Message from Fr. Kevin – July 29
Most of you have probably heard that early last week the residents of the rectory were in quarantine as one of us tested positive for COVID-19 multiple times. Thankfully at the time of the testing and continuing forward, all of us remained asymptomatic. For that, we are most grateful. On Monday, July 27th we were all three cleared to have contact in the rectory and to resume public ministry. Each of us is most grateful for the prayers and good wishes of so many. We appreciate the offers to shop, provide meals, and run errands. These days of quarantine were a great reminder to each of us to give thanks for those on the front lines, particularly in the medical community who are giving aid each day, often placing their own health in jeopardy.
On that note, I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dr. Joseph Costa last week. Joe was a year ahead of me in high school and lived in my neighborhood growing up. He served as the Chief of the Division of Critical Care at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore. He was voted one of Baltimore’s Best Doctors in Baltimore Magazine and was loved by family, friends, patients, and staff at Mercy Hospital. Sadly, while remaining on the front lines during this pandemic, Dr. Costa contracted COVID-19 himself and the virus took him from us all too early. This is a painful reminder of the heroes, in and out of the medical profession, who are guiding us through the difficult days. Matthew 8:16-18 reminds us, “When it was evening, they brought him many who were possessed by demons, and he drove out the spirits by a word and cured all the sick to fulfill what had been said by the prophet: ‘He took away our infirmities and bore our diseases.’” Joe was one of the many heroes who gave his life in service of the sick and those who needed healing. May God the Great Physician bless and reward Dr. Costa for his lifetime of service and sacrifice. Rest in Peace good and faithful servant!
With the lifting of the rectory quarantine, we are excited to celebrate First Eucharist with some of the young people from St. John this weekend, and resume weekend masses at both parishes. Given this latest COVID reminder, and vacation time in August (assuming we can travel), I am considering resuming daily mass at some point in September once Fr. Peter arrives. This is assuming there are no further shutdowns or restriction of movement in the State of Maryland, especially as we enter the flu season. As we have been reminded many times by the medical community, the virus sets the timeline. I promise to keep you posted. Wishing you continued blessings in these somewhat different summer months.
Blessings on your week,