I was hoping that I could announce the re-opening of Church for Masses this coming weekend, but the County Executive has not given the green light for that as of yet. It looks like Howards County might be one of the last to re-open.
There has been a good response of people coming to the chapel to pray and everyone has been very good about following the procedures of entering through the back parking lot door and wearing face masks. I hear it is also going well at St. Paul.
This week will have been the first week for drive through confessions. I am writing this before they occur, but I am not expecting any problems. You do not need to confess that you missed mass the past 10 weeks! But you may have found plenty of other sins to confess from being in quarantine for so long.
Sean Callahan, Catholic Relief president and CEO and a member of Resurrection Parish, has recently pointed out how this pandemic is severely affecting some of the poorest countries in the world which do not have some of the safety nets richer counties have to get through this. He predicts widespread famine. One way of responding is to donate to CRS. Visit their web site for information on how to do so.
It looks like summer weather might finally be upon us after a very mild spring. I’m ready, having packed my long sleeve shirts twice only to have to retrieve them.
May 26, 2020