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Dear Parishioners:
Today we, as a Church, celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph and look to St. Joseph as the Patron Saint of the Universal Church and Families. We recall how St. Joseph took Mary as his wife despite not being the father of the child she was carrying. We remember how he took Jesus and Mary and fled to Egypt to protect Jesus from Herod. It is evident how the safety and security of his family were priorities for him. May we especially at this time be strengthened in knowing that Joseph continues, from his place in heaven, to watch over and protect us through his prayerful intercession.
As I have done previously, I bring to your attention information that will hopefully help us, as people of faith, to face our current situation together.
1.    We will continue to keep the Cathedral open as from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm for private prayer. Starting tomorrow, Friday, and continuing on Friday, we will also have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 12 noon to 3 PM. We will be keeping a watchful eye out to ensure that the number of people in the cathedral at any given time does not present a safety concern. I also ask you to please remember the recommendation of our health professionals that we maintain a certain physical distance from one another.
2.    We are very fortunate that the Mass from the Cathedral has been and continues to be transmitted through the Catholic Faith Network (CFN). (Please see below for information about the Mass schedule and access.) Over these days, people have expressed to me their sadness at not being able to receive Communion. My heart, too is saddened by not being able to give Communion at this time at Mass. However, please also know that part of our Catholic tradition, for those who are unable to receive the physical Body of Christ, is to unite oneself at Mass spiritually to Christ.
By a rescript of November 24, 1922 The Sacred Congregation of Indulgences approved the following formula for a spiritual communion and can be used as a prayer:
“O Jesus
I turn toward the holy tabernacle where You live hidden for love of me. 
I love you, O my God. I cannot receive you in Holy Communion. 
Come nevertheless and visit me with Your grace. 
Come spiritually into my heart.
 Purify it. Sanctify it. Render it like Your own. Amen”
Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.
Click HERE to learn more about Spiritual Communion
3.    I bring to your attention several resources that can be assist us in or prayer and spiritual growth. 

a.    Described as the “Catholic Netflix,” FORMED is a media platform we as a Parish are providing for our parishioners. that has movies for adults and children, talks and presentations.  If you have not already signed up, simply go to the following link https://formed.org/signup?currentStep=profile. FORMED is also available through a smart tv app so you are free to watch
it on your regular television. 
b.   Two other Catholic resources that provide the daily Mass readings, meditations and prayers are: Magnificat and
Give Us This Day.  During this challenging time, both resources are being made free of
charge. For Magnificat, go to: https://us.magnificat.net/free. For Give Us this Day, go to: https://giveusthisday.org/.
4.    And please know that the priests and our staff are here to assist you as you with any questions and concerns you may have. We will continue to explore ways in which we can together face these challenging times and support one another. By coming together we will get through these times. I thank those who have already spoken to me about how we can assist those who are in need. I thank you for whatever way you can continue helping us help one another through your financial gift. In addition to dropping off or mailing your gift, Faith Direct or Venmo can be used. (Faith Direct can be signed up for by going to: https://membership.faithdirect.net/locator and typing in St. Agnes Cathedral.)
And finally, on this Feast of St. Joseph may we also look to Mary, our Blessed Mother and use the prayer of Pope Francis in asking for her intercession.
Pope Francis’ Prayer to Mary during the coronavirus pandemic
O Mary,
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God.
Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger,
 O glorious and blessed Virgin.
With prayers,
Fr. Bill  
Rev. Msgr. William E. Koenig
Saint Agnes Cathedral

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