While the hardships and precautionary restrictions placed upon the public during the COVID-19 pandemic have been burdensome and a source of sorrow for many, especially those who feel separated from communities of faith and places of spiritual refuge, a beautiful side effect has been the creative outpouring of opportunities for people of faith to spiritually join together to confront the current situation.
On this Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, the Catholic bishops of Texas offer some words of living faith and hope to our people in this extraordinary time of anxiety and illness. While we are facing so many unknowns, we can be certain of God’s faithfulness. The Annunciation of the Lord is a feast of hope in God's goodness and power to intervene on our behalf.
In our daily prayers let us implore Jesus to pass through our cities and communities as He did in the gospel with His divine healing for victims of this new disease and protection for the courageous doctors, nurses and other volunteers who are ministering to them.
The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is recommending that each parish continue to maintain their regular Mass schedules for all those who wish to participate, though the obligation to attend Mass is being dispensed until further notice.
Yesterday, the City of Houston and Harris County issued an emergency health declaration for our local community as a result of the developing story of the new presumptively positive case of Coronavirus characterized as “community spread” in Montgomery County, Texas. In addition, the City of Houston informed the public of their decision to either reschedule or cancel all City co-sponsored and City permitted events for the remainder of the month of March as a precaution to prevent the spread of the virus.