Church Contacts Everyone in Parish about COVID
Here's a great story about loving your neighbor: a church in Rhode Island sent a postcard to every home in its parish about COVID-19. The church was asking for a picture of anyone lost to the coronavirus so that it could offer up prayers for that person.
Here's the thing, though: they sent a postcard to EVERY household in the parish, not just the parishioners of that church, and a postcard was sent regardless of the household's religious preference.
Father Adam Young with Saint Paul Catholic Church in Cranston, RI, sent out a Tweet about the postcards showing a wall of pictures the church received as a result of the postcards. When asked if anyone who is not a parishioner sent in a picture of someone they lost to COVID, Fr. Young responded with
"They did! Many of the photos we didn’t recognize as “parishioners“ per se. A few others mentioned specifically that they were responding to our postcard. The parish is here for the whole community!" - Fr. Young, Twitter
In a time of such divisiveness, it's good to see that some are still reaching across imaginary lines to offer support for others.
He lost on that show but wins big in our hearts for being inclusive.