This weekend the Easter Season culminates with the great Feast of Pentecost. Jesus promised to send his disciples a helper who would remind them of all that he had said and done and who would lead them to all truth. As the promised Holy Spirit came upon the Apostles, twelve frightened men were transformed into fearless witnesses to Jesus and the Church was born. An old adage says, 'Lex credendi, lex orandi." The adage reminds us of the important relationship between prayer and faith. If you want to know what a person believes, listen to the person's prayer. Today, as we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, our prayer expresses our faith.
The Holy Spirit that was released into the world on Pentecost Sunday is called upon repeatedly in every Mass. It is through the power of the Holy Spirit that bread and wine are transformed into the Body and Blood of Jesus. It is the Holy Spirit that holds us together in the unity of our faith. It is this same Holy Spirit that sustains the Church throughout history.
The time in which we live is the age of the Holy Spirit and on this Pentecost Sunday we ask God to pour out that Spirit anew upon us and renew the face of the earth! Come, Holy Spirit, Come!
The careful, phased reopening of our parish and our sacramental life continues this week.
- Daily Mass will be celebrated each morning, Monday through Friday, at 8:30 a.m. With the new directives issued by the mayor this past Wednesday, daily Mass will now be celebrated in church.
- The church will be open for private prayer, Monday through Friday, from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Parishioners who stop by the church for prayer are asked to use the main doors only. The Blessed Sacrament has been temporarily placed in the main sanctuary of the church. Upon leaving church, parishioners are asked to leave the kneeler down in any pew that has been occupied.
- The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available in the Cry Room this week Tuesday through Friday from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
- Next weekend, June 6-7, public Masses will be celebrated on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday at 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. in our parish church. Maximum capacity at any one Mass will be limited to 130 parishioners. We will practice social distancing at all times in church and all who participate in Mass are asked to wear masks to ensure the safety of others. Pews, restrooms, and common surfaces will be sanitized after each Mass. A virtual Mass will continue to be available each weekend will be posted by 10:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.
The coronavirus is real and remains a threat, especially to the elderly and those whose health is already impaired. In resuming public Masses, we take a calculated risk. It is the responsibility of all of us to help minimize this risk. We do this by washing our hands before coming to Mass and using the sanitizer that is available in the narthex. We do this by accepting the inconvenience of wearing a mask at Mass for the safety of others. We do this be keeping social distance at all times in church and in the parking lot. We do this by refraining from congregational singing at Mass at the present time. We do this by avoiding gathering for socializing before or after Mass. We do this by leaving the kneeler down in any pew we use at church. As the careful, phased reopening of the parish continues, the virtual Mass will remain the ordinary way in which many parishioners will continue to participate in Sunday Mass. The obligation to attend Mass has been lifted by Archbishop Thompson and will continue until at least August 15. Parishioners who are not comfortable being in a large group or whose health is in any way compromised should not yet return to the public celebration of Mass.
Our phased return to the sacramental life of our parish happily coincides with Fr. Bonke's 50th Anniversary of Ordination which is June 6th. Congratulations and thank you for your wonderful ministry among us, Fr. Bonke! We look forward to the opportunity to celebrate Fr. Bonke's Golden Jubilee in grand style at a later date. Until then, may he know our gratitude and our prayerful support as he marks this important milestone!
In God's love, Fr. Todd