Letter from our Pastor
Dear Cowboy Catholics, Parishioners, Ministry Partners and Friends,
During the most difficult times in human history, the Catholic Church has always been present, offering the mercy and love of Jesus Christ, and offering a powerful spiritual remedy against famine, war, storm, and pestilence. These are days when we can see great miracles, and the strong hand of the Lord at work in our midst (Read Romans 8:28 right now!). As we pray together through these difficult days, I want to keep you updated on the ongoing ministry of Our Lady of Good Counsel and Cowboy Catholics. As of now, here’s what we can report:
- Although public Mass is suspended for now, a private daily Mass will be offered for and with all of our community. I encourage everyone to use a daily morning offering to unite themselves with this private Mass and to make a daily act of spiritual communion. (Read more here).You may also continue to request Mass intentions for your loved ones, as Msgr. Sedita and I will continue to offer the normal parish Mass intentions.
- The Church, Parish Offices, and Student Center will remain open during our normal hours of operation. If anyone needs to connect with a staff member, or me, feel free to contact us. You may also use the Church for personal prayer, provided you use your prudential judgment and maintain healthy distances. In case of emergencies requiring a priest, please contact me immediately and I will arrange a visit as soon as I am able.
- Confession will be available on Thursday evenings from 6:00pm-8:00pm as well as by appointment. All of us should take advantage of this Sacrament regularly, especially during Lent. Many complex problems can be solved with a very simple solution – reconciliation with God.
- Our Reach More small groups and student leaders will continue to be formed digitally. While nothing can replace direct personal contact, we think it is important for us to continue living mission. We might see this time as challenging us to stay faithful to our spiritual lives and to resist the temptation to complacency and spiritual sloth.
Please note also – as our Church office and employees continue to come in, you may want to consider making an offertory gift online. This will greatly help offset the shortfall that results from not having weekend Mass.
Lastly, I am reminded of the scene in Mark’s Gospel where Jesus is asleep in the boat while a mighty storm rages (Mk 4:35-41). Let us meditate on this scene, remembering that Jesus is Lord, even of the storm, and that when we rouse Him, He will surely bring great calm.
With prayers for all of you and your families, I remain,
Fr. Nathan Long