Resumption Update No. 3

Sign-Up for MassPlease sign up now for this coming Sunday’s Mass.  Please remember to sign up for each Sunday’s Mass by no later than Friday at noon of each week.  Our seating capacity in the church for the duration of the pandemic is 100 congregants per Mass, with five Sunday (“Dominical”) Mass options from which to choose.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:  During the suspension of public Masses, the Blessed Sacrament was solemnly exposed on the church high altar from 7 am to 7 pm.  With the resumption of public Masses, the church remains unlocked from 6 am to 7 pm for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle, which is the usual form of Eucharistic adoration.  Please observe reverent silence in the church before and after each Mass, in consideration of those parishioners and guests who wish to adore our Lord’s Sacred Presence in the tabernacle.  The Lord makes a church a house of God by his presence there.  We make a church a house of prayer by our reverence there.

Our Parish School: Our school is planning to resume in-person formation this fall, with a modified schedule.  If you know any families looking for a learning environment that helps parents prepare children to become knowledgeable, virtuous and holy adults embraced by God’s love, then invite them to give our school a try.  Tuition is adjusted to suit each family’s income.

Sacraments of Initiation: Parents of newborns are encouraged to schedule the Sacrament of Baptism for one of our regularly scheduled Masses, preferably on a Sunday, or for a weekday Mass if more than ten guests are expected to participate.  Cyndi Panter, our Director of Religious Education, is working on fall preparation programs for the Sacrament of Confirmation and for reception of first Holy Communion.  Confirmations and first Communions will likely occur earlier in the academic year than usual (e.g. the Solemnity of Christ the King), in order to avoid a possible “second viral wave” and resulting lockdowns.

The Catholic Church and Black Americans: