Dear Friends, I hope these past days have been good in your life and the life of your family. Prayer is offered every day for you.
We are into our second week of using the “misting” machines in Church. Someone referred to them as “ghostbusters” and in a way they are just that. I put on our parish website information on how you can help us with the misting machines after mass beginning the first weekend of September. There is a short video demonstrating how the machine works and how to “mist” an area. Also, there is a signup genius in which we ask you and other parishioners to sign up to help after one mass on a weekend. Since we have five masses, that means we need 10 people [two machines]. Please consider helping the parish in this practical and important way.
We have seen an uptick in requests for help for food and rental assistance in the past weeks. Please pray for those so adversely affected by the pandemic and the economy.
Both Schools are back in session, having taken great precautions for health safety within the grand enterprise of Catholic school education and religious education. Our parish Religious Education program is ready to begin as well, with most of the program to be done on line. Many prayers are requested for all involved in our parish educational outreach.
Three adult faith formation opportunities are being offered this fall. These will offered both in person and on line.
As you know there is no longer a need to have a ticket to enter the Church building for Mass. While this has been relaxed, wearing a Mask and practicing social distancing has not. These two procedures are still vital for attending Mass. With that in mind, Ochsner Hospital has recommended that masks with valves and neck-gaiters not be used when entering the hospital as these do not reduce the spread of COVID-19. I would encourage you to consider that by not wearing these two kinds of mask/face coverings at mass.
If you need the sacrament of the sick, please call me at the parish office. Regularly scheduled confessions continue in church with appropriate social distancing provided. Preparation for baptism of infants continues. Marriage preparation continues. If you need any help with any sacraments call me at the parish office.