As we gather again for public worship we celebrate the great feasts of the Ascension of our Lord, Pentecost, The Holy Trinity and The Body and Blood of Christ. It is literally a new beginning. And we approach it from perhaps the most vulnerable experience our community has known in our lifetimes. Even as we remain vulnerable to the virus, to growing anxiety, to a fraying of the edges all around us, our soul knows that God is ready to reveal himself in ever more powerful ways. God will send his Spirit to awaken his spirit already at work within us. Our love will be more tender, our humility will be more acceptable, our faith will become the fire which descends upon everyone in our community to bring healing and peace to a troubled world. And as we count on God alone to save us, let us also be patient with one another. Let us search for creative ways to stay connected. At the first Pentecost, the disciples, gathered around Mary our mother, moved from fear to courage, from doubt to faith and from despair to hope. And the world caught fire with their love for one another. We are being called right now to light a fire on the earth, to become the very body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ, to be life for the world.
Please be mindful of the disciplines we are putting in place to facilitate meaningful and safe public worship, beginning Monday, May 18. Our Mass schedule is, again, 6:30 am Monday-Friday; 8:00 am Saturday; 4:00 pm Saturday; 7:00 and 10:00 on Sunday morning. This schedule will be used even on the fifth Sundays; we will not celebrate a “Unity” Mass until further notice…though we are one, just as the Father and Son are one.
We will add a noon Mass on Sunday, May 24, to make sure everyone who wishes to come to Mass can. Please call or email us to let us know if you wish to attend at noon; that will help us make preparations. If we have more than 80 or so at any one Mass we will have to ask some to leave and return for the noon Mass. I do believe it will work out beautifully; please, though, be patient with us and one another as we begin again this great offering of Praise and Worship to God.
Here are the protocols we have put in place:
- 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.
- Also, as you enter you will see the collection basket in front of church; please drop your contribution in the basket as you enter.
- 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.
Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.