Parking Lot Mass
The wind blew my computer off its table at about 7:50 AM. We moved everything for Mass into the garage. There wasn't time to fix the pink screen problem. I think the camera's connection was compromised. It tested fine after Mass.
We'll be in the garage tomorrow as well because of the wind. Thursday looks good for moving the altar outside the garage.
With 31 cars present, we decided to move everyone next to each other. That means you have to keep your windows up.
I had been anticipating 50 cars for Sunday. Now, I'm wondering if we'll have 100 or more. As a result, we will try to do Sunday Mass by the canopy entrance to the church. I asked Joe Pittarelli to assemble five extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion and six parking lot ushers. Even with this extra help, the distribution of Holy Communion after Mass will likely take a half hour. We've been amazed by the patience of people at daily Mass.
13th Priestly Anniversary
On this date in 2007, Bishop Smith ordained me a priest. I used the prayers for a priest on his anniversary at Mass this morning. I never imagined celebrating Mass in a garage. God has a sense of humor. I look forward to serving the Lord Jesus as his priest for many years to come. I wonder what adventures He has in mind for me in serving His Church.
It's Tuesday and time to pray for one another's intentions. I'll get us started:
1) In thanksgiving for being called to the ministerial priesthood, may God bless me with patience during this trying time.
2) For everyone visiting Jesus in our church or attending Mass in our parking lot, may God keep them safe as He draws them closer to Him.
3) For everyone staying at home, may God fill them with his Holy Spirit.
4) For those who will serve as readers, parking lot ushers, and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, may God give them the ability to serve Him and His people well.
5) For John McVey who received the Last Rites at home today, may God bring him to his true home in Heaven.
6) For Deacon Ed who has entered another, more difficult round of medical problems, may God heal him and fill him with grace.
7) For our bishop who is navigating a variety of troubled waters, may he continue to lead us back to the full practice of our faith.
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God love you,
Fr. Jim O'Neill
on Tuesday, May 19 at 1:08PM