First Down with Fr. Eric (June 20, 2021)

Dear Friends,

The time to REGATHERis now upon us. It has been a long journey for many of us and we now begin the process of welcoming people back to public worship when each person feels they are ready.

Bishop Thomas Olmsted sent a letter to Catholics in our Diocese announcing that the Dispensation for Catholics from in-person Mass will be lifted on July 1. You may view the letter on our parish website. In his letter, the Bishop calls all Catholics who can safely gather to come to our in-person Masses again. The letter is also sensitive to those who, for serious reasons, are not able to return in person at this time. People should come back when they feel they are ready to return.

In July we will return the Saturday evening Mass and Confessions. All Masses are now fully open, and there are NO reservations required. We remind everyone that those who are fully vaccinated have the option of deciding to wear masks or not. COVID19 is not gone so we still care for those who are vulnerable or have people in their lives who are vulnerable. We will be dealing with this for a while, but as Disciples of Jesus Christ we know how to watch out for each other.

The process of REGATHERING will take some time. We are reaching out to all parishioners and past ministers to take their places in service, and we hope by the fall season there will be a good number of people already in place to serve. We move forward with patience, and at the same time be joyful that we can reconnect with the many we have missed for quite a while.

Peace in Christ,

Fr. Eric