So many continue to remember Our Lady of Grace with your donations during this time of pandemic. Some have mailed their donations; others have come when the church is open for prayer and put their donations through the slot on the parish office door. We rely on donations to pay our bills and maintain our operations. As Vice President Mike Pence said, “churches have made the hard choice of suspending services…churchgoing Americans should continue their donations as ministries play a vital role in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.”
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Joe Davanzo, pastor
People have expressed their sense of loss in not being able to come to Sunday Mass and receive our Lord in the Holy Communion. I too feel the loss of not gathering with you in church to celebrate Mass.
Fortunately, when we’re not able to physically receive the Eucharist, we can be spiritually united with one another by uniting ourselves spiritually to our Lord in the Eucharist. We are blessed to have daily and Sunday Mass on TV. Again, here are some links:
Another way to join with others in prayer is by praying the “Liturgy of the Hours.” The Liturgy of the Hours, along with Mass, is the official liturgy of the Church and is prayed each day throughout the world by priests, religious and laity. For those who would like to use their iPad or Android, there are 2 good apps: iBreviary and Universalis.
Otherwise, you can use your computer and go to https://www.universalis.com/USA, go to “Liturgy of the Hours” and select which time of the day you would like to pray. Morning and Evening Prayer are especially worthwhile. As you pray the Liturgy of the Hours, you do knowing that these same prayers are being prayed by millions throughout the world. It’s said that the shortest distance between two people is prayer. May we unite in prayer as we turn to our loving God and our Blessed Mother in this our hour of need.
With prayers & in Christ,
Fr. Joe Davanzo