April 3, 2020
Happy Friday to All of You,
In so many of the conversations the clergy and staff have throughout these unusual days, we share these words “God Bless the MANY VOLUNTEERS”. We have always known Stewardship is alive and well here at St. Gregory. This new fiscal year which begins for us in July, the plan has been to focus on enhancing Stewardship as a total way of life; not just the words: time, talent and treasure but a total commitment to living Stewardship through the example of our Lord who gave His ALL. We hope to update parishioners’ registration information, check on sacramental records, know more about our parishioners and our parishioners know more about the church, our ministries, organizations, spiritual formation and catechesis programs, tithing from the words of scripture and even developing new ideas in our ever changing dynamics of this parish called St. Gregory the Great. More communication and education opportunities, more social gatherings, growing in faith and service. I think we have jump started the plan in these trying times in some creative ways. Every day we add more people to our email group, and I know you are all sharing this information and staying in touch with one another. Many of you might not realize the PREP classes are still receiving lessons from their catechists and the youth group meets spiritually through google hang-out or zoom meetings and many electronic communications, RCIA just had a class with Sr. Brenda yesterday through livestream, our Food Pantry has come-up with creative ways to still distribute food to those in need. These are just a few of the many ways are parish is still working together.
We are looking forward to Palm Sunday’s livestream and hope you will join us. As a reminder, the Church will ONLY be open for private prayer from 2PM until 6PM on Sunday afternoon. (10 persons rule applies). If you come to pray on Sunday afternoon, please park in the Daycare lot as the main drive will be used and traffic directed through the circle in front of the Main Church doors for palm pick-up by car.
When you receive your Easter letter, please note a change in the schedule for Confessions on Monday night. Confessions will now begin at 6PM. We did not have the time of the Diocesan Holy Week Mission when we printed our schedule and we want everyone to have the opportunity to participate in the Mission at home.
Just want to let everyone know that Fr. John has been freed from quarantine as he tested negative after his exposure to COVID19. Thanks to be to God.
One of parishioners, Donald Thomas who was a regular at 9AM Sunday Mass passed away in his sleep early this morning. Please keep his wife and daughter in your prayers. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
As always, please keep sharing our emails and don’t forget you are in our thoughts and prayers.
I wish you all a peaceful weekend.
APRIL 3, 2020
Another week of uncertainty, of more restrictions, of the news focusing on the COVID19…we could become people in despair, losing hope instead we are people getting ready to walk into Jerusalem with Jesus singing Hosanna on Palm Sunday. Jesus has already faced for us the ultimate despair of sin on Good Friday and brings us to the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. We are a people who will be forever changed but should it be by the Pandemic? No, it should be through the time we have spent with the Lord in our fear, in our despair, in our anxiety because He will change our hearts to hope, to joy, to peace. He has not left us alone. The same God who sent His Son to die for us on the Cross and conquer sin certainly has sent His Son to be with us through these difficult days. Be forever changed in heart, in mind, in spirit. Leave behind the selfish ways of the past and focus yourselves in these last days of Lent to be a people of selflessness, ready to walk firmly, faithfully with Jesus forever changed.
I look forward to seeing you (through your wonderful responses on Facebook) this Palm Sunday 11AM at Mass via livestream. Your presence and participation at Mass even in this most humble and simple form, nourishes your soul and brings glory to God!
April 2, 2020
March 31, 2020: Children's Stations of the Cross -- Sister Brenda
March 29, 2020: Mass for the 5th Sunday of Lent
March 28, 2020: Misa en español para eñ 5to Domingo de Cuaresma
Sister Brenda's Stations of the Cross: March 25, 2020
March 22, 2020: Mass for the 4th Sunday of Lent
March 21, 2020: Misa en español para el Cuarto Domingo de Cuaresma
Spiritual Communion Prayer
by Saint Alphonsus Liguori
I believe that You
and unite myself wholly to You.