Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Fr. Chuck's Column, April 26, 2020


I hope this finds you and your family well. I pray that you are safe. Some of you are lonely. Some are bored. Some are tense and irritable from being cooped up and the disruption of routine. Some are facing increasing economic hardship, facing the prospect of ruin. Some are angry and frustrated. Some are sick. It is a difficult time.
Our character is being tested. Some handle it better than others, but I am confident that as a community, as a parish and school, we will get through this. We have a mission to accomplish that is more important than the temporary troubles of the pandemic.
Recognizing that eventually we shall come through the other side of this, I encourage you to join us next Sun., May 3, for the online presentation of our parish and school development update. It will be given twice, once at 11 a.m. and then again at 2 p.m. We can accommodate 180 computers per presentation, please sign up as soon as possible before the slots fill. Please register for the webinar early here. There is also a link on the front page of the St. Austin website. Sign-in instructions will be emailed to you on Sat., May 2, so watch your inbox! (Please note, if you registered for the Apr 5 session that was canceled, you must register again.) I hope that many of you will do so, and will join as a family to watch our presentation.
If nothing else, it will get you to stop thinking about all the difficulties of today, and think about the problems and possibilities of tomorrow. The Development Committee has done a great deal of work over hundreds of hours. I hope you will find the presentation both enlightening and encouraging. Our parish and school have a dynamic and wonderful future ahead of us!
There is a great deal of work yet to be done. There are significant hurdles to overcome. There are important decisions to be made. There is just a lot to do! Please continue to support our development project by your prayers. And I hope to see you online next Sun., May 3.
Wishing you all Health and Safety!


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