Bulletin for week of 29 MARCH-2020

PASSION SUNDAY

SCHEDULE AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Next Sunday is Palm Sunday. You may view the Mass on our Live-stream on our website. It will be a Low Mass at 9 am preceded by the Blessing of Palms

 

  • Coronavirus Policy Summary: Chapel remains closed, public Masses still cancelled. Confession is available upon request.

 

CORONAVIRUS POLICY FOR SERVANTS OF THE HOLY FAMILY

PUBLIC MASSES STILL CANCELLED

We will continue to follow our insurance company and legal advice by observing the current statewide norms in promoting health safety.   We will not risk the health of any of our people.  The chapel will continue to be closed and there will not be any public Masses and ceremonies for the time being. These measures are taken to protect the health and safety of everyone. Any information posted on the internet stating public confessions and Holy Communion has been canceled.

CONFESSIONS

Individuals can call us to make an appointment to go to confession but must follow the state’s guidelines as below.   Please remember that anyone can regain the state of grace (removal of the guilt of mortal sins and the eternal punishment attached to them) by making a devout act of contrition with the intention of confessing his sins as soon as possible.

SPIRITUAL PRACTICES TO FOLLOW

At the same time, we remind everyone that we still must keep holy the Lord’s day to the best of our ability.  We have provided assistance through the website with live-streaming, spiritual reading, sermons, videos, etc.  Simply using your missal, rosary and making a spiritual communion are excellent ways to sanctify the day.  Without normal access to the Mass and Sacraments, we must be more vigilant and devout in the practice of our spiritual life.

PRECEDENT FROM 1918

This type of crisis has occurred in the past and the church has had to take similar measures.  During the 1918 influenza outbreak, Catholic churches were closed, and this contributed to reducing the harm from that flu.  The fourth largest US city in 1918 was an example of this and the archbishop, later cardinal, followed the mandates despite his personal desire to continue Masses etc. for the people.

 

  • CONFESSION POLICY
    1. Those who wish to go to confession contact one of the priests to make an appointment.
    2. Please no sick persons or those with symptoms of illness.
    3. No infants or children under 8 years of age should accompany the penitent on the property.
    4. When the people contact us, they come to the front door (not the chapel door).
    5. The priest who hears the confession answers the door (not another priest or seminarian).
    6. The fan in the waiting room is turned on before they arrive.
    7. The window in Office A is partially opened to create an airflow away from the priest as he hears the confession. The door to Office A can be closed during confession for privacy since the room has ventilation from under the door.
    8. The confession is heard in Office A (not Office B which is too close to the fan and it may be difficult to hear the penitent).
    9. The priest and penitent wears a mask. The penitent must provide his own mask and be properly wearing it when he arrives at the door.
    10. The penitent is 6 feet away from the priest during the confession, kneeling behind the screen and row of chairs.
    11. The door in the corridor near the utility room is closed beforehand.
    12. The penitent does not go to the chapel for a visit or to say his penance, he is to leave immediately (or remain in the waiting room, if he came with someone else) using the main entrance of the residence.
    13. If more than one person is waiting for Confession, he or she is to remain in the waiting room or classroom (with door open) until the previous penitent has left.
    14. No differences were mentioned about hearing the confessions of men, women and children.

Confessions Schedule

Individuals can call us to make an appointment to go to confession but must follow the state’s guidelines as below.   Please remember that anyone can regain the state of grace (removal of the guilt of mortal sins and the eternal punishment attached to them) by making a devout act of contrition with the intention of confessing his sins as soon as possible.

  • CONFESSION POLICY
    1. Those who wish to go to confession contact one of the priests to make an appointment.
    2. Please no sick persons or those with symptoms of illness.
    3. No infants or children under 8 years of age should accompany the penitent on the property.
    4. When the people contact us, they come to the front door (not the chapel door).
    5. The priest who hears the confession answers the door (not another priest or seminarian).
    6. The fan in the waiting room is turned on before they arrive.
    7. The window in Office A is partially opened to create an airflow away from the priest as he hears the confession. The door to Office A can be closed during confession for privacy since the room has ventilation from under the door.
    8. The confession is heard in Office A (not Office B which is too close to the fan and it may be difficult to hear the penitent).
    9. The priest and penitent wears a mask. The penitent must provide his own mask and be properly wearing it when he arrives at the door.
    10. The penitent is 6 feet away from the priest during the confession, kneeling behind the screen and row of chairs.
    11. The door in the corridor near the utility room is closed beforehand.
    12. The penitent does not go to the chapel for a visit or to say his penance, he is to leave immediately (or remain in the waiting room, if he came with someone else) using the main entrance of the residence.
    13. If more than one person is waiting for Confession, he or she is to remain in the waiting room or classroom (with door open) until the previous penitent has left.
    14. No differences were mentioned about hearing the confessions of men, women and children.

Chapel Opens

Feasts this Week:

Thursday, Apr 2: St. Francis of Paola

Friday, Apr 3: Comm. Our Lady of Sorrows

Saturday, Apr 4: St. Isidore

Votive Mass this week:

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