After a three-month separation from the celebration of the Eucharist, we rejoice to be able to assemble in prayer this weekend… finally! We have determined that we can adequately accomplish the necessary sanitization procedures in the normal time between Masses on Sunday morning, and so we will resume the 11:00 AM Mass also next weekend. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also available each Saturday from 3:30-4:30 PM in the narthex.
Weekday Masses will also resume this week, but they will be celebrated temporarily in the church building (rather than the school chapel) to allow for the required social-distancing and sanitization procedures. Please note that there are still COVID-19 restrictions concerning nursing homes, and so the Monday Mass at 10:30 AM will be here at church every week until those nursing home restrictions are lifted.
It has taken a lot of volunteers to accommodate all the government and archdiocesan requirements to re-open our building for Mass, including those volunteering for check-in, ushering, and sanitizing the church after each Mass. I thank all of them for the generosity of spirit they have shown in offering their service to our community at this special time.
We have a tradition of offering a Blessing of Expectant Parents twice each year. Please alert family members and friends who may want to share in this blessing at the 9:00 AM Mass on Sunday 5 July—and register with pastoral associate Brian McCrohan (as indicated elsewhere in this bulletin).
Speaking of Brian McCrohan— this weekend marks the 15th anniversary of the beginning of his ministry in our parish. His responsibilities have shifted over the years, allowing him to gain a wide experience in parish life… from baptism preparation, to Adult Faith Formation, and from social justice ministry to wedding coordinator. We thank him for the blessing he has been to our parish life over the past fifteen years!