The Society of Saint Pius X, like many public institutions and Catholic dioceses, has to take drastic measures in response to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Effective Wednesday, March 18th, Mater Dei Academy will be closed until April 20th. The IT department is working with teachers to roll out an on-line learning plan so that the middle and high school students can continue to learn at home during this shutdown.
Currently, Blessed Virgin Mary Church will continue with Daily and Sunday Masses while cancelling most non-worship activities. Please refer to the On-lIne App at https://fsspx.today/chapel/ny-warners/info/ for the latest information and schedules concerning our church. As the situation regarding Federal and State directives concerning COVID-19 are constantly changing due to up-to-the-minute information, please refer to the on-line app for the latest information.
Our office is still operational and we are beginning to process Academy applications for the 2020-2021 school year. For more information, please contact Ann Hatty.
As the U.S. District Superior, Fr. Jurgen Wegner explains:
Few of us have experienced a situation like this in our lives. Suddenly everything has changed! In the blink of an eye, what we took for granted is now very special. Some feel threatened and insecure by a small virus that has overturned public life around the globe.
We know that God rules all things with His almighty power! With our words, we've always confessed this truth. Now, however, facing an inescapable threat, this truth is imposed on us and it challenges us to learn it in reality: He, God, is the Master! We depend on Him. He alone knows how the crisis will develop. We will find out how it will affect us in time.
Even though we take all necessary precautions, for now, plenty is and will always be out of our control. We are in God’s hands! Feeling insecure and aware of our powerlessness, how will we respond? Some, completely overwhelmed by fear, turn towards themselves: they empty the shelves of the stores, thinking of no one else. It is striking how egoism and selfishness blossom in such circumstances and how we can become imprisoned by a merely natural approach. While some panic, others remain unconcerned. Many refuse to acknowledge the fact of their human frailty. They do not want to face the Lenten advice: "Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return..."
As Catholics, we can take this threat as a real spiritual challenge. Let us learn to humble ourselves. We should turn toward God more fervently, giving ourselves in His hands. Let recognize God is in charge of this trial and ordeal, confiding in Him with total faith. Even though He can enter our lives with a glove of iron, we know it His loving hand that touches us.