Staying Connected as a Parish Family
Friday, March 20 | 6:00 PM
It has been about a week since we began practicing physical distancing (the preferred term for what we've been asked to do to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic). During these challenging times, we will continue adhering to the recommendations and directives of public health experts and public officials at every level of government.
Although we are practicing physical distancing, our social connections must continue for the sake of our well being.
As a parish family, here are three points to consider as we seek to stay connected.
1. Remain in touch with your friends and contacts in the parish community.
Parishioners have been exchanging emails, phone calls and text messages to check in with one another. This is wonderful! These vital connections will continue sustaining us as we endure this crisis together. Be especially mindful of the healthcare workers in our parish community. Messages of encouragement to them mean a lot.
2. Consider becoming a tele-buddy
We are asking parishioners to consider being available to connect with individuals who need some extra attention. Tele-buddies will make a phone call to check in with a designated person 2-3 times a week. Tele-buddies will be matched as needs manifest. To sign up, CLICK HERE.
We understand that you may not have the contact information for all the parishioners you know. If you would like to reach out to a parishioner and you do not have their contact information, simply call the parish office (404.349.9263 - leave a message) or send an email to the parish office manager, Dara Lee, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dara will contact the individual with whom you are seeking to connect to request permission from them to pass on their contact information.
On behalf of Deacon Toca and the parish staff, be assured of our mindfulness of all of you. We will be providing more information in the coming days.
Before signing off, let me share the first two verses from Psalm 91 that remind us that our emotional, mental and spiritual shelter is in the Lord:
You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shade of the Almighty,
say to the Lord, "My refuge and fortress,
my God in whom I trust." (Psalm 91:1-2)
When we entrust ourselves to God's power; when we surrender our need to be in control; when we give ourselves the necessary space to rest, rejuvenate and clear our thoughts -- it is precisely there that we experience the shelter of the Most High...come what may.
In the Lord,
Father Desmond Drummer