Pastoral Letter Regarding Mass Times and Location Starting September 2, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

Greetings! I am pleased to bring to your attention that as per the County’s direction, starting this Wednesday, September 2nd, we will be moving all weekday services (Monday to Friday) back into the church. The daily Mass will be held as usual, at 8:00 am.

We are reopening our school for in-person learning on September 8th. Because parents will be dropping off their children in the school parking lot through the CMO gate, I am requesting that parishioners attending daily Mass to park their cars by Saint Vincent de Paul or in the back of the church. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but I am sure we will all be able to adjust to the changes quickly. It will be a welcome sight to have our school children return to campus.

I had a short meeting yesterday morning, and we decided that until further notice, we will continue to celebrate weekend Masses in the school parking lot on Saturdays at 6:00 pm and Sundays at 8:00 am. Please see our parish website or call the parish office for more information and updates. You do not need reservations to attend Mass at any time. We decided to celebrate the weekend Masses in the parking lot because the County does have a limit on the number of people attending any indoor services, which is 25% of church’s capacity, or 100 people, whichever is less.

Please remember that masks are required while attending Mass indoors and outdoors. Please also follow our social distancing guidelines posted on our website. Maintain silence during Communion, and after you receive Holy Communion you may go back to your place for closing prayer and the final blessings and dismissal. As always, please do not congregate in the parking lot, and keep your mask on until you reach your car. 

There will be offertory boxes by both doors in the church and in the parking lot for outdoor Masses where you may drop your offerings as you enter or exit. We will not be passing offertory baskets during Mass. 

 Bishop McElroy continues to dispense all from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and other holy days of obligation. If you are ill or highly susceptible to illness due to age or a pre-existing medical condition, please stay home, and join the community in prayer through liturgies streamed on the Internet or broadcast on television. 

I look forward to seeing you soon to celebrate the Eucharist with you. Let us continue to hold one another in prayer. 

Fr. Devdas

Pastor, Santa Sophia