June 15, 2020
Greetings, my friends, to you and your families! Yesterday, June 14, we opened the church for our first Sunday Mass. It was well received. Thank you to everyone, especially those who attended, for their understanding and cooperation. It was not easy with social distancing requirements, but of course, you all understood the purpose of our gathering, which was to celebrate Mass and receive the Lord in the Holy Eucharist.
I believe that more people wanted to attend Mass but due to limited spacing, they could not. I apologize for this inconvenience. As I mentioned before, if you are unable to attend a weekend Mass please plan on attending a weekday Mass. So far, our weekday Masses have not been at full capacity. Also, beginning this week, we will resume the Saturday 4:30 pm Mass. This will give more people the opportunity to reserve a spot for a weekend Mass. Please plan on attending just one Mass a week, either a weekday Mass or a Sunday Mass, during that week. This will allow more people to attend Mass and to receive the Eucharist.
We just emailed everyone a Flocknote link, which can be used to make a reservation to attend a Mass this weekend. We will post this link every Monday around 10: 00 am prior to the weekend for which reservations are being accepted. Please note, reservations will not be taken over the phone, by mail or text message. For any assistance, you may call the parish office. We are here and ready to assist you.
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 understanding and cooperation. Let us continue to hold one another and our parish community in our prayers.
Pastor, Santa Sophia