St. Mary Star of the Sea Church – Pallottine Fathers
March 23, 2020
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement this evening the church of St. Mary Star of the Sea will remain closed as part of the effort to deal with the coronavirus. I’m sorry that this has to happen as I had hoped the church could be a quiet place of prayer and refuge during these difficult times as was the case over the past two days.
I will continue to pray and offer Mass within the church, praying for all of you, united with you in spirit and I will continue to record Mass and other forms of prayer that may help you during this time.
The following thoughts came to me during my walk tonight and I have written them in my blog:
“It is a time of spiritual fasting. In a way it’s like fasting on the absence of Jesus who once said that the time would come when the Bridegroom would be taken away from them and that would be the time to fast. It’s the absence felt by the disciples in the Upper Room that first Easter evening when they were shut away in fear and uncertainty. Though Jesus was in fact risen and alive, they did not know it, did not feel His presence until He appeared among them. Ours is a liturgical absence – for the people the absence of Jesus in the Eucharist, for me the priest it is the absence of the community of the people.”
I know that you are all concerned for my well-being during this time and I am so grateful for all the messages of support and offers of help that have come to me. The coronavirus has brought out the kindness that is in people but I did not need the virus to tell me that, because I already knew the great kindness of this Parish Community. Know that I am fine and am well used to solitude but if I need help, I will send out the word. Wishing you every blessing, protection and peace.
United in Love and Prayer,