It was only a matter of time. Today, Bishop Gregory Parkes of the Diocese of St. Petersburg followed suite with all the bishops of Florida, joining the other Catholic dioceses in suspending all Masses until further notice.
I celebrated the noon Mass today – the last public Mass in the parish until “who knows when.” My amazing Communications Director (Pam Ferron) and her team spent the afternoon making sure all the ministry leaders, faith formation programs, scheduled meetings, and more – all received texts and emails about this momentous change. Thank you.
Today there is an optional memorial: St. Cyril of Jerusalem. You can find the readings here. Along with Athanasius of Alexandria, Cyril was a great defender of the Faith. St. Cyril’s is also noted for the twenty-three lectures given to catechumens in Jerusalem being prepared for, and after, baptism. Quite appropriate for this Lenten season.
Given my middle name is Cyril. I thought it good to celebrate this memorial, especially here in Lent. And given that I suspect this will be my last public Mass before our Bishop suspends all public masses because of the Covid-19 virus – I thought it good to offer some advice about being deeply rooted in Christ and still bearing fruit, even as the world around us sequesters in place. Continue reading