Letter to the Parish: Caronavirus Loss

Dear Sacred Heart Families,

Blessings to you and your families during this unprecedented and difficult time. COVID-19 is a global pandemic that has truly stretched around the world, affecting people globally – including our own Sacred Heart community.

I’m reaching out today to ask that you continue to pray for our own parishioners who have been impacted. Sadly, this week one of our own long-time and active parishioners, Rocky Ursino, passed away from COVID-19. Many of you knew Rocky as someone who was generous to a fault, with his time and his resources. He attended the Saturday 5pm Mass, and nine times out of ten, he was the facilitator, checking in the liturgical ministers, a position that he loved to do, and he was good at it. Over the years he helped wherever he could, taking home large mailings to stuff the envelopes, and any other job that needed doing. He loved being a Eucharistic minister and would sometimes have to stop for a while because of health issues, but he always came back. He also took Communion to the sick and homebound at the Bellitinni, and at home. He made spaghetti sauce by the gallon, and shared it with everyone, both parish staff and parishioners. He also took great care of his wife Gloria, who for many years was unwell. Everyone loved Rocky!? We ask that you please pray for the repose of his soul and for his family during this difficult time. We also ask that you pray for the healthcare workers who are on the front lines helping people around the clock. (Please see the Prayer to Our Lady of Seattle)

We know Rocky has not been in our parish for 4 weeks now. Therefore, there is a low risk of transmission of the virus from him. However, we still recommend you to monitor your symptoms. If anyone begins to show signs – including fever, cough or shortness of breath – please call your primary care physician for guidance. If you have any questions, please visit our local Public Health King County coronavirus website.

I invite you to join me prayer for Rocky and his family, this Sunday at 11:00 am when we live stream Mass on our Facebook page. You are able to watch the Facebook Live Mass even if you do not have a Facebook account right here on our Sacred Heart website homepage.

Please know that I continue to pray for you and for our community that we may stay connected and strong during these uncertain times.

Blessings to all of you,
Father John