18 March 2020
Dear Parishioners of St. Mary's - Cathedral Road,
I am hopeful that many of you were able to "join me" for Morning Prayer last Sunday. We will do that again, and again use YouTube. I did received several nice comments; thank you. Also, I'll make sure to not "cut off" the top of my head in the filming. There have also been requests to include our doggies in the service - we'll see about that, but I know that Teddy was wanting to come out and see what was going on during the Service.
I hope you all are doing well, and if you are able to stay at home, that you are finding things to read, to watch, and to do in your homes. My family is doing ok, but the at home schoolwork has not started in earnest for our kids, so we'll see how that goes.
Below is the text of the daily email that our Bishop is sending out, and also posting on his blog. If you would like to receive the email, reach out to the diocese. You can also read his blog at http://ashepherdinthefield.blogspot.com/. I also wanted to let you know that I have put some additional resources which are online onto our church's website/blog, which you can find at https://stmaryscathedralroad.blogspot.com/ . I am posting a quote, or an image, or some thought there each day. In addition, I have my own blog, which I have been posting at for many years now, and which you can access at http://santospopsicles.blogspot.com/ .
After speaking with a few of you today, I realized that many of you may not have a copy of the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer at home. In usual times, I would just encourage you to go to church and borrow one from the Parish Hall (feel free to take one, if you are nearby the church!). Also, I looked on Amazon.com and noticed that a personal copy of the Book of Common Prayer is now selling for only $11. I've listed the link below. I would recommend getting one in this time of uncertainty. The wealth of our Book of Common Prayer is deep and rich. If it is difficult for you to order one for whatever reason, please let me know, and I will order one for you and pay for it with the Rector's Discretionary Fund.
Know that you are in my daily prayers, and make sure to reach out to one another in this time. I am hoping to contact each of you individually over the next week or two to see how you are doing, and if there is anything that we can do to help, knowing, of course there are some limitations in this strange time.
Blessings to all of you, and, for me the words of Jesus at the end of the Gospel of Matthew are particularly helpful and healing in this time.
"I am with you always."
In Christ's Love,
The Rev. Peter M. Carey, Rector
St. Mary's Episcopal Church - Cathedral road