Since February, Sister Mary Jacqueline Pratt has been facilitating Sunday scripture sharing for a small group at Mother of Perpetual Help in St. Louis. When all group activities were canceled on March 16, the activity director asked if she would facilitate scripture sharing each day. Since lockdown began, she has been meeting in the chapel with a group of about 10 residents—spaced six feet apart—for prayer and sharing on the daily scripture.
Meeting Monday through Friday for about 45 minutes, Sister Mary Jacqueline says, “Initially, it seemed like ‘work,’ but now that we are in a rhythm, it has become a fruitful way to begin the day.”
Adaptability can be key to success in helping others these days, and the sisters in our Sutherland community in St. Louis are adapting quickly.
Notes Sister Madonna O’Hara, “Our Sutherland community (St. Louis) had offered to prepare a meal for the 20 persons presently in the Room at the Inn program for homeless families. A week before, we received word that their policy needed to change and they no longer could accept prepared food from the outside. However, we were able to direct our energies to the lunch program at St. Vincent de Paul Parish by getting prepackaged items for the huge numbers of lunches they give out daily.
“When Sister Jean was preparing goody bags for our sisters in healthcare facilities, I offered to include some homemade cookies. She took the first batch to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, but that very day we found out that the other two sites, Francis Place and St. Agnes, had new restrictions concerning food gifts. So, no cookies; we are sending notes and making phone calls instead.
“As with so much of our lives these days, I have come to realize that efforts to help others need to be flexible and easily changed.”