Updates from Fr. Walsh

Video Message from 3/25

Letter from 3/20

Dear Parishioners,

As you well know, the whole world is in a rapidly changing corona virus situation that none of us have experienced before now.  Everyone of our lives is being affected in some way physically, socially, and economically.  We are especially conscious of those in our communities who are most vulnerable to this virus and pray sincerely for them and their caregivers.

In these uncertain times, I write to update you about the cautionary measures we as a parish and Staff are taking to ensure everyone’s health, safety and well-being.  As of 3/18/2020 per the Bishops of Florida’s directives, all weekend and weekday Masses are cancelled effective immediately, as well as all parish events, until further notice.

In the past, I have experienced our St. Margaret Mary community to always find opportunities to serve during a time of obstacles and challenges.  I have no doubt that will happen now.  Take care of yourselves, your loved ones, your neighbors and our fellow parishioners.

Above all, let us please remember that during this stressful situation, we are a people of faith.  How ironic that we are facing this health crisis in the season of Lent which calls us to direct our hearts to a suffering Jesus on a cross.  Christ’s sacrifice was our gateway to new life.  Amidst our Lord’s anguish and passion, our loving God was very present to his Son.  As Christ entrusted himself to God at that time, so we must do the same now.  More than ever, our struggling world needs witnesses of both the hope of resurrection and the compassionate presence of a God who suffers with us. This brokenness we are feeling can also bring blessings we can embrace, for some things can only be learned through suffering and sacrifice.

Most importantly, when your spirit may be worn by all that is being demanded of you now in sacrifices and inconveniences, may you remember the comforting promise of Jesus Christ who said to us:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves.”   Matt. 11:28-29