We have all spent over a year watching news reports about a virus and its effects on the economy, on family gatherings, on our ability to safely celebrate our sacraments together, on our daily routines, on the rising death toll, and so many more disruptions to our lives. As the one-year mark passes, we look towards May and the celebration of St. Joseph the Worker with much hope for a brighter second half of 2021. Our prayers will, of course, continue to focus on the solution to all the problems the virus has created. We pray for those we lost during the pandemic months and for our friends and families to safely get to the other end of this long tunnel we have been crawling through.
Our Sisters have been so fortunate during this incredibly difficult time, we have weather the storm together. With each other in prayer and community, we have made sure we followed precautions and guidelines to the best of our ability in the convents. Gratefully, our Sisters are all safe and healthy—and vaccinated! Our loving neighbors and friends have taken such care of us. From the cards and letters to keep us involved in their lives, from the delivered meals and holiday sweets and treats, from the flowers to brighten our chapels and homes… Perhaps we are most grateful to our healthcare providers, especially to our home health aides- for being at our Sisters’ sides every day, despite the risks! We have never felt more appreciated and included in your thoughts, prayers, and lives.
Although our normal spring letter shares a request for donations to assist us in bringing to fruition a physical need of the Sisters, this year we are throwing out the norm- as we have for some many days during this pandemic. This year, we ask you to join us in prayer and reflection. From May 1st to 9th we will pray to St. Joseph the Worker to intercede on our behalf. Together we have weathered this storm, together we will pray that it passes–that we are all fortunate to have made it to today. Together we can celebrate mass, whether from pews, from home, from cars in parking lots, from memories of better times and despite the change- our faith has kept us strong and will continue to keep us prepared for whatever tomorrow brings.
Thank you, dear friend, for all you have done today and every day leading to today. May we continue to be part of your future. May we continue to pray together. May we continue to spread the love and happiness our faith brings us in the most difficult times as well as the most fruitful and joyful!
Gratefully yours in prayer,
Sister M. William McGovern, F.D.C.
P.S. Please consider making a gift of $100 to our Sisters which will be put to immediate use providing care, whether for health care or daily provisions, to the Sisters in all our convents.