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Update 3/23/20

Posted on March 23, 2020 in: Pastor

Dear Friends,

We are living in unprecedented times with the potentially life threatening Coronavirus, & I hope that you are taking every precaution possible to keep yourself & your family members healthy & safe!  Please be assured that I am praying for us, asking our dear Lord & His Blessed Mother to spare us further scourge from this invisible enemy.  I invite you to join me as we pray together in such prayer.

In order to more easily facilitate opportunity for personal/private prayer, I am moving the daily adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from our perpetual adoration chapel between the hours of 8 am. until 8 pm. to the Lower Church.  Because of its small space, the chapel is too confined for people to practice “safe distancing” in order to prevent from becoming infected by the virus; so it is being closed until further notice. 

The parish is not shutting down—at least at this point in time.  Please God, it will not come to that—but it has in other places, like the diocese of Rome, because Italy has been so hard hit by this germ.  The parish is, however, doing things differently—because we are forced to by the directive to suspend all gatherings of people, even smaller ones.  So this opportunity to come to the Lower Church for adoration is being made for individuals only & not any group/s. 

If you choose to come to church to pray, please be sure to keep a safe distance from anyone else who is present.  A minimum of 6 feet apart is good; but even further distance is better.  We may still communicate with a smile or wave, a nod of the head or a slight bow.  We are social people & this is hard for us. 

I am hoping to continue taping the weekend Mass & posting it to our website.  We are making plans to possibly live-stream the Triduum liturgies at 7 pm. on Holy Thursday, 3 pm. on Good Friday, & 8 pm. Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. There may also be an Easter Sunday Mass live-streamed, that time to be determined. The Scripture readings may be found on the US Bishops website, & our school website has a link for daily Mass with Bishop Barron.  Archbishop Perez presides at a live-streamed Sunday Mass from the Cathedral-Basilica of SS. Peter & Paul. Let us continue to pray for one another & let us especially pray for a swift discovery of some vaccine to conquer this ugly Covid-19 virus.  May God have mercy upon us all!