On this Feast of St. Catherine of Siena, let us ask for a sharing of her courageous spirit and seek her intercession for healing from the COVID-19 Pandemic.  

I realize we may all be living with anxiety in the midst of so many unknowns; yet through it all your faith is revealing God’s glory more and more each day.  From your outreach to one another by phone and mail, to your sacrifices for one another, to your manufacturing of facial masks, to your providing of assistance to the poor, to your ongoing prayer, you are giving witness to the Risen Christ.  I am grateful for your great faith and for your deep, abiding love.

I am particularly grateful to you for your generous support of our mission even while we are unable to celebrate publicly our communion of faith.  We have been able to continue the mission without difficulty, due to your stewardship over the years and your continued support during this season of social distancing.  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

I offer a special word of thanks, too, to Jim Boeger, our Business Manager, who worked tirelessly to submit St. John the Baptist’s application for a Payroll Protection Plan loan from the Small Business Administration.  Through his hard work and by God’s grace we have received a loan which provides needed back-up during these uncertain times so we can confidently move forward knowing our mission is secure.  Together with your ongoing support we will be well positioned to thrive as we discover together what parish Life looks like in the wake of the pandemic.  

Archbishop Carlson has extended the suspension of public Masses through May 8.  Until then, we will continue celebrating daily Mass and our regular Sunday Masses with congregations of seven.  If you have not already done so, please call the parish office to let us know how many from your household to include in a future Mass.

We will continue with our Eucharistic Procession of Fridays at 6:00 pm.  This Friday we will journey east on Delor, south on Ulena, west on Bates, south on Gravois, north on Christy and east on Delor back to the Grotto. Please step out and join us in a decade or two of the Rosary as we pass near your home. 

Hopefully, we will be able to gather together, safely, soon.  We are one body in Christ; it his spirit, the spirit of the Risen Christ, dwelling within us and holding us together.  I pray that God’s grace and mercy be yours even in this difficult time of separation.  God bless you.  Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

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