I am grateful that we made it through our second Easter with the challenges that have been placed before us. It has not been easy for many of us, yet we went from our first Easter with no one present to having a good number of people at our four-hour Sunday Communion and the three Easter Masses.
As we move forward, we are putting our plans into place about the upcoming future. With the vaccine helping to protect many people, health experts are expressing hope that late this summer people will be out and about. Even though plans may change, we are expecting to increase our Masses, ministries and outreach in September. So this means that we are asking our lay ministers to consider the possibility of being ready to minister by informing us, doing good training and making sure their Safe Environment Training is completed. In order to increase our ministries, we need our people ready to return when it is safe.
In the weeks ahead we will inform the parishioners of the next steps. It will be different for a while, but we will find our way through and reimagine how our community will continue its mission of serving the Lord.
Again we are looking at September, the time when many people return from vacations and rest, to restart fully our mission. I am hopeful we can get there, and our staff will continue to do what we can to keep moving forward. Your support has meant the world to us and it has been vital in keeping the spirit of many strong. I am very grateful to the many who have remained steady.
Peace in Christ,