A Holy Week Blessing
The coronavirus pandemic has changed our way of life in so many ways. While we have had to discontinue communal gatherings in our Home, we are striving to maintain a joyful spiritual atmosphere, especially during Holy Week.
Palm Sunday was a gorgeous sunny day. Fr. Tim Fairman, from our local St. Theresa Parish along with Associate Pastor, Fr. Matt Jamesson and Seminarian Rob Ryan planned a Eucharistic Procession in a two-mile radius encircling the Church. Fr. Tim called and asked if they could process to our building. What a wonderful blessing – we joyfully agreed!!!
Along with many other Parishes, St. Theresa streams Mass online. After Palm Sunday’s Mass, Fr. Tim announced that the procession would take place in a few minutes. He asked that families along the route open their doors and mentioned that they would stop at our Home.
A holy sight soon materialized. Cars started to arrive and parked near the very front of our parking lot. Many people brought crosses with last year’s palms to reverence Our Lord. Mother Maria Christine stood in the front yard ringing a bell announcing the arrival of Our Lord. As the Eucharistic procession advanced down the sidewalk along Northwest Highway toward our Home, people walking along knelt in adoration.
Residents and Little Sisters who were able to go outside gathered in front of our building – socially distanced, to welcome Our Lord. As the procession turned into our driveway, many stepped out of their cars to kneel in adoration. Fr. Tim stopped to bless them.
The Eucharistic Procession then proceeded toward our building. Residents who were unable to go outside looked out of their windows. Fr. Tim blessed the Residents and Little Sisters and the building. Heads were bowed in reverence and prayer and the Spirit of the Lord was upon us!
Holy Week and Easter will be quite different for us this year, but with the spirit of the Lord remains strong in our hearts and in our souls. And, He blesses us everyday with signs of His Love.