Greetings! We celebrated outdoor Mass this weekend, Saturday at 6:00 pm and Sunday at 8:00 am. On Saturday, at the evening Mass, we celebrated the First Holy Communion of sixteen of our children. It was a beautiful celebration, and it was a great joy to see our children receiving Jesus for the first time. Let us keep these and all our children in your prayers.
Our daily Mass attendance has been good, with an average of 70-80 people in attendance each day. The weather has been very good in the morning, so if you are unable to attend Mass on the weekends, I encourage you to attend one of the weekday Masses. Our weekday Masses held Monday-Friday, at 8:00 am, are in the school parking lot. No reservation is required for weekday or weekend Masses. The school parking lot is large, and it can accommodate many people.
Weekend Masses are Saturdays at 6:00 pm (Vigil Mass) and Sundays at 8:00 am. As I have mentioned, all our liturgical celebrations will be held at the school parking lot, by EDC and, as of now, we have celebrated a baptism, First Holy Communion, RCIA and a funeral. All liturgical celebrations will be held at the school parking lot until further notice. Call the parish office or contact me directly with any questions.
There will be no seating arrangements; you may sit wherever you want, but please maintain six feet social distance. As you did last week, you might bring your own chair, blanket, water bottle, or any other items you may need. During Communion, please maintain silence, and do not remove your chair while people are receiving Holy Communion.
I know attending Mass outside, on the parking lot, is not convenient, but I want you to take it as a blessing that we are able to gather in some capacity to celebrate Mass and receive the Lord in the Holy Eucharist. As Paul said last Sunday in the second reading all things will work good for those who love God. Yes, we love God; that is why, in spite of many inconveniences, we assemble together to worship the Lord.
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.
Again, I look forward to seeing you all and celebrating the Eucharist with you this weekend. Please know that you and your families are in my prayers, especially during this difficult time. Keep the faith!