A Renewed Option for Holy Communion

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In a canonical decree issued on November 9th, Bishop Stika altered his earlier decree pertaining to the distribution of Holy Communion during the present pandemic. The alteration permits the distribution of Holy Communion onto the tongues of communicants, in the manner traditional to the Roman Rite. This alteration takes effect on the First Sunday …

The McCarrick Report: A Professional Response

The following is a message from the Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, an organization of laity, religious, and clergy working together to promote best practices and accountability in the management, finances, communications, and human resource development of the Catholic Church in the U.S., including greater incorporation of the expertise of the laity. The Leadership Roundtable brings together leaders from the …

Indulgences for the Faithful Departed During the Pandemic

DECREE issued Friday by the Holy See: This year, in the current circumstances due to the “Covid-19” pandemic, the Plenary Indulgences for the deceased faithful will be extended throughout the entire month of November, with adaptation of works and conditions to guarantee the safety of the faithful. This Apostolic Penitentiary has received many petitions from holy Pastors who have asked …

Renewing Our Parish

Dear Clergy, Religious and Lay Faithful of Saint Mary Parish, The year of Our Lord 2020 has given us much to think about, much to worry about, and much to do to preserve our health, our security and our patriotic fraternity. But 2020 should be for us more than just a year of reacting and conserving. It should also be …

Message from Father Shelton: Sunday Mass Schedule Change

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Please allow me to update you on our ongoing consideration of modifying our Sunday Mass schedule. First, let’s review the progress up to this point. During our parish Open Forums held in October and November of 2015, several parishioners discussed the desirability of converting the three English Masses on Sundays into two Masses, especially …

No Penance Tomorrow!

God expects every Christian to engage in private works of penance, each in our own way. In addition to these private works of penance, the Church prescribes some public occasions when we all do penance together. There are public days of penance, and there is also a public time of penance. The public time of penance is the season of …

Time Capsule

To conclude our 75th anniversary celebration, Father Shelton is asking key groups in our parish to write messages for parishioners to read during our 100th anniversary. The signed messages from these groups will then be placed into a time capsule to be opened in 2043. Each group will describe how they experience life in our parish today, and how they …

Message from Father Shelton

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, It was great to see so many of you gathered together for our Mass and Parish Picnic.  Preparing for this 75th anniversary event was a major undertaking, involving months of planning and a lot of hard work by generous volunteers.  In a special way, I thank Diane Wright and her special events committee for …