From Our Pastor’s Desk 5/5/20

Good People of Holy Cross,

   There are so many things that are not good right now ~ but God is good! There are so many untrue things being said right now ~ but God’s Word is still true! There is so much darkness right now ~ but God is still Light and in Him there is no darkness! So let’s look to and trust the One who is good, who is light, and whose truth still stands.
 
     Where was last week’s letter? A question asked by many which delighted me that folks read my words, I did write one and it got lost in internet space. Thank you for your contributions and for signing up for electronic giving, you are a generous people, and not having to worry about this is a true blessing. As the virus continues to cause havoc, we are so mindful of your health, stress, and anxiety, and wishing for this all to pass. Parents who had to make a gut-wrenching choice about school, whether in person or virtual, have all been in the friar’s prayers. Speaking of which, we shared that all 5 friars in Columbus GA contracted the virus, as of today, Fr. Noel, who was hospitalized and on a ventilator was removed from the machine and is making steady progress. I know God has heard our prayers on his behalf, thank you.
 
     A wonderful and enjoyable vacation virtual Bible school was directed by Br. Antonio and presented by our Faith Formation team.
 
   A giant virtual hug and a huge “thank you” for responding to my ask for the Perez family. Our GoFundMe page went over 5K. Rogelio, Osiel and Luis came into my office with tears in their eyes, filled with gratefulness. Even with a mask and distancing, Luis (11 years old) insisted that we hug, and it is a hug I shall not soon forget. Losing a wife and Mom is difficult and your generosity has helped them through this challenging time. I thank you from the bottom of my heart, for your generosity and the hug shared above is from the Perez family.
 
Another sadness this week in our Burmese community, +Veronica, the child of Cecilia and Peter was born prematurely and went home to God shortly after. Fr. Tom will have her burial this Friday. Keep this little family in your good prayers.
 
   There was a man who entered a local paper’s pun contest. He sent in ten different puns, in the hope that at least one would win. Unfortunately, no pun in ten did ~ and did you hear because of Covid for the first time since 1945 the National Spelling Bee is cansil…..cancul….cansel…..it’s been called off!
                           Blessings galore,
                                            Fr. Jude Michael