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As you know, frontliners no longer refer solely to the health care workers, although the level of risk is greater and higher. This word has encompassed a wide range of areas and now, used to mean everyone sacrificing his/her life for others, that's heroism to the superlative degree. Hearing the story of the martyrdom of St. Stephen cannot be more timely and appropriate at this time. For that, we’re extremely grateful. I'm certain that this tragedy will take us to a deeper level of humanity. I don't mean wearing masks, observing proper hygiene and the likes which are definitely helpful. My personal sense is that as a whole, attitude wil change. We will be more sympathetic towards the needs of others. We will continue to be in solidarity especially to those who have been terribly affected and show empathy with the suffering. These are time-honored Christian values. For example, if I offer help or if I do something for you, you're not wasting my time and energy, it's a pleasure and delight to do so. We know too well the distraction and damage it has caused and no one remains unaffected. It impacts everyone. I sense, there will be less criticism in our dealings with one another. We'll be more gentle. We'll be more grateful for what we have and that is, life, relationships and faith. We will focus on what is essential. We'll be more loving, forgiving and understanding towards our neighbor. We will be supportive and extremely sensitive of the plight of the poor and the vulnerable among us.  

If you or someone you know (family member, relative, neighbor especially the elderly/vulnerable adult) need help with food and/or shopping for groceries, please let us know. Out of love and care for our brothers and sisters, if you or someone you know, are willing to run errands for someone in the community, please let us know. 

May the gracious Lord continue to keep us all safe from harm, protect us under Mary’s maternal tender care and shower us with the blessings of gratitude, joy, peace and love! 

Join me once again in praying for the eternal repose of the souls of the more than 200,000 people who have died of coronavirus and our very own parishioners who recently passed away and offer condolences, sympathy and consolation to the grieving families, relatives and friends. Rest assured, they are included in the prayers of the community.


Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.