As we continue to be unable to come together due to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, we offer this reflection to gather us closer around the Lord’s presence. Fr. Jan’s message, “If by normal …” brings something to focus on during this time of isolation, reflecting not only on today’s readings but on the life of Franz Jägerstätter.
We have been emailing people with information and events taking place in our parishes. Unfortunately, we only have a few email addresses in our mailing list. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add your name to future lists.
Finally, we are being asked to “guess” when we will be able to come back to our regular parish services. The answer is, “we don’t know.” More then this, the decision will not be made by us. Currently our area has been hard hit by the pandemic and many in our congregations qualify as being in the vulnerable age and health groups. The moment we can return to the celebrating together in safety we will take the necessary steps to make it happen.
It is also important for us to realize that the Mass has not been suspended. Our attendance has been suspended but Fr. Jan is still saying Mass each day in private, as required by government authorities and by Church authorities.
There is one other question we are asked constantly: “Why aren’t we live-streaming the Mass from our parishes?” The answer is: “There is insufficient Internet service in either location to do this.” St. Bridget does not have Internet at all, and on some days barely has cellular phone service. The bandwidth from Sacred Heart is far below the level required to handle even basic audio-only streaming. It must also be noted that we also don’t have access to the tech/sound/streaming equipment that would be needed in order to do a good, quality transmission. It takes between 16-20 hours each week to produce the reflections and we can accomplish it with what we have on hand. Fr. Jan and Deacon Brent felt this was the best solution. There are many, many Masses on TV or streamed from other parishes who have the production materials and bandwidth.
A reminder that our current server has only a limited bandwidth. Many find that viewing the video on our Facebook page provides for a better viewing experience.
Blessings and prayers during this time that we are apart.
“Love God. Love our Neighbours. Make Disciples.”