Lenten Reflections & Homilies by Bishop Robert Gruss
How an Encounter with Jesus Can Change Your Life Forever- A Reflection for the Third Sunday of Lent
The Meaning of Lent - "A time for turning away from our thirsts for the things of this world to what really matters in life."
Overcoming Temptations - “A heart that gazes on Pure Love, will overcome all temptations” (First Sunday of Lent Reflection)
Transforming Sufferings into Grace - (Second Sunday of Lent Reflection)
Being Obedient to God out of Love. Also, Growing in our Capacity to Love - (First Friday Homily)
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We are living through a health crisis whose effects are seeping into all aspects of our lives. We just recently were given a stay at home order by our governor which is a good measure to help us practice social distancing and slow the spread of the virus.
We all feel like we have lost control and it is scary.
God is still with us!
Prayer is a powerful force for healing and strength. Reading scripture and spiritual material can bolster our faith and bring us peace. Calling a neighbor, friend or family member keeps us connected in a time of social distancing. One group is sewing surgical masks which are in great demand. That is a great idea and you can find the link on how to do it on the web.
We will NOT have community celebration of Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. We are working to be able to livestream them to you so that you can at least join me in prayer on those sacred days. Watch our website for updates.
Many are suffering with the loss of jobs, reduced hours, and layoffs and our parish income reflects those realities. We are living off our savings. We need $27,000 per month to operate and have received $2,700 in the mail and people are dropping envelopes off in the past few weeks. We estimate that we will have to take $50,000 from savings by the first of May in order to pay our bills from February, March and April. Snow birds, the lack of people at mass as the crisis was building, and the cancellation of all masses, especially Easter, leaves us seriously weakened. Thank goodness we do have savings to cover us until we can resume our normal parish life.
On-line giving is a great option and you can access it on our website on the tab at top of the page.
So far so good for me on the health scene. I am praying for all of you, our community, state and world. I include prayer for our most vulnerable, health care workers, those in public services, grocers and those selflessly self-sacrificing for the greater good. They are being Christ-like to others. May we be inspired by their example and pray from them constantly!
I love you all,
A - Temporary Suspension of All Public Masses. I am temporarily suspending all public Masses throughout the Diocese of Saginaw. This action of suspending all public Masses flows from the Catholic Church’s essential belief in the preciousness of every human life.
B - Other Parish Celebrations & meetings. All communal Penance Services, public Stations of the Cross, and any unnecessary parish gathering and meeting be cancelled.
C - Reconciliation. Individual celebration of the Sacrament of Penance and Anointing of the Sick may be celebrated.
D - Funerals Permitted. It is important to mourn with those who have lost loved ones. Therefore, funerals are permitted. However, the restrictions on numbers of those attending, according to the Governor’s mandates, must be adhered to. People in attendance should sit in a way that respects the social distancing guidelines. If this is not possible, families may consider postponing the funeral or memorial Mass to a later date.
E - Confirmation / First Eucharist. A decision regarding the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation will be made in the future, depending upon the situation of this crisis.
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