April 2, 2020
Dear St. John XXIII Parishioner/Parish Family,
Thank you to all who were able to watch our Masses and services on ‘live-streaming’. We are continuing to produce these for some continuity and connection as a community.
Know that our staff struggles too with the loss of interaction with parishioners, with the disruption of their usual ministries and the reduction of work and regular routines.
The Easter event tells us God will see us through whatever we face, God is with us. We will never be the same once we emerge from this pandemic, but we pray we will be stronger, and we will continue to be concerned about one another.
The Archbishop has continued the suspension of public Masses in the Archdiocese until at least May 3. This could be extended depending on circumstances at the end of April. I will continue saying the scheduled Masses for the intentions listed in the bulletin privately.
The Archbishop has also extended the dispensation to attend Sunday Mass until May 31. That means don’t feel guilty when we resume public Masses and you are still afraid of attending because of crowds and the pandemic, and still want to be safe.
The Archbishop has also requested that we do NOT distribute palms. People need to stay home. So I will NOT have palms available as previously planned. My apologies. I will hold onto palms and have the dried palms available when we can gather together again.
I will be putting the ‘White Books’ with Easter Season prayers in the ‘church boxes’ at our St. Peter Church Site and St. Mary Church Site.
When I get information regarding the Archdiocese and their live streaming of Holy Thursday and Good Friday and Holy Saturday services I will pass that to you thru email and our parish website.
I will continue to put our weekly bulletins and Catholic Heralds in these boxes too.
The Archbishop will be celebrating a broadcast mass on Easter Sunday morning at 11:00 am on Channel 12.
We, too will live stream an Easter Morning Mass at 9:00 am.
Be safe and healthy. Stay home.
Our prayers are with you and for you in this unprecedented time.