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UPDATED, Friday, Aug. 7, 3:38 p.m
Many of you have noted that you have missed the opportunity of adoration since the Adoration Chapel has been closed (due to the Chapel’s inability to provide adequate “social distancing” and at the request of the Bishop) and will not be opened until we have the Bishop’s approval. Therefore, starting this Tuesday, there will be a one-hour Adoration/ Benediction service for private prayer available in the Church from 10-11 a.m. every Tuesday.
Starting Monday, July 6, CCTN will begin broadcasting Daily Masses on TV45 Good Life TV at 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Click here for more info.
Recent notification from Orange County Mayor Demings requires all individuals to wear face masks in public gatherings.
As most of you have heard, a new county directive has been put in place regarding wearing face masks in public. Because of the recent upswing of cases reported, we want to be mindful of the health and safety of all concerned and comply with the CDC guidelines. Following communications with the Diocese, we have determined that those churches in incorporated and unincorporated Orange County will be required to comply with the Order mandated by Mayor Demings. The new Order becomes effective June 20.
Thank you to all those who of you are already complying with the CDC guidelines.
Beginning with all Masses this weekend, June 20 & 21, ALL PARISHIONERS attending services at Holy Family will be required to wear a face mask during the celebration of Mass.
We invite you to continue to pray for those affected by COVID-19, and for the healing that is needed to move past this pandemic. We truly appreciate your cooperation as we try to keep our community and those around us healthy.
Specifically, the Order states:
- Section 1. Definition. Face Covering shall mean a uniform piece of material that securely covers a person’s nose and mouth and remains affixed in place without the use of one’s hands.
- Section 2. Face Coverings Required. Every person working, living, visiting, or doing business in Orange County is required to wear a Face Covering consistent with the current CDC guideline while in any public place.
Relevant Exceptions include:
- Section 3. Exceptions Nothing herein shall require the wearing of face coverings by the following people:
- 1. Persons under the age of two years old; or
- 2. Persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition;
A copy of the Orange County Order can be found here: https://www.orangecountyfl.net/portals/0/library/Emergency-Safety/docs/coronavirus/2020-23%20EEO.pdf.
Holy Family has begun the process of reopening and recovery from the coronavirus. View the video below for Fr. John’s message with full details regarding this reopening.
Plans for return
- (Note: Each of these plans will be reviewed and may be changed. Each successive step relies on the success of the previous one. We ask that you follow social distancing and directions of any who are tasked with guiding this social distancing.)
- Sunday Masses are back. Masses will be limited to no more than 300. Mass times will be reviewed each week and may change.
- Since June 13-14, Mass times are:
- Saturday at 5 p.m.
- Sunday at 8:45 a.m.
- Sunday at 12:15 p.m.
- Sunday at 5 p.m.
- Bishop Noonan has continued to grant dispensation from required Sunday attendance. If you are elderly, have any symptoms of illness or do not feel comfortable getting outside, please stay home for your safety and that of others.
- If you decide to attend Sunday:Know that you will be greeted at the door and encouraged to wear a face mask.
- You will be seated by an usher to a place in the church, so we can make the best use of space available and still keep proper distancing. Please honor the requests by the ushers, as they are acting upon guidance from clergy.
- You will be led by an usher at the reception of Communion to a proper station, which will be slightly different. Communion will be received during Mass only in the hand. You will be escorted back to your seat by the ushers.
- At the end of Mass, the church will be emptied by rows guided by the ushers. We stress that you do not congregate in the narthex, church or parking lots in order to maintain safe distancing.
- Since June 13-14, Mass times are:
- Holy Family has returned to its regular Daily Mass schedule – Monday-Friday at 6:45 a.m. and Monday-Saturday 8:30 a.m. Safety measures will be in place.
- Confessions are available in the cry rooms after the 8:30 a.m. Daily Mass Monday-Saturday and at 4 p.m. Saturday before the Vigil Mass. Lines are set up to denote social distancing.
- Starting June 8, doors will open Monday-Friday for 6:45 a.m. Mass and will remain open until 11 a.m. for private visitation of the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle. Social distancing must be maintained.
- The Holy Family Gift & Book Store and Adoration Chapel remain closed until further notice. Other parts of parish life will be on hold until further notice.
- For funeral needs and pastoral care, call the Parish Office at 407-876-2211; voicemail will be checked regularly and messages will be returned.
- Our priests will celebrate Masses, which will be posted to CCTN’s Youtube (youtube.com/cctntv) and Facebook (facebook.com/cctnmedia) pages. The Sunday Masses will also be broadcast at 2 p.m. on Good Life 45. Good Life 45 is available on Spectrum Chs. 1045, 19; Xfinity Ch. 439, 17; DirecTV or Dish Ch. 45. Starting Monday, July 6, Daily Masses will be broadcast on Good Life 45 at 5 p.m.
- St. Vincent de Paul will remain open to distribute only food BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Upon arrival, volunteers will bring the food out to the recipients’ cars; there will be NO entry into the food pantry and NO person-to-person counseling until further notice.
There are many other sources of prayer one can pray as a Catholic when participation at Mass is impossible. Below are some suggestions for praying with the Church:
WATCH THE MASS ON TV
Instead of just praying a single prayer of Spiritual Communion, do so within a broader context of prayer that includes Scripture, etc.
You may also do that within a context that includes others in your household, thereby emphasizing the importance of community. For example:
- Begin the prayer the way all Catholics begin prayer, with the sign of the cross.
- Read out loud the Readings for the day. (Click here, then click the date on the calendar in top right).
- Pray the Lord’s Prayer.
- Pray a prayer of spiritual communion.
- Conclude the prayer with the sign of the cross.
LITURGY OF THE HOURS
Praying the Liturgy of the Hours, especially when one cannot participate at Mass, is a wonderful way to pray along with the entire church. Vatican Council II restored this prayer to be prayed by the laity as well as priests and religious. “The liturgy of the Hours is a public prayer of the Church and is a source of piety and nourishment for personal prayer.” The purpose of the Liturgy of the Hours is to “sanctify the day and all human activity.”
Praying the Liturgy of the Hours is a very ancient tradition of the Church. It allows us to engage in prayer as our day begins, during the course of the day and as the day ends.
Morning and Evening Prayer are the two most important hours of the day. This prayer is online for daily use at iBreviary.org.