My Dear People,
The COVID-19 crisis has been devastating for millions of people around the world, and its impact goes far beyond the physical effects of the disease. Everyone has experienced the pandemic differently, depending on their unique circumstances. But recent research from Bath University in England suggests that the pandemic can have positive effects on mental health, and even lead to post-traumatic growth. This also applies to our faith lives. The removal of daily distractions (travel, commuting to work, unnecessary meetings, etc.) has allowed you and me an opportunity to focus on strengthening our faith lives.
How have you grown your faith life during this pandemic? In the May issue of The Winged Lion parishioners and the staff at St. Mark the Evangelist share growth opportunities during this past year. We have adapted how we instruct our students to stretch themselves in their faith in St. Mark Catholic Preschool, Elementary, Youth and Adult Faith Formation. Our communications team has provided daily reflections for growth on social media, and weekly emails with resources for prayer. Our liturgy team has gone above and beyond to provide impactful and meaningful worship opportunities to all who attend, and those who attend virtually.
That all said, we are ready to welcome you back to in-person church. We are grateful to be a part of an Archdiocese who is willing to encourage in person worship. We, as a staff, have implemented safety precautions over and above what the Archdiocese requires ensuring facilities are sanitized in between Masses, hand sanitizing is made available, masks are worn, and social distancing is enforced. Our chapels are sanitized throughout the day for those who come to pray.
We miss you. If you are not in the at-risk category, come back to the celebration of the Eucharist. The real presence of Christ requires it. He really comes to us to feed us, and to be fed requires presence.