We have now finished the first week of shelter in place. It is still a bit surreal. I hope that you have taken time to read and time to pray. Health care workers and first responders continue to work hard or be at the ready.
The Holy See (the pope) is granting a plenary indulgence for those who are sick with COVID-19 and to their caretakers (doctors, nurses, family members) who are observing some type of quarantine and who participate in televised Mass or devotion. While only those who have COVID-19 and health care workers receive the indulgence, I encourage all of you to make use of the streaming services: the Cathedral streams daily Mass at 8 am and Sunday Mass at 11am. It is found at www.catholiccincinnati.org. Santa Misa en Español transmisión en directo Domingo a las 9:30 am at www.stpeterinchainscathedral.org. Our pastoral region will stream a Liturgy of the Word on Sundays at 10 am, with the recording available afterward. We miss you.
As people are home from work, some will begin to struggle financially. It is okay to reach out to one of the regional parish conferences of St. Vincent de Paul. It also reminds us to attend to works of charity as we are able. Pray for those who are facing uncertainty. Call a fellow parishioner or the parents of your kid’s classmates.
Some organizations continue to provide bag lunches while dining together is not permitted. If you are healthy and not at high-risk of severe symptoms, you can learn about the lunch efforts of New Life Mission or the Salvation Army.
It is my understanding that during the shelter in place it is still permissible to walk around the block, with or without pets. I know that is an important part of my mental health. It helps me remember God is bigger. In today’s gospel we hear that Jesus has power even over death, so we need not be afraid.
We continue to ask St. Joseph’s intercession at this time.
With you in prayer,