Greetings! I hope you all had a long and restful weekend. In spite of the 4th of July holiday falling on the weekend, the church attendance was very good, and I thank those of you who were able to join us in the celebration of Mass. I especially want to say “thank you” to our ushers and staff who prepared the church for Mass.
The reservation system has been working well, and most everyone has been compliant with the pandemic guidelines. Your cooperation and mindfulness make our efforts to allow as many people as possible to attend Mass much easier for us. As you know, our Mass reservations fill rather quickly, but I noticed that there were many empty seats on the past few Sundays. So, apparently some people are making reservations but failing to attend the reserved Mass. I know plans can and do change at the last moment, but I am asking everyone to please cancel your reservations as soon as you know that you will not be able to attend that Mass. This will allow someone else to attend in your place. Also, I encourage any of you who are not able to make a reservation for a particular Mass to check periodically for openings, as there have been last–minute cancellations as well as unused reservations.
We just sent an email with a Flocknote link to make reservations to attend a Mass this weekend. As usual, we will post this link every Monday around 10:00 am prior to the weekend for which reservations are being accepted. For assistance, please call the parish office.
When attending Mass, 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 inside the church to assist you with seating and to answer any questions. 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, please read the guidelines posted on our website.
There will be offertory boxes by both doors where you may drop your Sunday offerings as you enter or exit the church. We will not be passing offertory baskets during Mass.
Bishop McElroy continues to dispense you all from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and other holy days of obligation. Also, if you are ill or highly vulnerable to illness due to age or a pre-existing medical condition, I encourage you to stay home.
I look forward to seeing you all and to celebrating the Eucharist with you this weekend. Again, thank you for your cooperation with and continued support for our parish in this difficult time. Let us continue to hold one another and our parish community in our prayers during this challenging time of pandemic.
Pastor, Santa Sophia Catholic Church