Pentecost Sunday and Our Pandemic Response

On March 25, 2021 Bishop Stika revised his “Decree Concerning Public Mass and Gathering Directives and made some significant changes. Most importantly he intends to restore the obligation to attend Sunday Mass effective Pentecost Sunday (May 22-23, 2021). Fr. Shelton asked the Divine Worship Committee’s (DWC) subcommittee on COVID protection to review the revised Decree and make suggestions with regard …

Triduum and Easter Sunday Schedule

DUE TO SEATING RESTRICTIONS AT EACH OF THE FOLLOWING CELEBRATIONS, PLEASE SIGN UP NOW ON THE MAIN PAGE OF THE PARISH WEBSITE.   Passover Triduum schedule: Maundy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 7 pm.  Good Friday Celebration of the Lord’s Passion: 7 pm.  Holy Night Easter Vigil: 8:30 pm. Easter Sunday Mass schedule (!!!NOTE CHANGE FROM USUAL SUNDAY SCHEDULE!!!): 8 am, 9:30 am, 11 am, …

Use of the Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine

WASHINGTON– On March 2, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Doctrine, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine recently approved for use in the United States. “The …

Pastor’s Update

Dear Friends in Christ, I thank Dave Duhamel for organizing our Lenten mission: “Conviction, Contrition, Conversion”.  Sr. Scholastica, OP, will lead us in exploring how the intellect, emotions and will help us enter into Lent.  See details and sign-up on our parish website. The teaching staff in our school is now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and many of …

Ash Wednesday

Blessing and Imposition of Ashes (by sprinkling, rather than tracing) will take place during the following celebrations of Mass: 6:30 am 8 am 12:10 pm 6 pm 7 pm (Spanish) Seating and capacity restrictions remain in place inside the church. Masking and social distancing are required. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, please remain at home and follow official recovery …

40 Days to 40 Friends

Dear Friends in Christ, As we make our final preparations for the Lenten journey that leads us to Easter, I invite you to make this year’s journey one that will strengthen our parish by building friendships. There are parishioners you know well, parishioners you’d like to know better, and parishioners you don’t yet know at all. Our Lenten journey together …

Christmas Mass Schedule

CHRISTMAS MASS: Mass for the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (SIGN-UP IS REQUIRED AND STARTS DECEMBER 10TH AT NOON; click the “Mass Sign Up” button on the home page of this website to sign up): [UPDATE: there will now be two Christmas Eve Masses at 4 pm, with one in the church and the other in the gymnasium.] …

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 …

Resumption Update No. 7

PARISH MISSION: Come and join us this Advent are our Parish Mission!  Presented by: Sister Maria Juan, RSM, Director of Faith Formation, Diocese of Knoxville, TN.  A three-night reflection as we ‘prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord’.  St Mary’s Church, Oak Ridge: Each evening- 7PM to 9PM, December 9th, 10th, and 11th.  There will be Confession each evening at 6:30 PM (please …

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 …