Greetings from Father Devdas! I am writing this letter to let you know of some changes and additions that will be taking place at our parish beginning in November 2020.
It has been wonderful to see so many of you attending Mass, both outdoors on weekends and indoors on weekdays, in spite of social distancing and many other restrictions. Masses have been well-attended, averaging about 450 people on weekends and approximately 80 people at daily Mass. Although we are not able to resume our full, normal mode of operation at this time, it is a blessing to see so many of you taking the opportunity to receive the Holy Eucharist.
Some of you have expressed that you would like more opportunities to attend Mass, so after discussing this with the staff and the Pastoral Council, I have decided to add an additional weekend Mass and make some schedule changes. Beginning on October 31st, the Saturday Vigil Mass will return to 4:30 pm, replacing the Mass at 6:00 pm. We will also be adding a Mass on Sundays at 10:00 am. All three weekend Masses will be held outdoors to allow us to accommodate more people. Our new weekend Mass times, effective October 31st, will be: Saturdays at 4:30 pm, Sundays at 8:00 am and 10:00 am. The weekday Masses will continue to be held indoors at 8:00 am, Monday through Friday.
In celebration of the Feast of All Souls, we will be celebrating a special Mass for those who have died within this past year. This special Mass will be held on Sunday, November 1st at 4:30 pm. At this Mass we will be reading the names of those who have passed away this past year, and we will pray for them at this time.
Many of you have also expressed a desire for Adoration, so we have decided to add Adoration and Benediction on the first Friday of every month, inside the church. This will start on Friday, November 6th, immediately after morning Mass, concluding with Benediction at 10:00 am. During these difficult times, there is no greater force than the healing power that comes from the Eucharist.
Finally, we will resume the Tuesday devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help. Our Blessed Mother is a powerful example of love and strength, one that we should aspire to imitate. This devotion will resume on Tuesday, November 3rd, immediately following the morning Mass.
As you can see, we are trying to bring back some sense of normalcy, beginning with the addition of Mass and additional opportunities to celebrate the Sacraments. Although we have a long way to go, let us be grateful and make use of the opportunities we have. Your requests for additional opportunities to worship our Lord is a testament to your faith, and I thank you all for your continued perseverance. I am inspired by your faith, in spite of these difficult times. Let us continue to have hope and to lift each other up in prayer. Please know that I am always available to you and you are all in my prayers.