Prayer is Our Defense
While things have been a little quieter around the home these days, we have still been able to incorporate “normal life” into our daily routine. While non-essential appointments (including all salon related appointments) have been postponed until further notice, the sisters have found ways to include these practices within the quarantine. Our very own Sr. Joseph Marie has graciously taken on the role of “hair stylist” so that our Residents still have the opportunity to get their hair done each week. Practicing proper social distancing in the salon, as well as wearing the proper protective equipment, Sister has been able to help several Residents maintain their hair care routine.
In these days, we are grateful for technology! Several Residents have been able to FaceTime their families with the help of the sisters and the staff in order to visit with them via telecommunication. What a gift to be able to see family members from near and far in this time of separation.
The sisters also worked out a way for our Residents to see their in-town family members in person. We are using the first-floor balcony and the activity patio as a way for Residents to visit with their family members who remain on the other side of the fence. Both of these locations provide plenty of social distance while still allowing the opportunity to visit in person. Many Residents have enjoyed this time with their families.
We are continually praying for an end to the virus and for the health of our community. Father Tom Polsen, our chaplain, still graciously celebrates Mass for the Residents and the sisters daily, providing them with an opportunity to receive the Eucharist. Currently, Residents and sisters now participate in Mass from their rooms, the balcony, the hallways, as well as the chapel, in order to maintain social distance and to keep the number of people in the chapel under the recommended limit of 10 people. We know that prayer is such an important defense in these difficult times and we continue to rely heavily on the grace of our Lord to protect and guide us!