||April 9, 2020
Dear Parishioners, Friends and Benefactors of our Parish Family of Saint Francis de Sales,
This year we will not hear our Parish Choir sing the powerful Easter Hymn "Jesus Christ is Risen today. Alleluia". We will not hear the Gospel account of the first Easter when the Angel proclaimed to Mary "Do not be afraid. He is Risen. He is not here".
Like the Apostles who were frightened in the "upper room" where they "sheltered in" after the crucifixion, we too are afraid.. "He is risen...yes...He is truly risen" is the basic teaching of our Faith.
Every day...and especially...during these sacred days of Holy Week and Easter, always know that you and all those you love are with me in prayer. May all of us also pray for the first responders...
firefighters...police officers...and...emergency medical personnel...in particular our Boston Firefighters...Boston Police Officers...and...Boston Emergency E M T'S...Nurses and Doctors...hospital workers...grocery store and pharmacy employees...truck drivers and bus drivers...they and many others who must work every day during this crisis...must be with all of us in our prayers.
Every one of us long for the day when once again we will gather in Saint Francis de Sales Church...affectionately known as "the Firefighter's Church"...to participate in the Eucharist...receive the
Body of Christ in Communion and pray as a Parish Family. In the meantime may all of us take confidence and courage in the Risen Christ.
Blessings to you all...stay safe...and stay protected.
Fr. Dan...your Pastor...brother...and friend
PRAYER AT THE TIME OF A PANDEMIC
Lord Jesus, Who promised to remain with us always,
When information overwhelms us and fear overtakes us,
speak to us again those comforting words,
"Peace be with you".
Though we cannot be physically close to others,
give us the ability and courage
to love as well as we can,
since "perfect love casts out all fear".
Direct your caring gaze on doctors and nurses,
researchers and safety personnel;
Come to strengthen the sick, the vulnerable,
and comfort those who are grief stricken.
And when the pandemic has passed,
and this frightening crisis is resolved,
teach us to know You more certainly
as our dearest Friend and our only Hope.
You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
One God, forever and ever. Amen.
(offer one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Glory be...)
Our Lady Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for us.