Fr. Marshall's Message and Homily, March 22

Brothers and sisters in Christ,

I write this during the time that we would be celebrating our 5:00pm Vigil Mass. Unfortunately, we cannot gather together in person this Sunday to celebrate the Eucharist. Nonetheless, the Church invites us to rejoice. This is Laetare Sunday, the day when the deep violet of Lent is softened to rose, to the color of the sky at dawn. Today’s readings are about light, about opening our eyes.

There are a number of recorded and live-streamed Masses that you can watch. Visit our diocesan website for links. You can also read the readings of the day. Here is a link to them from the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:

Finally, I am not yet live-stream ready, but I did spend some time over the past few days learning a bit more about both live-streaming and recording. For now, I have an audio recording of the homily I had hoped to deliver at our Masses this weekend. I invite you to listen to it – but I ask that you take a moment to read the readings of the day before you do. You can reach the audio file of my homily at our parish website - - and click on March 22, 2020.

The prayer over the people for today’s Mass seems especially appropriate:

Look upon those who call to you, O Lord,
and sustain the weak;
give life by your unfailing light
to those who walk in the shadow of death,
and bring those rescued by your mercy from every evil
to reach the highest good.
Through Christ our Lord.

May almighty God bless you this day and always.
Fr. Robert Marshall

Posted by June LaPorta at 7:50 AM