Greetings Our Lady of the Greenwood!
The Feast of Corpus Christi
This weekend we are celebrating the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ and we will be having a “social distance procession” around the church after the 12:00pm Mass. Currently this is our Spanish Mass but I will offer the Gospel in English and Spanish and a short homily in English and Spanish in case you may want to participate in the Mass but don’t speak Spanish. You can also just show up around 1:00pm and come for the procession. Our church currently has the same 185-person capacity and we will do our best to accommodate as many as possible but please be advised we still have to follow all the cleaning and social distancing rules from the Archdiocese and the CDC. In the procession we are asking families and friends to process together but these groups should remain at least six feet away from each other during the procession. The procession will begin right after Mass and proceed out the main west doors all the way around the church and school, and back to the west entrance. From there we will return to the sanctuary where we will conclude with a brief period of Adoration that will conclude right before our 5:00pm Mass.
Let us use this time with our Lord to pray for racial harmony, equality, and justice in our country. If you have a chance I invite you to read my letter in this Sunday’s bulletin on this topic.
Worship and Sacraments: Currently we are following the same restrictions that the Archdiocese has given us and there has been no change in the amount of people we can have in the Church at any given time. However, under these guidelines and taking the appropriate precautions we are able to offer:
- Mass fifteen times a week (see bulletin for schedule)
- The Sacrament of Reconciliation two times a day Monday – Saturday
- Anointing of the Sick when requested (may depend on hospital guidelines)
- Communion (anytime, particularly if you are not able to attend Mass during this time)
Please know that we are still desiring that you wear masks, clean and sanitize the pews, and to take your own precautions of regular use of sanitizer and handwashing. Remember if you feel sick or have any symptoms of coronavirus please stay home, but give us a call so we can touch base with you and pray with you and make sure you are doing OK.
Office: Our office is currently open and we are taking appointments. We are asking that you email or call us to make an appointment before coming so we can have space ready and be prepared to receive you.
Meetings, programs, school and church building use: We are looking at opening things up again sometime around July 1st. I am fairly certain there will be guidelines for us to follow but we are going to do what we can to make space available. Some things are opening up a little bit (baptismal preparation for example) but other groups who meet regularly we are asking to wait until after July. School has a whole different set of guidelines they must follow to prepare for the school year, so our use of this space during the summer may be limited. We hope to have better information closer to July.
A few other notes
Fr. Vinny is away on retreat this week so we will be on an abbreviated Mass schedule. Please see the bulletin for details and keep Fr. Vinny in your prayers.
Our Feast Day (Our Lady of the Rosary) is on October 7th and since we were unable to have our festival this year we are desiring to plan a small fall festival the weekend before. We would hope it could include some food booths, music, arts, crafts and an opportunity to participate in a living rosary (my favorite idea). We do need help coordinating this and so if interested in serving on a planning committee let me know. We are hoping to have it be a nice way for our community to gather and perhaps raise a little a money for our parish.
This past week we had somebody come to start gathering the specifications so that we can begin the process of taking bids for a new roof for the church. A new roof is a need that was expressed to me upon my arrival here and we are starting that process now.
Finally, as many of you know our youth minister Patty Schnarr has been diagnosed with cancer. Last week a quite few families and members of the youth ministry team paid Patty a surprise social distance visit to offer her prayer and support. Please keep her and her family in your prayers and that she may be cured.
That is all for now!