2020 will be remembered as a year of uncertainty. That uncertainty continues today. Few ofus could have imagined that when the 'stay in place' orders went into effect last March 17, that the virus that had spread throughout the world would continue to have the paralyzing effect that it has today.
Certainly, for us as Catholics one of the hardest realities to deal with was the closing of our churches and the restrictions placed on our access to the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. In response to the threat the virus posed, bishops throughout the country dispensed Catholics from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass through August 15. As part of the phased reopening of society, early in June we gradually resumed the celebration of public Masses following very strict protocols established by state, local and Archdiocesan policies.
In response to the continuing menace that the corona virus poses today, Archbishop Thompson and the bishops of Indiana have now extended the dispensation from the obligation for Catholics to attend Sunday Mass through November 1, 2020. In this age of uncertainty, we will continue to offer Mass and the sacraments at Christ the King in all the ways possible, for as long as possible. The celebration of outdoor Masses will continue, weather permitting, for the foreseeable future. Catholics from throughout the deanery have participated in good numbers at our daily 8:30 am outdoor Mass and our Sunday morning 8:00 am outdoor Mass.
On August 10th we begin a new daily Mass schedule and the resumption of weekday Communion Services. A Communion Service will take place, Monday through Friday at 7:00 am in the main sanctuary of the church. Communion Services will also be offered on Monday and Tuesday in the main sanctuary at 8:30 am. A public recitation of the rosary will take place in church on Tuesdays at 7:45 am. Mass will be celebrated in church on Tuesday afternoons at 5:30 am and at 8:30 am outdoors Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings.
As we continue to navigate the uncertainty of our times, I encourage parishioners to participate in Mass whenever possible. At the same time, parishioners who are vulnerable and who are uncomfortable being in crowds will continue to have access to virtual Masses. Those who would like to receive Holy Communion at home are encouraged to call the Parish Office to make arrangements.
While the times may remain uncertain, what is certain is that we navigate these times together. For love of neighbor, let us continue to be prudent, washing our hands frequently, practicing social distancing and wearing masks.
See you at Mass!