Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 10, 2020
Happy and Blessed Mother’s Day to all our moms!
Thank you and God Bless you.
“Predestined from eternity by that decree of divine providence which determined the incarnation of the Word to be the Mother of God, the Blessed Virgin was on this earth the virgin Mother of the Redeemer, and above all others and in a singular way the generous associate and humble handmaid of the Lord. She conceived, brought forth and nourished Christ. She presented Him to the Father in the temple, and was united with Him by compassion as He died on the Cross. In this singular way she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope and burning charity in the work of the Savior in giving back supernatural life to souls. Wherefore she is our mother in the order of grace.
This maternity of Mary in the order of grace began with the consent which she gave in faith at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, and lasts until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this salvific duty, but by her constant intercession continued to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation. By her maternal charity, she cares for the brethren of her Son, who still journey on earth surrounded by dangers and [difficulties], until they are led into the happiness of their true home…
By reason of the gift and role of divine maternity, by which she is united with her Son, the Redeemer, and with His singular graces and functions, the Blessed Virgin is also intimately united with the Church. As St. Ambrose taught, the Mother of God is a type of the Church in the order of faith, charity and perfect union with Christ. For in the mystery of the Church, which is itself rightly called mother and virgin, the Blessed Virgin stands out in eminent and singular fashion as exemplar both of virgin and mother…
The Church indeed, contemplating her hidden sanctity, imitating her charity and faithfully fulfilling the Father's will, by receiving the word of God in faith becomes herself a mother. By her preaching she brings forth to a new and immortal life the sons who are born to her in baptism, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of God. She herself is a virgin, who keeps the faith given to her by her Spouse whole and entire. Imitating the mother of her Lord, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, she keeps with virginal purity an entire faith, a firm hope and a sincere charity.
(Vatican II: Dogmatic Constitution on the Church – Lumen Gentium, #61-64)
“Re-Opening” Church & Masses to our Parishioners
As the Easter Resurrection account promises, there is life after death and light after darkness!
It is time for (some) life to return to our parish church and community.
On 08 May 2020, Archbishop Thompson has granted the following phased permissions.
Starting Wednesday 13 May 2020, the church will be open for private prayer from 8:30a-5p.
Starting Tuesday 19 May 2020, Masses with parishioners will resume.
For the Parish Reopening, we have many additional PROTOCOLS that all parishioners must follow in order to attend Mass. These procedures will be reevaluated weekly, and I fully expect some adjustments will be made. We are intentionally starting strict. Please take the time to read through the HFNA COVID19 Reopening Protocols carefully, BEFORE you come to church to pray privately or to attend Mass. They can be found on our website and Facebook. Thank you for your patience and compliance in advance.
Archbishop Thompson has maintained the dispensation from attending Sunday Mass (in person) through 15 August 2020, and live streaming of weekend Masses will continue. Furthermore, those who are 65 and over or those with high-risk health conditions SHOULD REMAIN AT HOME. This is the population that is most vulnerable to the Coronavirus. Of course, those who are asymptotic or have tested positive for COVID19 should not enter a church until released to do so by their health care professional.
The Parish Office and all other parish activities remain closed and suspended for the present. Planning will begin to prepare for the gradual return to faith formation, service, and social activities, but we are not there yet. Again, thank you for your patience and compliance.
The Son of Mother Mary is Risen!
~ Fr Jeremy M. Gries