Pastor’s Message

Message from Fr. Mike

October 24, 2021

 

FRONTLINE WORKERS—THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

 

St. Ambrose said; “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.”

 

Meet Dr. Brad Cotton, 66, a doctor at Immediate Health Associate in the Columbus, Ohio, who enjoyed working on the frontlines as an emergency room doctor. Yet in March 2020, as the Corona Virus pandemic burst through the doors at hospitals across the world, Cotton left that more dangerous work behind.

 

What would you do if your job suddenly became much more dangerous? That’s the situation millions of healthcare workers who provide medical care to patients, including nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists, EMTs, and many others found themselves. They have a markedly higher risk of becoming infected with the Corona Virus that causes COVID-19, especially if they are exposed to a high volume of sick patients (such as in the Emergency Room) or respiratory secretions (such as intensive care unit healthcare providers). The consequences could be fatal. Meet Dr, Sanjeey Sharma, 66, a consultant obstetrician at Formby who is legally blind after suffering a stroke when he was being treated for Covid-19.This is sometimes the fate of our frontline workers.

 

Outside of work, people who have healthcare jobs have the same pandemic-related stressors as everyone else. On top of these worries, come added challenges, including; worry that they may carry the COVID-19 coronavirus home and infect loved one, and unusually high and increasing demands to work longer hours as their colleagues become sick or are quarantined. When ICU beds, ventilators, or staffing prove inadequate to meet demand, some healthcare workers will have to make enormously distressing and difficult ethical decisions about which patients get lifesaving care and which do not.

 

Meet Dr. Timmy Cheng, an Irvine pulmonary and critical care specialist who treated several COVID-19 patients. He moved into his family’s garage, camping out in a tent to protect his family from the novel coronavirus. Our healthcare workers responded exceedingly well to this pandemic. They showed up. They put in long hours. There are remarkable stories of the lengths to which they will go in order to protect themselves and their families: doctors staying in the garage, hotels, or rental apartments rather than returning home to risk unwittingly infecting a family member; healthcare workers avoiding their small children when they come home until they can change out of their work clothes. There was a nurse who had given birth and decided to self-quarantine out of concern she might infect her newborn; she pumped breast milk and left it outside her door for her husband to feed to their baby.

 

These acts of bravery, commitment, and yes, heroism of our frontline responders throughout this crisis are the reason we are having these Masses of Thanksgiving for them. We are entering the Thanksgiving season and we want to be the first in line. The Masses of gratitude for our frontline workers are on the weekend of October 30th and 31st. We will bless them at all of the Masses on that weekend. In addition, we will have a special Pancake breakfast at 8 am and 10 am in Msgr. Crean Hall on Sunday, October 31st.

 

All are welcomed, Catholics and non-Catholics,

Fr. Mike Ume

 


WE ARE STILL REOPENING
PARISH OFFICE
The office is now open for face-to-face meetings. Please follow the Public Health advice on mask wearing. We ask that you wear your face Mask when you enter the office. You are welcome. The Parish office is open from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4pm Monday to Thursday.
OPEN ON SUNDAYS
Since you are here on Sunday for Mass, why not use that opportunity to go to the office and carryout some business that you are not able to do on weekdays, like requesting for Mass? The parish office is open on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 12 pm.
NEW INDOOR POLICY CONCERNING FACE MASKS
The City of Pasadena, the County of Los Angeles and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles have issued an order for us to wear face mask while inside the church. This means, beginning this Sunday everyone is asked to wear a face mask while inside the church.
This does not apply to mass in the school parking lot. For those attending the 5pm Sunday Mass, the vaccinated do not need to wear mask, however, those unvaccinated do.
5:00PM MASS ON SUNDAY
Two weeks ago, due to summer heat, I announced that we will move the Sunday 5pm Mass that is celebrated in the school parking lot into the church on the first Sunday of August. After recent developments of the Covid-19 pandemic, I have reconsidered and decided to leave it as it is, in the school parking Lot so that those who are vaccinated can attend mass without mask.
We have Mass schedule for everyone.

Fr. Mike’s Trip Home Journal:

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