Lockdown Diary – Day Four

As I wrote yesterday, I seem to be busier in lockdown than when life was normal. This morning I celebrated Mass in our Lower Church with one of the men who normally come to daily Mass. You may not know this, but under usual conditions a priest is not to say Mass on his own. This is because Mass is an action of the whole church. That’s why, if you visit a traditionalist monastery like Clear Creek, the monks will say their private Masses, but they always have a lay brother there to serve the Mass and pray with them. So I said Mass with just one faithful man who represents all of the faithful.

After running some errands I headed home to my bunker. Today’s task was to get the Liturgy of the Word for the weekend out to our people. I also figured out how to work the software to record my homily on video and get that loaded. We have a great team in our parish. Katie Orbon, Director of Faith Formation, Beth Jones, Parish Secretary and Donna Craft–Communications Director. I spent some time by email and phone working with them, and then got down to the phone calls. Beth compiled a list of all our parishioners over the age of 75 and my parochial vicar, Fr Richard Ballard and I are calling each one to see how they are doing and to offer the parish pastoral team’s help as we can.

This left me some time to pray the office and do some yard work. Which brings me to the monastic input for today. In his rule St Benedict breaks down the monastic day into three activities. I call them the “three tools”. They are Work, Prayer and Study. The monastic day unfolds with these three in balance. This is a brilliant idea because it’s hard to work straight through for eight hours. You get tired, your mind becomes weary and when you do get a break you just want to crash. The monastic routine is much more humane. You work a bit (and this would usually be manual labor of some kind) you study some and you pray. The monastic offices would have been seven or eight times a day in the chapel, but each office is fairly short. The day is then broken up into manageable sections. If you’re working hard and are tired, don’t worry before long the bell will ring and you can go curl up with a good book or crack open a dense theology book in the library or head to the church for prayer. If your head is about to burst from too much study, before too long the bell will ring and you can head outdoors to feed the pigs or pick apples.

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R4R #41: Coronavirus & Catholicism w/ Steve Skojec

To round out your Friday, I wanted to share with you my appearance on the latest episode of Rules For Retrogrades with Tim and Dave Gordon as we talk shop about the pandemic, Eucharistic theology, and being kept away from Mass versus sacraments like confession.

As usual, it was a lively and fun conversation that tackled some serious topics. Always love having a chance to speak with the Gordon brothers. See the video below for the full show.

OH, and by the way: their new book — Rules For Retrogrades, Forty Tactics to Defeat the Radical Left — is out today. If you haven’t gotten your hands on it, grab a copy. I got mine, and am looking forward to it. (No, they didn’t pay me to say that, but full disclosure: they did send me a free review copy. Which I am legitimately looking forward to reading.)

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Vancouver opens drive-through COVID-19 test site for health workers

Providence Health Care launched Vancouver’s first drive-through testing site for health-care workers this morning on property between the Archdiocese of Vancouver’s head offices and the Honoria Conway seniors residence.

The site was opened at 9 a.m. for health-care staff and community health providers who meet COVID-19 testing criteria.

The gravel parking lot is entered off West 33rd Avenue in the city. It is jointly run by Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health.

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