Required announcement on COVID-19 safety

WARNING ABOUT RISK ASSUMED BY PARISHIONERS:

While our parish staffs will attempt to take appropriate precautions consistent with the advice of public health authorities, parishioners and guests should understand that they assume the risk of contracting COVID-19 anytime they enter a public space since such precautions do not eliminate the risk of infection.

Attending Outdoor Mass

Here are key points to know:

  • Each week we continue to provide outdoor Mass: It is held weekly at 8am Sunday morning at Historic St Patrick in the parking lot.
  • Communion will be distributed after Mass under the tent.  Please wear a mask while in line to receive communion.
  • The best way to follow along is with a radio. There will be a sign posted with the FM station broadcasting the Mass. Currently we are broadcasting from 102.1 FM
  • You may bring your own chair rather than sit in your car. Please observe the following:
    • Maintain social distancing when placing seats--at least six feet away from anyone not in your household.
    • Please refrain from running your vehicle, so those in chairs will be able to hear.

Stay tuned for more details.

Communion Distribution Plans

This is how we'll handle distribution of Communion after all Masses , always subject to change as conditions allow:

  • Communion will be distributed inside after each Mass, as well as outside.  At Holy Trinity, please wait at the main entrance.  At Historic St Patrick, please wait under the tent.
  • In all the places where we offer Communion, hand sanitizer will be available in line.
  • Please maintain social distancing of at least six feet while waiting to receive communion.
  • We request that all communicants, both inside and outside, wear face masks when coming up for Communion.
  • Guidelines from the Diocese prevent distributing of Communion on the tongue at this time.

 

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

Known as one the sacraments of healing, this sacrament was instituted by Christ to strengthen the sick and dying to face the challenges that come with illness, to interceded for the restoration of health, and to remit the sin of the infirm.

This sacrament is not only for those who are at the point of death. “When anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1514).

Therefore the sacrament may be received by anyone who has a serious illness, those preparing for surgery, and those who suffer difficulties because of advanced age.

Who Administers this Sacrament?

Only priests (bishops and presbyters) are ministers of the Anointing of the Sick. Those administering the sacrament will do so using oil blessed by the bishop, or if necessary by the celebrating presbyter himself. The faithful should encourage the sick to call for a priest to receive this sacrament (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1516).

How is this Sacrament Celebrated?

Like all sacraments, the Anointing of the Sick is a liturgical and communal celebration, whether it takes place in the family home, a hospital or church, for a single sick person or a whole group of sick persons (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1518).

The celebration of the sacrament includes the following principal elements:

  • priests lays his hands on the sick
  • praying over the sick in the faith of the Church
  • anointing of the sick with oil blessed by the bishop

If circumstances allow it, the celebration of the sacrament can be preceded by the sacrament of penance and followed by the sacrament of the Eucharist.

The Sacrament of Marriage

” A man, therefore, will leave his father and mother and will cling to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. And so the yare no longer two, they are one flesh; what God, then, has joined, let no man put asunder.”

Mathew 19:5-6

The Sacrament of The Eucharist

The Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian Life” (Lumen Gentium, 11). It is the sacrament in which Christ is really and truly present under the appearances of bread and wine. The Sacrament of the Eucharist was described as follows by the Second Vatican Council:

At the Last Supper, on the night when he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic Sacrifice of his Body and Blood. He did this in order to perpetuate the Sacrifice of the Cross throughout the centuries until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a paschal banquet in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1322-1419).

Youth Ministry

Sharing faith is part of who we are as Catholics, which includes encouraging young people in discipleship, inviting them into our church community and journeying with them as they grow. Young people are the church of today, not only the church of tomorrow.

We are all in relationship with young people in some way, and each young person is important. Young people are a part of our community and we all need to be active in ministry with them to reflect this. We are God’s work of art (cf. Eph 2:10) and this means that every human being, including our young people, needs to be given the best. The best is to help each other to develop an even deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.