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Here we are at Thursday again!
Let me jump right in and announce we have received APPROVAL to begin Masses this weekend. We are official! It is great news with many buts! We have tried to condense a 59-page manual of guidelines into a summary of basic procedures which I will attach. A few of the things to remember: The obligation to attend Mass is still dispensed for EVERYONE. If you are over the age of 65, in the vulnerable category or are immunocompromised, the recommendation is to stay home. You MUST wear a mask (ages 3 and older). There will be more walking than normal, and you will not choose your seat. Mass times have changed, and capacity based on social distance is 306! Our approval does not allow us to seat anyone in the Chapel or Commons. We will be heartbroken to turn anyone away. We are not allowed to exceed that number and we pray that you will understand. We recognize that this is far from perfect and we know that we will learn through our experiences. Please be patient.
MASS TIMES ARE: 4:30PM VIGIL MASS; 7:30PM SPANISH MASS WITH LIVESTREAM; SUNDAY 7:00AM, 10:00AM WITH LIVESTREAM, 1:00PM.
Someone today mentioned that we are now a part of history. Of course, every day we are a part of our own history, but those words struck me and made an impression. Someday years and years from now students will be in History class and just as we studied the Bubonic Plague, or the Spanish flu, they will study this time we are living through – the time of the Covid-19 Pandemic. I don’t know about you, but I hope I don’t go down in History as a part of time where people cared only about themselves and the country was divided and heaven forbid, churches too. We must rise together even in our own disappointments, fears, and trials. I pray we, as Catholics we will emerge as leaders of a Faith united as the Body of Christ. Our Catholic teachings do not allow us to be selfish or self-serving nor can we be self-righteous or have rash judgement of others. If we are to be a part of this history of the Pandemic, then together through prayer and compassion and humility may we be the light of Christ shining through as a beacon of hope and healing to a nation, a world that is in need of our Savior. It would seem impossible for one person to make this difference, but one person made all the difference. His name is Jesus and we are members of His body! Go, make a difference and be the history you want the world to know.
May 21, 2020
My friends, today was a hard day but an incredibly spiritual day. To walk a journey with those who have lost someone way too young and be inspired by their faith even in extreme grief and to have the privilege to offer God’s comfort and love is a day to remember. Each of us have experienced in our own lives the loss of someone dear and precious to us. Do we celebrate the life, or do we dwell in the grief? Sacred scripture reminds: There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. A time to give birth, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant. I encourage you to read Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3. It shares great wisdom and rich messages not only in times of grief but also in ordinary days that can be both hard and spiritual. Today, every day may we celebrate all life, but especially our own and the lives of those we love and have loved.
May God Bless You.
Spiritual Communion Prayer
by Saint Alphonsus Liguori
I believe that You
and unite myself wholly to You.