Pastoral Letter from Fr Devdas: July 15, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

Greetings!  We celebrated our first outdoor Mass this morning at 8:00 am.   We had 43 people in attendance, and the Mass was beautiful!  Many attendees mentioned that the celebration was wonderful and very well organized.  A special word of thanks to Rosemary Wellington, our Sacristan, and her many helpers.  Fortunately, the weather was not very hot, and the atmosphere was quiet and pleasant, so do not be worried or hesitant about attending Mass outside.  If the heat is a concern for you, consider bringing a hat or other protection from the sun.

Our daily and weekend Masses will be celebrated on the school parking lot by EDC.  Daily Mass will be as usual at 8:00 a.m.  Weekend Masses will be celebrated on Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. (Vigil Mass) and on Sundays at 8:00 a.m.  Reservations will no longer be required to attend Mass.  We have a huge parking lot with secured gates which can accommodate many people.

Holy Communion will be distributed at the end of Mass.  There will be four stations marked by traffic 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, canopy, water bottle, or any other items you may need.  Please wait to remove your chair or canopy until after all have received Communion.  You may then remove your chair or canopy and exit promptly.

Thank you, everyone, for your continued patience and understanding.  As I have been saying all along: although circumstances may not be ideal, it is a blessing that we are able to gather in some capacity to celebrate Mass 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 offertory baskets during Mass.

I look forward to seeing you all and celebrating the Eucharist with you this weekend. Again, thank you for your continued support of our parish.  Let us continue to hold one another and our faith community in our prayers during this challenging time.

God bless!

Fr. Devdas