June 08, 2020
Greetings in the name of the Triune God, Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit! Today, at 8:00 a.m. we opened the church for our first weekday Mass. It was well received. Thank you to everyone, especially those who attended Mass this morning, for their understanding and cooperation. It was not easy with social distancing, but of course, you all understood the purpose, as our focus was not on the inconveniences but on the Lord, celebrating Mass and receiving the Holy Eucharist.
Our Sunday Masses will resume on June 14 and the Sunday Vigil Mass schedule will resume on Saturday, June 20th at 4:30 p.m. We will have three Masses on Sundays: 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. As a temporary arrangement, we added the 9:30 a.m. Mass to provide an opportunity for more people to attend Mass. We will have limited seating for every Mass. We just mailed you the link via Flocknote; you may this link to make a reservation. We will post this link every Monday around 10: 00 a.m. prior to the weekend for which reservations are being accepted. I ask all who wish to come to Mass to plan on coming to just one Mass, either a weekday Mass or a Sunday Mass during that week. This will allow more people to attend Mass and to receive the Eucharist.
As mentioned before, we are using Eventbrite to make reservation for Sunday Masses. If you have not yet registered for Flocknote, I encourage you to sign up for Flocknote, as that will be our future means of communication. If anyone does not have access to the Internet or requires assistance, they may come to the parish office during regular office hours, starting June 8, to see either PJ, our office assistant, or Bob Ulrich, our business manager, and request reservations for particular Masses. Please note reservations will not be taken over the phone, by mail or text message.
Please arrive 15 minutes before Mass begins and use the doors on the north side of the church (by the kiosk and nursery) to enter and exit the church. There will be ushers at both doors and in the church to assist you with seating and to answer any questions. I thank the committee members and ushers for the hard work they put in to make our celebrations go smoothly.
For more information about what you can expect when you come to Mass as well as specific details about what we are doing to make Santa Sophia a safe place to worship, you may read the guidelines posted on our website. It is important, so please read the guidelines before coming to Mass. The guidelines are standard and common in every parish. There will be offertory boxes by both doors where you may drop your offerings as you enter or exit the church. We will not be passing offertory baskets during Mass.
Keep in mind, Bishop McElroy continues to dispense all from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and other holy days of obligation. If you are ill or highly susceptible to illness due to age or a pre-existing medical condition, please stay home, joining the community in prayer through liturgies streamed on the Internet or broadcast on television.
I look forward to seeing you soon to celebrate the Eucharist with you. It has been too long! Let us continue to hold one another in prayer.
Pastor, Santa Sophia