September 1, 2020
Dear Friends at Holy Trinity,
I would like to announce that I have accepted a new full-time position as Director of Worship Arts and Organist in Florence, Alabama and will be relocating shortly. Though my time at Holy Trinity was short, and particularly cut short due to the ongoing pandemic, I enjoyed my time as I worked in ministry with many of you. I have been blessed to work with so many wonderful colleagues in the music ministry. Please pray for and support the fantastic parish organists, cantors, choir members, and other musicians who bring life to our worship and liturgical celebrations. Pray for the music ministry at Holy Trinity to thrive during this time of transition. And pray for the organ that it will keep working! (If you have ever talked to me about the organ, you know what I mean!)
I leave you with my love of sacred music and more importantly my love of the Lord as I embark on this new adventure. May God bless you in your ministries and in all of your lifelong endeavors.
Soli Deo gloria,
This is an extraordinary time when many people are affected from the Covid-19 pandemic, but we as Catholics place our trust in God. May He guide our efforts to sustain our parish as we continue to reach out to those we serve. We are very grateful to those who have been able to support the parish financially and with their prayers. Now we are asking you to prayerfully consider a gift to the 2020 ADA, which will officially begin on September 20.
The Annual Diocesan Appeal (ADA) is an opportunity for us to financially support the work of the Church and draw closer to God. This year’s appeal message—Know, Love, Serve—is rooted in Bishop Jenky’s Festival Letter, The Real Presence. It is in knowing God through the Holy Eucharist that His love grows in us. As our love of God grows, we are transcended from loving through our human abilities to allowing God to love through us, and we see Christ in one another. This draws on the other element of this year’s message, and that is the dignity of life, the value of marriage and vocation, and putting God at the center of our lives.
For more information, visit us online at cdop.org/ada2020.
BISHOP TYLKA KEEPSAKE – July 23 was a special day in the history of the Diocese of Peoria, and the highlights of the episcopal ordination of Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka have been beautifully captured in a special keepsake program, “A Moment of Grace.” The 8.5-by-11, 56-page high quality commemorative includes nearly 40 color photos from the day, the full texts of homilies and other remarks by church leaders, background on Bishop Lou and his family, and more. It is available by sending $12 ($10 per booklet, plus $2 for shipping) to Bishop Tylka Commemorative, c/o The Catholic Post, PO Box 1722, Peoria, IL, 61656. Make checks payable to The Catholic Post.
Due to the concern for COVID-19, please be aware that masks are highly recommended be worn at all times while in the church buildings.
Thank you for your cooperation.
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.
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.
Online Prayer Intentions: The most powerful thing a faith community can do is pray for one another. If you have any specific intentions, email them and they will be remembered in a general way during our online masses. Please send to:
Many of our financial commitments--for example, payroll, utilities, and maintenance--continue despite the suspension of public celebration of Mass. In order to keep our parish functioning now, and in order to preserve its long-term viability, please continue your generous financial support of your parish as best as you are able. Spiritually and financially supporting the mission of the Church is one of the Precepts of the Church. If you would like to contribute electronically, you can call the parish office or click on the Online Giving link for your Parish.