Resumption Update No. 1

PENTECOST SUNDAY MASS: Sign-up here to attend a Pentecost Sunday Mass.  We resume celebrating Sunday Mass in the church on Pentecost Sunday, following the usual Sunday schedule: Saturday vigil @ 5:30 pm; Sunday @ 8 am, 10:30 am, 2 pm (Spanish) and 6 pm.  Please read the detailed instructions issued by Bishop Stika and be prepared to follow these instructions carefully.  Seating at the 8 am Mass on Pentecost Sunday will prioritize parishioners aged 60+.  Maximum seating in the church for any Mass will be 100.

MASKS: If you need a washable mask, then please call the parish office during regular business hours to arrange to pick up a free mask.

WEEKDAY MASS: We resume celebrating weekday (ferial) Mass in the church on Memorial Day at 9 am.  Anyone wishing to attend this Mass will first need to carefully read the detailed instructions issued by Bishop Stika last week, and be prepared to follow these instructions carefully.  After Memorial Day, all weekday Masses will be celebrated in the church until further notice, and will follow the usual (pre-pandemic) schedule.  There will be no need to sign-up to attend a Mass celebrated during the week.

PERPETUAL ADORATION: Our Saint John Paul II Perpetual Adoration Society is working towards a gradual resumption of perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The first step in this resumption will be 24 hour adoration on Saturdays. Please contact Deacon John and Vilma DeClue if you are interested and helping with this effort. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be on the high altar of the church, rather than in the adoration chapel, for the duration of the pandemic. The Blessed Sacrament will be reposed prior to Mass, and exposed after the post-Communion prayer.

PENTECOST NOVENA: The Blessed Mother and the Holy Apostles prayed the very first Christian novena during the nine days between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday.  They prayed for the coming of the Holy Spirit, and we join them each year.  The Pentecost Novena begins on Friday, May 22nd.

Come, Creator Spirit

Come, Holy Spirit, Creator come,
From your bright heavenly throne!
Come, take possession of our souls,
And make them all your own.
You who are called the Paraclete,
Best gift of God above,
The living spring, the living fire,
Sweet unction, and true love!
You who are sevenfold in your grace,
Finger of God’s right hand,
His promise, teaching little ones
To speak and understand!
O guide our minds with your blessed light,
With love our hearts inflame,
And with your strength which never decays
Confirm our mortal frame.
Far from us drive our hellish foe
True peace unto us bring,
And through all perils guide us safe
Beneath your sacred wing.
Through you may we the Father know,
Through you the eternal Son
And you the Spirit of them both
Thrice-blessed three in one.
All glory to the Father be,
And to the risen Son;
The same to you, O Paraclete,
While endless ages run. Amen.