At the end of last month, just two days apart from each other, I had two evening assignments. One was Bishop Salvatore R. Matano’s Mass for Peace, and the other was a presentation on COVID-19.
While I usually find myself taking on fun feature assignments, like talking to Catholic-school kids about their teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week or interviewing a young adult who put together a book with his drawings of the saints, here I was taking on stories on two tough and timely issues that our community is sadly grappling with.
Our world continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Cases are going up as the Delta variant spreads like crazy. Just when we thought we were starting to return to pre-pandemic normalcy (which I wrote about in my last blog), the masks are making a return for everyone and the pleas grow louder to get people vaccinated, especially as we approach the start of another school year.
Meanwhile, the violence that has been plaguing our community has been troublesome. When I worked as a TV news producer, it had become a daily routine to send a photographer to a scene of violence. It was part of the job, and, sadly, I had become desensitized to it. Now, the violence again bothers me, and I find myself praying for those involved, our first responders and for an end to the violence.
The Mass for Peace isn’t the end of my coverage on violence. Over the next few weeks, I will be working with other Courier staff members as we put together a in-depth project on the topic.
So while these may be hard stories, they also are important, and I look forward to the challenge!
Capellazzi is new media coordinator for the Catholic Courier.