A weekly message from you Pastor, Fr. Kevin Huber.
A Message From Fr. Kevin
Dear Friends in the Lord,
During the Priests' Convocation in October, Bishop McClory reflected on reasons that Catholics continue to stay away from Mass, even though the opportunity to worship has been available since last May. He offered 10 reasons:
People are in the high-risk category. (age, health conditions, caregivers)
People do not feel safe. (In any public setting? Just in church?)
People do not like the restrictions. (social distance, wearing masks)
People do not like sign-in procedures.
There is not enough room or availability in their church.
People have become comfortable with virtual Masses.
The habit (discipline) of Mass has been broken.
No one has reached out to them.
People are dispensed so they do not feel the obligation.
People do not miss the Eucharist.
I am certainly not judging anyone for their decision to stay away, especially if you are among the vulnerable members of the population. At the same time, I want to encourage you to use this time to deepen your devotion to the Holy Eucharist. To help foster Eucharistic devotion in this COVID season, I want to offer four simple suggestions.
Consider making use of Christ the King Adoration Chapel, which provides you with a disinfected environment with social distance in a quiet and peaceful atmosphere for personal time with the Eucharistic Lord.
Make a Spiritual Communion daily, offering one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory be three time and praying this simple prayer: Lord, I wish to receive You with the purity, love, and devotion with which your Holy Mother received You, with the spirit and fervor of the saints. I have posted a recording of the Spiritual Communion on the website at www.qas.org.
When you pray the rosary, pay special attention to the fifth Luminous Mystery, the Institution of the Eucharist.
Prayerfully reading the accounts of the institution of the Eucharist in the Gospels of Matthew (26:20-30), Mark (14:16-26), and Luke (22:14-23) will enable you to experience the love with which the Lord Jesus gave Himself to you. Since the Eucharist has the power to transform darkness, division, and loneliness, keeping our gaze fixed on the Lord Jesus will bring us profound peace in the middle of this chaos.
If you decide to return to Mass, please know that the staff and volunteers at Queen of All Saints Parish and St. Mary Parish continue to work hard to provide safe environments for you to worship on Sunday. Pews are disinfected. People who participate at Mass maintain six feet of social distance and use of masks when they enter the building. We want you to feel safe! In the meantime, as we begin Advent, intensifying our watch for the coming of the Savior, please be sure of my prayers for you and those whom you love.
Faithfully yours in the Lord,
Fr. Kevin Huber