March 31, 2020 4:58 pm

Fr. Michael Steltenkamp’s Pastor’s Pen:
Sacrament of reconciliation
Until the “social distancing” period has passed, Pope Francis offered the following. According to the Catholic News Service, the Pope said that “People who cannot get to confession because of the coronavirus lockdown or another serious reason can go to God directly, be specific about their sins, request pardon and experience God’s loving forgiveness. This is the right time, the opportune moment. An act of contrition done well, and our souls will become white like the snow.” He made this announcement on March 20 during his live-streamed morning Mass. When regular order is restored, the sacrament of reconciliation can again be scheduled.
Spiritual reflections during this period.
I will post material here when something notable comes to my attention.
There are numerous resources flooding the airwaves–some of which I’ll place on our parish web page.
I noticed an Internet site offering actor Patrick Stewart (Captain PIcard in Star Trek Next Generation) reading sonnets. Someone apparently thought home-bound souls might find this entertaining or thoughtful or uplifting. However, when I consulted the site, I did not think it would cast appeal When I find material that I think might be a spiritual shot in the arm, it will appear on the parish web page. Such as what follows:
Readings for the daily mass can be found at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website. It also offers a homily drawn from each day’s reading.
Another daily reflection can be found at Franciscan Father Richard Rohr’s website:
The Society of Jesus (Jesuits) has a number of sites–one being:
EWTN is a cable television network (and on Sirius radio 130) that broadcasts year-round.
The Catholic Channel can be found on Sirius radio 127.
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