Greetings! We celebrated outdoor Mass this weekend, Saturday at 6:00 pm and Sunday at 8:00 am. It was quite hot on Saturday evening, but in spite of the heat it was nice to see many of our parishioners attending Mass and celebrate the Eucharist. The weather on Sunday morning was rather pleasant. I recognize the inconveniences of having Mass outside, in the parking lot, so I will always try to keep Mass short.
Our weekday Masses are Monday-Friday, at 8:00 am and weekend Masses are Saturdays at 6:00 pm (Vigil Mass) and Sundays at 8:00 am. Starting this week, Holy Communion will be distributed at the usual time during Mass. Again, reservations are not required to attend Mass; our school parking lot is large and can accommodate many people.
People have been asking me if it is mandatory to wear a mask since Mass is being held outside. Yes, masks are required while attending Mass. Also, please follow our social distancing guidelines posted on our website. As I mentioned, it was quite warm last Saturday; therefore, I ask you to bring a hat, your own chair, blanket, water bottle, or any other items you may need. 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.
Attending Mass outside on the parking lot is not convenient, but I want you to consider it a blessing that we are able to gather in some capacity to celebrate Mass and receive the Lord in the Holy Eucharist. I am so encouraged and inspired to see many of our parishioners attending Mass; it clearly shows your love for the Lord in the Eucharist. As a pastor, it is a great joy to see your love and devotion to the Holy Eucharist which is the source of our life and the foundation of our faith. I pray that as a community we may continue to grow and deepen our relationship with Jesus through the blessed Holy Eucharist, which is God’s greatest gift to humanity.
As you know, we totally depend on your generosity to keep our parish and its programs running. There will be three offertory boxes, in the middle, and the other two by the gates 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 and your love for the Eucharist!