We are returning to the public celebration of Mass on Monday May 18. Alleluia! We will return to our regular Mass schedule, with 6:30 Mass on Monday-Friday, 8:00 Mass on Saturday morning, 4:00 PM Vigil Mass on Saturday afternoon, 7:00 and 10:00 on Sunday morning. On Sunday, May 24, we are adding a noon Mass, just in case it is necessary in order to implement all the safety protocols in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please be mindful of the following procedures to facilitate meaningful and safe worship:
- All parishioners will wear masks and practice 6′ social distancing while on Church property.
- All parishioners will enter church through the accessible door in the southwest corner of church.
- All parishioners are encouraged to use sanitizer when entering church.
- Breaking Bread Missals will be available as parishioners enter; each person can take one, then keep it, take it home and bring it whenever they come to Mass.
- Twenty pews will be available for seating in the church.
- The kneelers will not be used in church; they are not to be touched; we will all stand (or sit) during the Eucharistic prayer.
- Communion is to be received in the hand.
- All parishioners will exit through the center east doors of church.
Archbishop Carlson has extended indefinitely the dispensation regarding the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. He has encouraged all persons who are particularly vulnerable to the virus (underlying health condition or and/or above the age of sixty) to stay home. Our 10:00 Sunday Mass will continue to be live streamed on Facebook and on our web page.
Please email or call us to let us know if you are willing to attend the noon Mass on May 24; if we can get fifty or more committed to trying that Mass on that day, we should be able to confidently accommodate all who attend the other Masses.
This is indeed a new beginning for all of us. Let us remain open to the good work which God is preparing to accomplish in us. The first reading in the Office today included,
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away…I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will always be with them as their God. He will wipe every tear from their faces, and there will be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away. Behold, I make all things new.’ (Rev. 21:1-5)”
This vision from John, first shared at the beginning of the second century, is so important for us today. It encourages us that we are already, even now, in this very moment, participating in the life of heaven. Jesus is the lamb upon the throne who makes all things new. During these days of living in the midst of a pandemic it is difficult to imagine heaven on earth. Yet it is unfolding, one act of love at a time. This world is being transformed into the Kingdom of God, a creation which is a returning home for us, a long, sacred journey back to the Garden of Eden, and all God’s children shall see it together. While our attention is clearly on persevering through to the end of this pandemic, the horizon of God’s love for us poured out in Christ Jesus remains our lasting hope. Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.