Greetings! We celebrated Mass outdoors this weekend, Saturday at 6:00 pm and Sunday at 8:00 am. At the Saturday evening Mass, we had about 220 people in attendance, where we also celebrated First Holy communion of seven of our children. There was a cool evening breeze, which made the celebration comfortable and beautiful. I believe the weather this Saturday will be better than last Saturday. On Sunday morning we had 265 people in attendance; the overcast skies and quiet morning made Mass very special.
Well, we all know that attending outdoor Mass is not as convenient as celebrating Mass inside the church. But we need to thank God that in spite of all current circumstances, we are able to celebrate Mass and receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. So, do not be worried or hesitant to attend Mass outside. If you are concerned about heat, consider bringing a hat.
Our daily Mass is as usual, Monday to Friday at 8:00 am. Weekend Masses are Saturdays at 6:00 pm (Vigil Mass) and Sundays at 8:00 am. Please note, until further notice all Masses and other liturgical celebrations will be held at the school parking lot, by EDC. Reservations are no longer required, as the parking lot is huge and can accommodate many people. For any questions or concerns, you may call the parish office or email me directly.
There will be no seating arrangements; you may sit wherever you want, but please maintain six feet social distance. As we did last week, you might 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. Please maintain silence during Communion.
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. I encourage you to make use of this opportunity to attend Mass outdoors.
There will be three offertory boxes, in the middle, and the other two between the altar and the gate 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. During this challenging time, let us continue to pray for one another and our families.