Let nothing disturb you,

nothing frighten you,

All things are passing.

God never changes.

Patience obtains all things.

Whoever has God lacks nothing.

God is enough.

-St. Theresa of Avila

 

Dear St. Rose Parish, School and Friends,

COVID-19 pandemic.  School closures.  Snow?  Beware the ides of March indeed.  We are living in unprecedented times, and everyone is doing their best to navigate what is best to do.  My primary role here is to care for your souls through making the Sacraments available; to walk with you on the way to heaven.  Just like the Good Samaritan, we begin to care for the soul by attending to the immediate needs of the body.  

Attached you will find a source of current information St. Rose is using to base its decisions relative to coronavirus and our parish activities, as well as some useful resources you might find helpful.
Information and Directives 

Quick Reference 

Resources 

Sample guide of a prayer service you could do at home


“Abide in Me”  John 15:4

There will be Mass, confessions, and Stations of the Cross as scheduled at St. Rose for those who desire.  Snow is melting but the parking lot may be slick.  Please make safe decisions for yourself and your family.  If you cannot or choose not to come to Mass, abide in Jesus.  Many of us know we have been too busy to do the most important things like pray and spend quality time with our family members.  Perhaps God has given a gift in this time when most everything is cancelled.

In the absence of attending Mass, I do encourage you to watch it on television or live stream via the Internet.  

Be good Samaritans to the people around you.  Call people and check in.  Share what you have (food, toiletries, etc) with those who are in need.  Tell people if you aren’t feeling well.  Reach out for help if economic or other factors are heavier than you can carry alone.  This is where community is so important and where we need to lean on one another.  Do what you can to bless others and strengthen them in faith.  "Just as in times of consolation it is the Good Spirit who guides and counsels us more, so in times of desolation it is the bad spirit, with whose counsels we cannot take a course to decide rightly". -St. Ignatius

For all those infected with corona virus, St. Rocco, pray for us.

For all the health care and public safety professionals who are working so diligently for us, St. Damian of Molokai and St. Marianne Cope, pray for us.

For our leaders who must make difficult decisions, St. Mother Teresa, pray for us.

For courageous faith and sacrificial service during this pandemic, St. Frances of Rome, pray for us.

For a cure, lessening of the effects, and restoration of health and peace all over the world, Lord have mercy on us.  Christ have mercy on us.  Lord have mercy on us.

 

Jesus, we trust in You!

 

Finally, an encouraging quote from St. Francis de Sales, a great spiritual guide:

Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; the same understanding Father who cares for you today will take care of you then and every day. He will either shield you from suffering or will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.


With prayers and loving affection,

Fr. matt libra

 

 

St. Rose Guide Regarding Coronavirus

            14 March 2020

 

Information and Directives

Governor Kate Brown has issued directives limiting events to below 250 and other measures aimed at public health that everyone should follow. 

 

Archbishop Sample has issued a dispensation from Sunday Mass obligations through 8 April to keep the Sacraments available to people while at the same time empowering each person to act freely and conscientiously according to your own particular circumstances.

 

Portland Public Schools are closed through 31 March and the Department of Catholic Schools has followed their lead.

 

At St. Rose, we are working with them to promote the best practices of social distancing to help curb the spread of corona virus and work to keep everyone healthy.  With all this information and after talking directly with an expert in infectious diseases, I believe it remains prudent and health safe to keep the Sacraments available to those who desire.  At Mass, we are under 250 persons, following all the directives and recommendations, we are all facing forward and not in a socially interactive gathering, have the ability to spread out, and are sanitizing church surfaces, as well as it is only once a week.  If you are sick, have a cough or fever, or are in a condition of compromised health please stay home and be at peace.  For the time being we will continue to have Masses as usual, please use your own good judgment on how to care for yourself and others.  You are totally free and have my full support in whatever you choose.

 

 

Quick Reference

 

Resources

·      If you are in need of WiFi, you may consider signing up for Comcast Internet Essentials.  Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Comcast Internet Essentials will provide two free months of Internet service to anyone who signs up: https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19

·      Magnificat.  During this difficult time, many of the faithful may be unable to attend Mass. To help them sanctify their day and to keep walking in the liturgical rhythm of the Church, we are honored to make our online version of MAGNIFICAT temporarily available to everyone for free.  Please help us spread this message and share this email and linkwww.magnificat.com/free with as many people as you can. Free temporary access is also available in Spanish:
www.magnificat.com/gratis.

·      Dynamic Catholic.  Lots of resources for First Communion or Confirmation prep.

·      FORMED.  Great resources for daily reflections or faith enrichment.

·      Best  info on Corona Virus.  https://coronavirus.jhu.edu.

 

Sample Prayer service you could do at home

-Attend Mass virtually or read the readings together as a family (Magnificat is a great guide to follow with prayers and everything included)

-Listen to the St. Rose homily so we all stay connected with the voice of the Good Spirit and identify the voice of the evil spirit.

-Share reflections together.

-Intercessions.  This way we remember our brothers and sisters across the whole world.

-Our Father

-Pray from our hearts a prayer of spiritual communion:

 

My Jesus,

I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

 

-Close in prayer and song.