A Message from Father Val—
Peace in the Lord to all of you!
This important message is for all of you, but especially for those who are not yet vaccinated.
In August, Pope Francis taught clearly about the importance of getting vaccinated. Listen to him: “Getting vaccinated is a simple yet profound way to care for one another, especially the most vulnerable.” Getting the COVID jabs is, as Pope Francis put it, “an act of love…for oneself, love for our families and friends, and love for all peoples.”
I hope all of us are vaccinated. I am fully vaccinated, and am very grateful for that. However, it’s a disturbing fact: More than 96% of people in Memphis-area hospitals suffering with COVIDare unvaccinated. That’s a scary warning. For that reason, I say this: If you are not yet vaccinated, please do so as soon as possible, heeding Pope Francis’ counsel. Until you are vaccinated (or, until health officials say the pandemic is no longer a health threat), do not come to Sunday Mass at St. Patrick’s. As your pastor, I’m hopefully saying this lovingly, as Pope Francis did. You may participate in Mass by following the “streamed” Mass each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. If you are not vaccinated—even if you are wearing a mask–you may be a very serious health danger to others, especially our smaller children who cannot yet be vaccinated and who worship with us.
Father Val Handwerker 9/2/21
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