My dear beloved parishioners,
Amidst these unprecedented times and uncertainties, on behalf my entire staff and brother priests/ deacons at Our Lady of Refuge and Holy Innocents Churches, I wish every one of you Happy Thanksgiving. COVID-19 has changed how we usually gather as a nation to celebrate this wonderful celebration each year due to some necessary restrictions to prevent the virus’s spread.
Despite this, we hope that you and your family can reflect and find something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving week, no matter where or how we celebrate it this year.
This occasion must be for all of us a time to reflect upon what is essential in life and focus on the true meaning of this day: Gratitude. We are called to be grateful and appreciated for the most precious gift that God has given us- the gift of life. God has given us the grace and courage to endure these challenges and look beyond this long-suffering to keep the faith. Only a few people can do that.
For this and many countless blessings, we are so grateful to God today for who you are for the parishes. Your vision, dedication, commitments, and sacrifices, times, and talents to maintain our parishes as a beacon of faith for others are much appreciated. As St Theresa of Lisieux mentioned: “What most attracts God’s grace is gratitude, because if we thank him for a gift, he is touched and hastens to give us ten more, and if we thank him again with the same enthusiasm, what an incalculable multiplication of graces!”…(The Way of Trust And Love, p. 111)
We are also thankful for all the frontline workers, medical staff, men and women in uniforms, salesmen, and women who dedicated their lives to our services during these trials. A special thanks to NET-TV and DeSalles Media, who assisted us in live-streaming daily and Sunday masses. Thank you all for your sacrifices, support, and prayers throughout this endeavor. Your service and generosity give us all much to be grateful for.
Let’s prepare ourselves to enter into the holy season of Advent which is a time of hope, prayer and preparation of Jesus’s second coming. Let’s also pray that the scientists will find the final cure to end or combat this virus to become normal again.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Rigaud Lucon, MA, M.Div., M.S.Ed, CMCH
The administrator of the Churches of Our Lady of Refuge and Holy Innocents