We have finally arrived at the time when we can begin to celebrate some public celebrations of sacraments. Though this is allowed it does has restrictions. Having reviewed Archdiocesan guideline we have we have come up with a plan to both celebrate sacraments publicly while trying our best to protect the health and wellbeing of our community.
Starting May 16th Fr. Tim and I will begin to hear confessions outdoors. The primary locations will be door 15, the door to the gymnasium. The secondary location will be door 3 the entrance by the St. Augustine Room. Please enter the parking lot off of Knollton Road entrance. You will form lines with your vehicle. There will be a parking cone indication the beginning of the line and the next person to go to confession. When it is your turn to go to confession pull up to where the next cone is. You may exit your care and go to the seat for those going to confession. When you are done with confession return to your car and depart from Fox Hill Road or Michigan Road.
For the first few weeks we will offer extended opportunities for confession. The schedule is below:
Saturday and Sunday May 16 and 17 and May 23 and 24 3-5 pm (2 priests)
Monday through Friday May 18-22 and May 25- 29 5-7 pm (Wednesday- Friday 2 priests)
We will return to our regular schedule on May 30th.
Weekday Masses: We will continue to livestream weekday Masses using the current Monday –Friday at 8am and Saturday at 10:30 am. Starting on May 27th we will begin to have one public weekday Mass per week every Wednesday at 5:30 pm.
Public celebration of Sunday Masses will begin on the weekend of May 30 and 31st, Pentecost. We will offer the regular Sunday Mass schedule, provided we can arrange for adequate but very limited ministerial coverage. We will evaluate after Pentecost weekend as to if, at this time, we need to maintain this schedule or move to a reduced Mass schedule. We will continue to livestream the Sunday 10 am and 12:30 pm Masses every Sunday until further notice.
Our public celebrations of the Mass will take place outside in our north side parking lots. Everyone attending will be asked to remain in their cars during Mass. During the Rite of Communion, communion will be brought to each car. More details will be provided on an instruction sheet given to each car as you enter into the parking lot. We will also post them on our parish website and Facebook page. We are in the process of fine tuning the details so I ask for everyone to please be patient. For now, after consultation, I feel this is the best way to offer public celebrations while keeping everyone as safe as possible.
I am so grateful that we will once be able to celebrate the Eucharist publicly, please remember that the obligations to attend Sunday and Holy Day Masses has been dispensed by Archbishop Thompson until August 15th. It is important that each household choose to self-quarantine if you are in a high risk category or anyone in the household has been infected with the virus or been exposed to someone with the COVID 19 corona virus for a minimum of 14 days. For those who do come to our Masses it is important we remember to honor the need for public distancing. Having masks to wear is also important should you need to exit the car to use the restroom.
We are still discerning about access to the church for personal devotional prayer. Your safety is important to us and so we want to make certain that our environment is safe.
Thanks to all of you for your patience. Thanks to our staff who have continued to work for our community during this time. A special thanks to Principal Eric Schommer who has worked tirelessly to provide and improve our sound and video quality of our livestreamed Masses. I know that has been a very difficult time for all of us. I ask for your continued patience as we work through public celebrations.
Have a blessed week!