Message and video from Fr. Patrick – plus adoration and help from Knights

March 19, 2020 parish update – COVID-19 Coronavirus

Dear Friends,

I miss you already! I continue to carry you in my heart and my prayers daily, and to place your concerns on the altar at my private Masses.

At the request of a number of parishioners, I am starting to record videos regularly and post them. Here is the first video to view.

Also at the request of parishioners, I hope to begin live streaming a daily homily for your reflection and prayer. Please stay tuned for information regarding these daily homilies. This will not be the same as being together, but it gives me the opportunity to continue to feed you with the message of our faith and you the opportunity to stay connected to St. Francis Borgia.

Finally, today we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Just as St. Joseph protected Mary and Jesus, so he continually protects us with his mighty prayers. I invite you to join me in praying this beautiful prayer to St. Joseph today:

O St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interest and desires.

O St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.

O St. Joseph, I never weary of contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him close in my name and kiss His fine head for me and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, patron of departing souls, pray for me. Amen.

In Christ,

~ Fr. Patrick Burns, St. Francis Borgia Parish

Eucharistic Adoration and 10-person gathering limit:

We are fortunate to continue to have opportunities like Eucharistic Adoration during this world-wide crisis and we want as many to participate as are able. But please bear in mind that we must keep below the 10 person gathering limit currently adopted by our federal government. If you arrive for adoration and there are already 10 people in the church, we ask that you please wait outside until someone leaves.

If you are among the vulnerable populations, the situation is critical. Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Find more information HERE about high risk factors. People who are at higher risk are encouraged to avoid contact with others as much as possible.

Knights offer help with errands

And please remember that our Knights of Columbus are offering to run errands for those who should remain at home. Call the parish office if you’d like to get in touch with them for assistance. (262-377-1070)