Pastoral Letter from Father Devdas: July 14, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

Greetings!  As I mentioned in my letter earlier this morning, I had a meeting to discuss the logistics of celebrating this weekend’s Masses outdoors.  Beginning tomorrow, July 15, all church services must be held outside pursuant to the Orders of Governor Newsom and the County of San Diego.  Therefore, all indoor religious services will be moved to the school parking lot, by the EDC.  You may use the back of the church or the Saint Vincent de Paul area for parking, and then walk to either the CMO or the school office gate.

Daily Mass will continue as usual at 8:00 am.  Weekend Masses will be celebrated on Saturdays at 6:00 pm (Vigil Mass) and on Sundays at 8:00 am.  Reservations for Mass will no longer be required.  I will continue to hear Confessions on Wednesdays at 5:00 pm, or by appointment.  I plan to continue administering all of the Sacraments, including Baptism, First Communion, and funerals.  All of these celebrations will be conducted outdoors.

Holy Communion will be distributed at the end of Mass. There will be four stations marked by orange cones.  You may go to the nearest station to receive Holy Communion.  Please follow the ushers’ directions.

There will be no seating arrangements, so please bring your own chair, blanket, shade canopy, or any other items you may need.  Please wait to remove your chair or shade canopy until after all have received Communion.  You may then remove your chair or shade canopy and exit promptly.

Thank you to all for your continued patience and understanding.  There may be some inconveniences, but having Mass outside allows us to accommodate more people, which means more people are able to receive the Eucharist.  This is, in itself, a blessing, so let us thank the Lord and remain positive.  As I have been saying all along:  although current circumstances may not be ideal, it is a blessing that we are able to gather in some capacity to worship and receive the Lord in the Eucharist.

There will be three offertory boxes, in the middle and by the altar, where you may drop your Sunday offerings as you enter or exit the church.  We will not be passing 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 celebrating the Eucharist with you this weekend. Again, thank you for your cooperation and support for our parish.  Let us continue to hold one another and our parish community in our prayers during this challenging time.

God bless!

Fr. Devdas