First Down with Fr. Eric (May 2, 2021)

Dear Friends,

We congratulate Deacon Jim Hostutler who celebrated the 35th anniversary of his ordination to the Permanent Diaconate. Deacon Jim serves our community through assisting at Funerals, he celebrates the Sacrament of Baptism, assists at our Liturgies, oversees our Annulment Ministry, and these are only some of the ministries he participates in. We thank Deacon Jim for his service to our community.
Deacon Lou Cornille and our newest deacon, Deacon Joe Herrera, are part of our parish staff. Deacons are ordained by the Bishop. Permanent Deacons can be married, and they assist at Liturgies including proclaiming the Gospel and preaching. They can baptize, officiate at weddings, and offer blessings.

Becoming a deacon is a vocation that some might want to discern and pray about. There is a process of formation that one would enter. If anyone might want to explore this calling, please feel free to contact any of our deacons to talk about this vocation.

CONFESSIONS ARE ON WEDNESDAYS WITH THE NEW TIME OF 5:30-7:00 pm in the Church. Great care is taken to ensure that each person has privacy and they are socially distanced from the priest in the Church (not the confessional). A parish staff member greets everyone in the Narthex and lets one person in at a time. The Church has music playing in the background and the person can go to confession behind a screen or face-to-face. Confessions are always possible by making an appointment with the Priest.

Sunday Mass at 8:30 am is happening now, along with our 10:30 am and 5:00 pm Sunday Masses. We invite parishioners who feel they are ready to return to in-person liturgical ministry for our Masses, to please contact the Parish Office so we may have you on our list. We look forward to more people returning when they feel safe.

Our Sunday Communion continues as the Dispensation from In-Person Sunday Mass attendance is still in effect. The time is now 9:15-10:15 am in Fenlon Hospitality Center. Signs and our parish staff will be in front of our Church to guide everyone to Sunday Communion.

Peace in Christ,

Fr. Eric