The third week of social distancing and living in a changed world continues as we follow the CDC and recommendations from our Nebraska governor. Thanks again for your understanding, patience and faith as we maneuver these challenging days and know that I truly miss you as I celebrate Mass!
Again, all public Masses and communal celebrations of the Sacraments and other liturgies have been suspended until further notice. Hence, all Masses or celebrations even during Holy Week are not accessible to the public. If there would be a need for a funeral, the limit of 10 people also applies.
St. Michael and St. Anthony Churches remain unlocked and open to people who desire to pray at their own discretion. If you do come to Church, please respect social distancing guidelines. On the weekends, it is recommended that you try to pray and watch Mass on the internet (archomaha.org/mass-for-shut-ins/) or local television stations or EWTN. Praying with your family together is a wonderful option, and you can read the Scriptures for the weekend and share thoughts. The desire to receive the Blessed Sacrament is a beautiful thing and you can join others with spiritual communion in prayer.
Please check the Archdiocesan web site, archomaha.org, as Archbishop George Lucas will be streamlining Masses and the Holy Week celebrations from the Cathedral in Omaha.
On Palm Sunday, palms will be blessed at an early Mass and people can pick up palms at their convenience from each church. I ask that each family/household take just one to allow everyone an opportunity to obtain one for their home.
Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil (Sacred Triduum) are truly important days to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, so please be mindful that you can read the Scriptures from a bible!
During this unpredictable time, I kindly ask that you try to be responsible stewards by mailing any weekly or regular donations to St. Michael's or St. Anthony's Churches or sign up for auto payments at St. Michael's. Even thought there is no school, PRE, or other parish activities, the monthly bills and payroll for employees continue. I realize this is a difficult time for everyone, but I am hopeful that we can do our best to offer financial support and encourage each other.
My prayers for you persist at Mass and throughout the day. Again, I am very grateful for thoughtful and caring ways of stewardship to the parishes. Let us pray for all in the medical profession and those who supply the necessities we need to survive!
St. Leo the Great's words encourage us during this time of hardship: "Through (the cross) to them that believe is given strength out of weakness, glory out of shame, life out of death."
Please check this web site for other information as more news becomes available.