I am sure you have already heard of the death of Archbishop Pilarczyk. May we take a moment to thank God for the gifts and ministry of this good man. I personally knew the archbishop for 47 years, nearly half a century. He was rector of the seminary when I entered at 18 and was perhaps the best teacher I ever had, a spiritual guide and good friend. Aware of his humanity he was aware of his weaknesses and strengths. Many years ago he made this statement “when we die God does not expect us to return our bodies in perfect condition, but to return our bodies well used and well cared for.” May he and all the faithfully departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen. As we give thanks let us remember him in our prayers and ask that he remember us in his prayers.
In these interesting times of coronavirus we find ourselves in an unprecedented circumstance we may feel like running away we certainly want to wake up tomorrow and have it all gone, since we can’t run away, and it won’t be gone next week or even the week after that… I offer you some thoughts
- Even though we are quarantined we are in a sense alone but still together. God will always care for us and give us the grace we need to not only survive but to grow in goodness because of the challenge.
- This is a good time to reflect on what is most important in our life and to live simply.
- It is a time for compassion and care for the people whom we live with.
- It is a time to follow the directions and leadership of the Governor, Mayor and other appropriate civic leaders.
During this time of uncertainty, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to monitor and adapt to the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus.
I hope all of you had a nice and relaxing spring break and did your part to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. This is a unique and historic time we are living through and I appreciate all that everyone is doing to help stop the spread. The only way we will get through this is to stay home.
After careful consideration we have decided to extend online learning through April 14th after Easter. We will take Good Friday (April 10) and Easter Monday (April 13) as days off, as planned, to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. We will continue to monitor the information provided by the State of Ohio and will update you should this timeline change.
I would like to thank the faculty who have been working hard to make the transition to online learning as smooth as possible, the maintenance staff who have disinfected the buildings and continue to make sure our buildings are taken care of, the parish staff who have made adjustments and preparations to work at home to keep the work of the parish going.
Our reserves will help our parish weather this situation, but we still have our regular expenses of salaries and benefits, maintaining the buildings, increased technology needs, and utilities. We ask that you please continue to give to the parish. You can mail your check to the parish office or give online by going to www.nativity-cincinnati.org/giving.
For additional updates about Nativity’s response to the Coronavirus please visit the Update Center on our website at www.nativity-cincinnati.org/updates or contact Rudy Gruenke, Director of Systems & Special Projects at (513) 531-3164 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please continue to pray for all those afflicted by illness and those who are working to prevent the spread. This won’t last forever; we will get through this.
As the angelus rings at 6:00 am, noon, and 6:00 pm, please pray the following prayer
Prayer for a Time of Public Health Concerns
Since the moments of our life unfold, O God,
according to your good pleasure,
receive the prayers and sacrificial offerings
by which we implore your mercy
for our brothers and sisters who are ill,
that, having been anxious for them in their danger,
we may rejoice at their recovery of health.
For scientists, health professionals, public officials,
and all who are serving the common good in this
difficult and uncertain time, may they be
filled with wisdom and understanding.
Pray: Our Father – Hail Mary – Glory Be