Announcement - 6/2/2020

 


Hello everyone,

I hope you are all happy to be back to Church and Mass with the Eucharist.  But always remember you are not obliged to be here:  there has been issued a dispensation until at least September.  So however you chose to act, to come to Mass or not, be at peace with your decision.  Friday June 19 and Saturday June 20 were the feast days of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary respectively; they remind us to cultivate not only peace in our hearts but also love, love for our family, our parish members, and indeed love for all people in the world no matter what they may look like, no matter how they may act or speak.   This is the way of our God and so it most definitely should be our way too.  Our God—Father, Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit—loves and cherishes each and every one of us.

On behalf of all our staff I can say that we are fine and in good spirits.  However, some of you may remember our old business manager, Nita:  she recently passed on from brain cancer.  I trust she is another great ally for us in Heaven now.

We changed our times for Masses a bit in order to have time between them to clean and sanitize.  In that same coronavirus vein, we are keeping the side doors locked in order to better count the number of people who are attending Mass.  I am so sorry for the inconvenience but we are allowed only 400 in the Church, 1/3 its capacity.  If we do go over 400, we will celebrate an overflow Mass in the bingo hall at the same Mass time rather than to turn people away.

        We have baskets at the doors instead of the ushers collecting because that could involve too much group touching of the baskets.  There are no books in the pews for the same reason.  By now we all know the great need to wear masks, maintain social distancing, and wash hands often.

        Income since the middle of March is way down.  We have laid-off one person, and have reduced staff hours.  No bingo is a great loss of income.  Our Sunday collections used to average between 10-12 thousand (1st collection) and 3-4 thousand (2nd).  They have been averaging about 7-9 thousand (1st) and 1-2 thousand (2nd).  I can’t thank enough those people who have continued to give and to give generously throughout this pandemic time.  I am so appreciative.

Again, know that you are loved and valued.  It is a struggle but trust, be at peace, and keep your prayers going!

God Bless you,

Fr. Stephen M. Piga
Pastor