A Letter from Father Devdas: June 29, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

Greetings! The church services last weekend were great, and I thank our ushers and our parishioners for their cooperation and for complying with our social distancing guidelines. I know social distancing guidelines can be hard and uneasy, but it is a requirement. Let us keep in mind that these guidelines are temporary, and our focus is on the Eucharist. We are doing everything possible to make the celebration of Mass easy and comfortable.

I know more people wanted to attend Mass but, due to limited spacing, they could not. I apologize for this inconvenience. The reservation system has been successful, and the parishioners have been following the guidelines. Each week, Mass capacity as been reached, but I encourage you to check periodically for openings, as there have been last minute cancellations. For some reasons if you are unable to attend Mass, I request you to cancel your reservation, so that someone else can use that spot.

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 any 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 and support to our parish. Let us continue to hold one another and our parish community during this challenging time of pandemic in our prayers.

 

Fr. Devdas
Pastor, Santa Sophia