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Please see the attached letter from Fr. James regarding the resumption of public Masses in our Parish (and the Diocese) starting on Friday, May 29. They should be arriving in your mailboxes next week but we thought that we should get the word out now. See you soon!
Tomorrow we will stream the Mass of the Ascension at 12:15 or so. This will be the last streamed Mass. We are looking for someone to help recored out homilies so that they can be put on our website; please contact Father if you are interested in helping with this ministry.
May 21, 2020
If you have beep paying attention to the news you have likely heard that Bishop Walkoviak is allowing Public Masses to begin again on May 29. In this time of social distancing things will look different but it is a joy to know that we can begin to gather for the celebration of the Eucharist. Starting with Friday, May 29 we will begin our typical Mass schedule following the guidelines of the Diocese.
In talking with some of you I know that each person is in a different place regarding the pandemic. I know that many of you are looking forward to returning to the celebration of Mass. Some of you may not be ready yet. Some may feel more comfortable attending daily Mass with a smaller amount of people. Bishop Walkoviak recognizes that there are people who are vulnerable to COVID-19 and has dispensed all Catholics within the diocese from their Sunday obligation through June 30. He recommends that you stay home if you are vulnerable to the disease. Bishop also is asking those who are sick to stay home as well.
Anyways we are making preparations for your return. To summarize the guidelines that out diocese has prepared in consultation with public health officials, doctors, and the diocesan staff you will see the following. Our capacity will be at 25% so we will be spaced out within our churches. Pews will be taped off to help with social distancing. All members of the faithful will be asked to wear a mask age two and older. Please know that you will need to remove your mask right before communion. Things will look different within the celebration such as physical greeting will be omitted, the precious blood will not be offered, and the offertory will look different. Finally there will be extra sanitation of the Church to prevent the spread of disease.
I say all of this as a summary and know that I look forward to seeing you all again soon. It has been a long and difficult road that we have been on. I have listened to some of your frustrations and I know that this news will bring much joy as well. I am very thankful to the many people who have reached out to me to make sure that I have been doing well. Personally this news is the best that I have heard during this time. I would also like to thank those of you who have kept sending in your offertory into the parish whether you give online, mail in your contributions, or drop them off. Your generosity is a testament to your commitment to this parish.
Please give me a call in the parish office or send an email if you have any questions.
May Our Lady health of the sick help all those who are sick and protect us from any sickness.
We are happy to hear that public Mass can resume beginning on May 29! We are working on some more details to tell parishioners but we also wanted you to hear the good news. We know that some of you have been waiting patiently while others will choose to wait. Anyways we look forward to seeing you soon. ...