received from Rodney Jones, our Head of Facilities at St. John’s, on Friday morning:
Not once in the Bible does it say, “worry about it, stressover it or figure it out.” But over and over it clearly says, “TRUST God.”
“Christ over virus & infectious diseases.”
Have I not commanded you? Be strong & courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
I am so grateful for the many ways God continues to reveal himself and Christ’s love; a simple message from Rodney at 8:07 in the morning sustained me for the whole day. A well timed smile, an offer of chocolate, a phone call from a friend, a holy hour in the adoration chapel and so many blessings flowing from the very Body of Christ even as we are fasting from the Body of Christ in the Eucharist. Please continue to support one another. And be creative, even adventurous in doing so. Some friends of mine hosted a ZOOM Happy Hour on Saturday evening. It is not the “same” but it is intentional, it is an act of love and, in some ways, a deepening of faith. Please know of my ongoing prayer for each one of you. Do not hesitate to call just to say “hello” or request specific prayers.
MY CELL NUMBER IS 314.803.4523.
I am your pastor and want to stay connected to you. I am practicing safe distance and am very healthy right now. I am willing to visit you in your home if that is what will be helpful to you.
We will definitely continue the processions with the Blessed Sacrament on Friday evenings at 6:00 and Sunday mornings at 9:00. I will consult with the City regarding how to make it conform with the “Stay at Home” direction from the Mayor. I am also available in Church for Confessions on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30-8:00 am (except Monday, March 23, when the Church is being disinfected). And remember the Church is open 24/7 via the red door by the Adoration Chapel and the northwest glass door into church.
PRAYERS NEEDED FOR DONNA NAGEL
Donna passed away on Friday morning, after a nearly four year battle with cancer. We commend her to the Lord and ask your prayers for her husband, Dan and their children, Joe, Jessie and Jim.