This coming week, August 3-7, we will continue celebrating daily Mass at 8:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, in the parish parking lot. The outdoor Masses have helped to make the summer of 2020 special and memorable. Thank you to the many parishioners who have participated in these Masses!
The following week, August 10-15, school will open and we will begin a new daily Mass schedule at Christ the King. Students will be divided into three groups and will join us for Mass on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For the time being, the daily morning Masses will continue to be celebrated outside. There will be no Mass on Monday and the Tuesday Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. in the church.
Beginning Monday, August 10, a Communion Service will resume, Monday through Friday, at 7:00 a.m. Communion Services will also be offered on Monday morning and Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. The Communion Services will be held in the main church to allow space for social distancing.
The new schedule will reduce the number of Communion Services at Christ the King. In its directives on Communion Services, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops writes, “When daily Mass is scheduled in a parish, it is usually not appropriate to schedule a Liturgy of the Word with distribution of Holy Communion. The rite is designed for those who are prevented from being present at the community’s celebration of the Eucharist. The scheduling of these celebrations should never detract from the celebration of the Eucharist as the center of the entire Christian life. Such celebrations should never be seen as an equal choice with participation at Mass.”
Recognizing that it may be impossible for many parishioners to participate in Mass at 8:30 a.m. due to work schedules, the 7:00 a.m. Communion Service will afford an appropriate opportunity to receive Holy Communion. The 8:30 a.m. Communion Services on Monday, when there is no parish Mass, and on Tuesday, when Mass is celebrated in the afternoon, hopefully keeps the spirit of the bishops’ instruction on Communion Services. Mass always remains the most important means of worship for Catholics.
The new schedule will be posted on the doors of the church and fliers outlining the new schedule will be available at the weekend Masses.
Beginning Sunday, August 15, the Mass which has been celebrated at 12:00 p.m. for the past few weeks, will return to its regularly scheduled time at 11:30 a.m. Please remember that next weekend, August 15-16, we will have a special collection for the missionaries who were scheduled to visit Christ the King this summer but were prevented from doing so because of the pandemic. Thank you for your generosity.
Finally, I am delighted to announce that the children of the parish who have been anxiously waiting to receive Jesus in their First Holy Communion, will have the opportunity to do so at a special First Communion Mass on Saturday morning, August 22. Jesus has been looking forward to this day as much as the children of the parish and we rejoice with them!
See you at Mass!