Letter From Fr. Marco
May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ reign in your hearts and in your homes. I am sending you this humble letter to greet you and ask that we continue to deepen our relationship with God and with our families. May we take advantage of this time to grow in our relationship with our Lord. At the same time ask you to pray and fast so that we can get through this challenging time. So that soon the Lord will gather us at the step of the Holy Cross in the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass. By his great mercy the Lord has blessed me with the gift of the priesthood and every time I celebrate Holy Mass I have the conviction that you are there with me at the Altar of God. As I raise the paten with the host at the time of the offertory, each one of us is there offering to God the sacrifice of His Son and our sacrifices united with His. The intention of the Mass is offered for all of you, for your families, the sick and for all who are working for the infected. I know that most of you cannot reach Him in the Blessed Sacrament; but He can reach you. If you have a strong desire to receive Him; He has a deeper desire to receive you into His Heart.
One of these days I was in the parking lot and a member of the Church was walking and he told me: Father many times I have passed by the front of the Church and when the doors were open I would not enter; now the doors are closed and I wish to visit my Lord. True, how many times have we received communion and do not pay attention to the One we are receiving, or we leave quickly as soon as the Mass ends as if we had already fulfilled an obligation. How wonderful that would be if we came out of this quarantine strengthened in our faith, valuing our liturgical prayer and having a greater relationship with the Holy Trinity who dwells within our souls.
In the Gospel for this coming Sunday Our Lord tells us: “Do not lose peace. If you believe in God, have faith also in me. In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be. How great is our Lord who trusts his Father and invites us to believe in him, who is united to the Father. He wants us there with Him. Let's not lose Peace. Our peace comes from believing, trusting God. Nothing separates us from Him except ourselves.
Pope John Paul II called the family “Domestic Church”. What a profound concept. It is in the family where one learns to pray, to ask for forgiveness, to share and to seek mutual good. Take care of your family, pray as a family, support each other and know that there is no distance for love.
Lastly, I want to tell you that we are waiting for the guidelines to follow regarding opening the Church and being able to continue with our sacramental life. I think the best way to reach you is through our parish's website: www.olghammel.org. As soon as I know some dates and rules to open, I will let you know through this site.
Finally, I can only ask you to have me and the whole parish in your prayers. The priest always needs the prayers of the People of God so that together we go to meet the Lord. The Lord who is already among us. May the Blessed Virgin, our Mother, protect you with her mother's mantle and be in all of your homes.
Rev. Marco Solis
Please do not forget about your parish; you can continue to send your weekly donations by post or you can come drop it through the mail slot of our rectory door.
HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOURSELF?
Stay home when sick.