FURTHERING THE MISSION UPDATE
May 21, 2020
Last weekend’s re-opening experience for most all the priests and parishes of the diocese were surprising and gratifying. Many priests were thinking that there would be hordes of people coming back
at the same time, so lots of preparation work was done in anticipation of that surge. That large number did not happen, and it was gratifying to see that the church community at large is taking the virus threat to health seriously; and yet, for those who did come to Mass in the building, the joy of being present in person in a reverent and safe environment was tangible. I was very heartened by the weekend, and the feedback I received was affirmative. A special thank you to the ones who helped us clean and sanitize the Church after each Mass. Really well done.
So, weekend #2 is ahead and we will continue to use the same process as last weekend. Color-coded tickets for each mass will be available at the ticket kiosk located under the covered drive thru next to the
Church beginning today [Thursday], Friday and Saturday
9:00am -4:00pm. Sunday morning tickets will be available
6:30am – 6:30pm. Get a ticket for each individual wanting to attend the particular mass desired and bring it to the ticket –table at the front entrance of Church. Our seating capacity is 250 persons. Proceed to an available pew or chair in church and use the color -6ft “slider” for seating social distancing. Instructions for Communion will be given during Mass. Please bring and wear your
own mask for Mass. The 9:30am Mass will be livestreamed. In the event we reach our seating capacity at any mass, a person can sit outside the building and listen to the Mass audio, and communion will be brought outside.
I will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation in Church on Saturday from 2:45- 3:30pm or by appointment. Again, please bring and wear your mask.
All of this is very different than what you or I may be used to. If you want to try coming back to Mass in the building more slowly, you can try daily Mass Monday – Friday 8:30am. No ticket required. Please do wear your own mask.
With the cooperation of many, the celebration of First Communion will be on Sunday, May 31, 2:00pm. Confirmation will be on Wednesday, June 3rd [with Bishop Duca]. The closing exercise for our Elementary School 8th graders will be on Tuesday, June 9th. We will follow the same procedures as for the daily
and weekend masses. For these events, the persons allowed to attend will be fewer than usual to maintain our capacity of 250.
I am also meeting with the Catechumenate Coordinators for Adults and Children to determine possible dates for initiation in the future, as well as how during this particular time we can offer the process of formation in ways other than at a gathering on campus.
I want to tip my hat to the new ministry that arose during this pandemic: Good Streams: Live at SJV. These are men and women who are working providing all the live stream masses and other events on our website. Great work all.
During these difficult times please know that you are prayed for each day. As I said in my homily this past weekend, we can do this. And, we are.
Deacon Dan's Reflection
GOING TO CONFESSION : WHAT TO DO DURING THESE DIFFICULT TIMES