Updates from the Pastor

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An Easter Message from Fr. Jim

Dear parishioners and friends of Gesu,

As you well know, due to the current pandemic and the Governor's stay-at-home directives, the Archbishop has suspended all public masses and other large gatherings throughout the Archdiocese. The public celebration of the sacramental life of the Church is central to any parish's identity and purpose. Losing that opportunity to publicly worship threatens the life of the parish in no small way.

But we, as Christians and Catholics, are a people of hope. We have placed our hope in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ who has passed through the clutches of death. As St. Paul reminds us in his Letter to the Romans, "nothing can separate us from the love of Christ." We celebrate that hope and love as we now begin the liturgical season of Easter.

Based upon that hope and love, the staff at Gesu continues to minister to you. Due to the pandemic, we have become a "virtual" Church and parish. We must rise to that challenge. If you visit our Gesu website, you will find a link called "New On-Line Offerings." If you click that link, it will take you to some of those new offerings, e.g. recorded daily homilies, as well as the usual Sunday ones, and recorded videos of several Masses during Holy Week at Easter and beyond. The staff of Gesu will continue to add further offerings as we deem appropriate.

We rely upon your support as we continue to minister in these challenging times. There is no doubt that every parish will suffer the loss of regular revenue in the weeks and months ahead. So, any way that you can continue to support us will greatly assist our parish. We have done our due diligence in eliminating any non-vital expenditures, and we thank you in advance of your ongoing contributions.

But most importantly, please know of our prayers for you in the weeks and months ahead. Each day I say a "private" Mass at the main altar of the Upper Church at Gesu, and after praying for the intention of the Mass, I always pray for the well-being and health of each of you and that you might grow deeper in your faith, despite the unprecedented times in which we live.

This time of physical separation from our worship and gatherings will change us, no doubt. But I believe that it will change us for the better if we rise with Jesus beyond the tomb and toward the new possibilities of life that await us!

If there is any way that Gesu can serve your needs, please contact me or any other member of the Gesu staff. Be well and stay healthy!

Happy Easter!

Fr. Jim Flaherty, SJ
Pastor

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Dear Parishioners and Friends of Gesu,
Following the recent directive of Archbishop Listecki, Gesu will cancel all public Masses-weekday and weekend-beginning Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, April 3. The Archbishop will reassess that directive before the April date with additional communication at that time. Please check back here to the parish website for additional detail from the Archbishop and updates relative to Gesu. The Gesu Parish staff will continue to serve the parish, working both in the office and remotely. We will be available if you have any needs. Also in light of this, some parishioners have expressed concern regarding intentions for future 7am and 12:05pm daily Masses at Gesu. Please know that Fr. Matt and I are each saying a daily private Mass with those scheduled intentions in mind.
We continue to pray for the safety and well-being of people throughout the world.
May our gracious God bless us with faith, wisdom, courage and hope to find an end to thecurrent COVID-19 pandemic.
Saints of God, pray for us!

In light of the recent cancellation of all public Masses by Archbishop Listecki, some parishioners have expressed concern regarding intentions for future 7am and 12:05pm daily Masses at Gesu. Please know that Fr. Matt and I are each saying a daily private Mass with those scheduled intentions in mind.

Fr. Jim

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