More From Fr. Justus
JESUS OUR HOPE AND SOLACE
Happy Easter,the Lord is truly Risen, Alleluia Alleluia. As we celebrate Easter a time when at the fullness of time God sent His only son into the world to redeem us, we as well mark a historical moment in our liturgy and int the world when we celebrate Easter not in our churches but in the now sanctuaries of our homes, and our dinner tables have become our altars. With the human situation of covid-19 which has made us to retreat into our homes and the threat it poses to our well being we remember in a special way all those who have developed new working relations to fight this enemy.Families who have lost their loved ones, Jesus understands every human situation and his suffering on the cross a moment of shame and isolation and the cry of abandonment, leads to our Easter celebration when, Jesus meets the women who went early in the morning to anoint His body, in return it is Jesus who heals them and unites the apostles by sending a message back I am risen, or the words of the Angel, He is risen, their faith is renewed and their commitment strengthened.. For the past one month we have not been gathering and the church is now out there in your families and places of work those who are not working from home, many people giving a testimony by risking their lives to help, the health care, workers, the police force who ensure there is law and order for the common good and many unmentioned people, so much good has been experienced during this period and we have as well gone deeper into our inner selves and found the hidden treasures of goodness in everyone. Christ gives words of Peace to his disciples, Peace be with you, it is I do not be afraid. we are all receiving the same consolation and encouragement.Easter takes away our human fear and worries. Let us continue to pray for one another and value one another and know our life is precious and delicate handle with care, the protection to life is love and compassion and all this we learn from the risen Christ imitating Him daily by word and action bearing witness,he commands us to go and announce the good new to the whole world.. Happy Easter and looking forward to gathering soon.
The Recent Closure of Churches
Our church will remain closed in regard to the public regulations which is for the mutual well being of one another. Please I encourage you to keep following the public health regulations. A simple act of sacrifice and hygiene like washing of hands, staying at home, and remembering to keep social distance can save a life.
Like during the time of the apostles who remained in the house under closed doors waiting for the holy spirit, we have been encouraged not to forget those who need our practical help, the poor, the old, the unemployed, the lonely, families who may not have enough of the daily bread. It is a moment to pray together like the apostles to experience the abiding presence of our Lord in our time of self-isolation and social distancing, I have to be honesty with you it is not easy. For us here at the presbytery it is really a trying moment. Your words of encouragement, your messages, your phone calls have helped us to realise how valuable and essential the community you are all amazing., please with the same token let us think of our Neighbours believers or non-believers, people who may be different from us, we all need to offer help and support. It is a time when our community spirit is tried being neighbour to one another.
If need be some people have offered to help with transport which may include dropping you something from the shop. We appeal for more people to update us on needs of the people in difficulty. We shall endeavour to follow all regulations given to us by the government. The mystery with this corona virus is that it has exposed the reality of the mystery of our human vulnerability regardless of age we all need to be careful to help contain the spread this is a time for young people to sacrifice for the communities we love and cherish. We will encourage anyone involved in the exercise to keep the required regulations and also to have that Christian charity expected of us.
I know you are celebrating daily the liturgy of the word with your families and you miss to participate in the Eucharist. We are considering the possibility of live streaming some events and if it bears fruits, we shall be on your screens soon, oh sorry in your homes virtually as we adhere to the lifesaving regulations. In our masses and daily prayers, we are in communion.
A big thank you to those who have shared with us their bread, their shopping and those who keep sending donations to our account. We have learnt to experience what it means to be lonely and perhaps we shall share this experience to reach out.
It is difficult time for each and everyone of us but where there is love nothing will miss. Your remain in my daily masses and prayers.
Parish Pastoral Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Dear Parishioners and all people of goodwill, this is a most difficult time and it tries our faith and our Christian friendship. With the threat of coronavirus and aware of the vulnerability of some of our parishioners, of course all of us as human beings are delicate and vulnerable to risks that come our way. I am suggesting that if the crisis worsens, let us identify people who may need our prompt response. Take a phone number, know the address, enquire from a family member so that in case of a worse case scenario we are able to offer material support, hope and words of closeness to those who may remain at home - a telephone conversion is a pastoral response. Or we can use Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram to keep up-to-date. I am appealing for volunteers for this. I know we have wonderful people. We can share information but be careful not to create unnecessary fear or panic. Do not be afraid, Jesus always reminds us, he is with us even in this moment of suffering.
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