Update From Fr. Eilen (5/4/2021)
My Dear St. Patrick Family,
Know of my continued love and prayers for all of you during my time away from the parish due to Covid. I am so grateful for your love and prayers and generosity during this challenging time, and for my staff for all their support. Particular gratitude to the visiting priests (Fr. Peter, etc.) and Deacon George and Cathy for serving me and the parish on my behalf.
That said, let me give you all a more current update (effective 5/4/21) regarding how I am doing. As some of you know I tested positive for Covid on Monday morning, April 19th. After immediately going into quarantine – I spoke the next day with the Minnesota Department of Health, who ascertained that my symptoms began about Wednesday or Thursday (April 14 or 15). Since we were busy moving parish offices because of upcoming construction, I attributed it to the extra work. The rapid test on April 19th confirmed otherwise.
Anyway, my initial symptoms were of real fatigue (low energy) and little appetite. I have never had a fever, nor a loss of taste or smell (just little desire for food). What I have developed though, besides fatigue and low appetite are breathing difficulties, so the doctor put me on an antibiotic last Wednesday (April 28), as well as a steroid. Then on Friday evening, my doctor asked that I have a blood test for my lungs to rule-out any blood clots. Later that evening the test came back somewhat elevated, so the doctor set-up a CT Scan of my lungs at St. John’s Hospital in Maplewood. After leaving there about 10:00 PM, I went to my eldest brother’s place in St. Paul to begin two nebulizer (medical) treatments. My brother is a respiratory therapist.
I have finished the antibiotic as of Sunday (5/2/21) and am now half-way through the steroids and nebulizer treatments. As you can imagine this has been quite an ordeal. My breathing has gotten a little better, but it has been baby steps. If my breathing doesn’t improve more by Thursday (May 6), the doctor is going to get more aggressive with medication and breathing treatments for my lungs. Not being able to breathe normally greatly affects one’s energy (fatigue) and appetite, not to mention the obvious effects of isolation on one’s mental health.
Let’s keep praying for and supporting one another and our community. I hope and pray to be back with you soon – God willing – Lord have mercy!
P.S. I am still leading the Rosary, with the help of Deacon George on Sunday evenings at 7:00 PM (click here to access the link to the Zoom Rosary, it’s also under the “St. Patrick Videos” tile on the home page). It is so important that we continue to gather for prayer with one another.
Father Eilen Has Tested Positive for COVID
On Monday, April 19, Father Eilen tested positive for COVID. Though his symptoms are minimal, he will be isolating according to guidelines set forth by the CDC and MDH. Father Eilen has notified those with whom he had close contact. He will return no earlier than Saturday, May 1. We will post any updates on this page.
- I was at Mass on Sunday and/or received Holy Communion from Father, what should I do?
- While presiding at Mass, Father Eilen has been consistently following all guidelines set forth by the Archdiocese (sanitizing, wearing a mask, and social distancing). Per CDC guidelines, close contact is defined as “someone who was within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more within 2 days prior to illness onset, regardless of whether the contact was wearing a mask.” If you start experiencing symptoms, please consult your physician and CDC guidelines.
- Who will be filling in for Father Eilen? Will we still have Confessions and Mass?
- Yes, we will continue to follow our normal Confession and Mass schedule. We have arranged for a substitute priest to preside over all upcoming Confessions, Masses, and funerals.
- Is it safe to come to St. Patrick?
- We are continuing to follow all CDC and Archdiocesan guidelines, including regular sanitation of the building. We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of all our building’s occupants.
- What does this mean for the staff and the parish office?
- The parish office remains open and fully operational – all ministries and programs will continue as planned. Father Eilen has had minimal contact with the parish staff since last Wednesday (April 14). Those who have had close contact with Father Eilen have the opportunity to quarantine.
Questions or concerns? Please contact the parish office at 763-753-2011.
“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”