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.

A Change to the Outside Mass at Historic St Patrick Church

 

~ Due to the inconducive nature of cold weather, I have decided to change the outside/parking lot Mass we currently have at Historic St Patrick on Sunday mornings at 8am.  Beginning Sunday, November 8th,  I plan to move this particular Mass to the inside of HSP’s church building.  I plan to live-stream the 8am Sunday morning Mass going forward, as I will continue to live-stream two other weekend Masses: 6pm Saturday evening Mass at HSP; and, the 10am Sunday morning Mass at Holy Trinity.  As long as HSP church building can house the number of attendees inside, I will continue that Mass as HSP; if the future number proves to be too many to properly house the number inside, I will move the 8am Mass to Holy Trinity Church building.  As I do with all Masses (weekend and weekday) I will continue to distribute Holy Communion to any and all Catholics gathered/arriving in the parking lots at the conclusion of Holy Mass.  I wish to thank Lance Kwasny for the volunteered use . . . and the setting-up and maintaining . . . of his FM transponder throughout these many months!

 

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.

 

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.