Greetings Our Lady of the Greenwood!
This weekend we celebrate Pentecost Sunday and celebrate the birth of the Church. Pentecost is a great day to remember the primary mission of the Church to sharing the Good News of God’s love and mercy to all the world. In his weekly letter to us, Archbishop Thompson re-emphasized the importance of this to us and the how the Church is called to share the Gospel in all circumstances. He makes frequent reference to a great document from Pope Paul VI “On Evangelization in the Modern World” and the call each of us have to share the Gospel. We don’t just come to Church we are sent forth from Church to offer God’s love to others.
There are a few items I want you to be aware of as we celebrate this feast and continue our return to worshiping together.
- Please be reminded that we still have to follow all social distance and cleaning guidelines of the CDC and the Archdiocese. I would really like to encourage everyone to please wear masks when you come to Church. This helps not only keep you safe, but if you have been exposed it keeps you from potentially infecting others. The maximum number of persons we can fit in the Church is 185 people. As people begin to feel more comfortable coming to Church please know that we might not be able to fit you in, but we will do our best. Remember there is no Sunday Obligation and we have fifteen Masses available for you to attend at the following times:
- M-F 7:30am and 5:45pm (English w/Spanish Gospel and bi-lingual homily)
- Saturday 7:30am and 5:30pm vigil for Sunday (English)
- Sunday 8, 10, English, 12pm Spanish, 5pm English
- Next Sunday, June 7th at the 10am and 12pm Please know that we will need around 40 seats at for our catechumens who are coming into the Church, so there may be a little less room than normal. We are excited to be welcoming our catechumens into the Church! They have had to wait a long time for this. Please keep them in prayer as they receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist.
- We are working on a plan to begin Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on a regular basis with a future plan of returning to having Perpetual Adoration available later on in the summer. Right now, we are working finding the right location. We will have more information on this next week.
- We are happy to announce a schedule for all of our young people to make their First Communion! You will occasionally see some rows reserved for these families at all of our Masses. We are thankful for all the time and effort our parents and catechists have given to helping prepare our young people. While things are not what we planned, it is also good to remember that receiving Christ in this time of difficulty and suffering helps us remember the Sacrifice of Christ that is part of every celebration of the Eucharist.
Have a blessed weekend and know of my prayers for all of you!