A Message From the Pastor

 October 2, 2020

Dear Parishioner(s),

I hope you are well and staying safe in these unusual times. I wanted to take this opportunity to personally invite you back to the Mass and sacraments. More than 1000 of your fellow parishioners attended Mass this last weekend. We have gone above and beyond to make our worship environment safe for our clergy, staff and most importantly for our parishioners:

  • We are maintaining social distancing by closing pews AND blocking off areas in pews we are using
  • Requiring masks while attending services
  • Maintaining social distancing while distributing communion during Mass and even providing the opportunity to receive communion from behind shields. The EMs distribute Communion to those in the back pews to keep the amount of movement down in the Church.
  • Maintaining strictest protocols for Eucharistic ministers by requiring they cleanse their hands before they receive communion, before they distribute communion, and after they distribute communion.

We have expanded the number of Masses that are available to you so that we can accommodate all of you while still maintaining Diocesan and government protocols. Beginning the weekend of October 10/11, the following Masses will available for you to attend:

  • Saturday Evenings: 4:00 p.m. in the Church; 4:15 p.m. in the Family Center; 5:30 p.m. in the Church; 7:00 p.m. in the Church (Spanish Mass)
  • Sunday Mornings: 7:30 a.m. in the Church; 9:00 a.m. in the Church; 9:15 a.m. in the Family Center; 10:30 a.m. in the Church; Noon in the Church.
  • Weekday Masses: 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in the Church (Wed. only 8:30 a.m. Daily Mass)

I would also like to remind you that the Bishop’s dispensation that was provided while the Churches were closed is no longer in place. The dispensation that is in place now is the usual one for those people that are sick, have conditions that make them highly susceptible to COVID – 19 and people traveling without opportunity to go to Mass.  The Sunday Mass is the source and summit of Christian faith.  For this reason, the faithful are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by the pastor. 

Finally, I would like to personally thank everyone who has supported the parish thru the pandemic, your financial support and ministry support have been crucial in sustaining our faith community.  It is so good to see our children back at school and the parish families returning to worship and ministry.

Christ left us his command to participate in his life through our experience of the Mass.  It is the perfect prayer of the Church and the real presence of the Lord, especially in the worthy reception of the Eucharist.

May God bless you and your families.

Reverend Michael J. Oenbrink

 


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