It has been six long weeks since our lives went on “lock down.” This has been an ongoing challenge I keep busy by cooking, reading and watching my Korean dramas.
Being the OLM Parish Secretary/Administrative Assistant, I am busier than usual when I go to the office, which is only on Mondays, to handle essential business. I count the parish weekly collection since our regular counters are unable to leave their homes. I also have been handling more requests for Mass intentions for people who have died from the coronavirus.
My husband, Ariel, and my kids, Lynken (20) and Laela (17), do not seem to mind being home. My husband works from home, which has its advantages. He gets a lot of work done since nobody bothers him and he does not have to wake up early and drive to work.
My kids get their school projects done in the comfort of their home and then have leisure time.
My parents, Angie and Romeo with whom we live, have been safely home. Since they are seniors and more susceptible to the virus, I make sure they stay at home. They really miss going to weekday and Sunday Mass. The OLM livestream Masses have helped us to pray.
We have had to make small sacrifices like not being able to go out and celebrate my son’s 20thbirthday or my daughter’s senior prom being canceled, but they are nothing compared to what other people are suffering.
It makes me sad to think of all the people who have succumbed to the virus. I worry what the future will bring. I also worry about the finances of our parish. I consider OLM as my second home. Being the book-keeper, I need to make sure we have the money to pay our bills and to pay our employees. Thankfully our parishioners are generous and they are sending in their contributions in the ways mentioned in this bulletin.
Despite all the chaos swirling around us, we are still very thankful for the blessings we continue to receive from the Lord. My daughter recently was accepted to the University of Washington, the college of her choice, and my husband got a promotion in his job. I really hope and pray that we will all get back to “normal.” I really miss meeting up with my friends, going out to eat in a restaurant, having bubble tea, shopping at the mall, and coming to Sunday Mass.
I can say that we are all doing our best to make it until this pandemic is over –and with God, we all can!