First Down with Fr. Eric (June 27, 2021)

Dear Friends,

On the 1st of July, Bishop Olmsted, will have lifted the dispensation on in-person Mass attendance. The letter that was sent by the Bishop reminded us of the importance of regathering for public worship, and at the same time, was very pastoral that not everyone will feel safe returning, or for serious and good reasons, cannot come back for public worship. With that in mind, our parish will continue to offer Sunday Communion for now on Sundays 9:15-10:15 am in Fenlon Hospitality Center. This has been an important outreach to many parishioners during this challenging time.

Of course, our online Masses will continue so that people may stay connected to the community worship no matter what their situation.

We will begin our Saturday evening Mass on July 3. After hearing back from parishioners and asking if an earlier time will be beneficial to a majority of parishioners, WE WILL MOVE THE SATURDAY EVENING MASS TO 4:30 PM. For many places, the attendance is better as people are able to continue their activities earlier, in the winter the extra daylight might help some who are most comfortable driving during the daylight. The survey we took showed a majority response in favor of 4:30 pm. All other Mass times will remain the same on Sunday.

During July and August we will continue to move forward in our liturgies as we REGATHER to offer public worship to God.

This year, July 4th falls on a Sunday and most people will be with family on the 4th. We will move the Sunday evening Mass to 12:30 pm for that Sunday. Attendance will be much better at that time than having an evening Mass with very little attendance. We know most people, including those who serve at our liturgies, will be enjoying the holiday.

Peace in Christ,

Fr. Eric