Dear Holy Family Catholic Community Parishioners,
This week, we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, which signifies that it is the last Sunday of the Liturgical year. We hear in the Gospel passage (Matthew 25:31-46) Jesus telling us about when the Son of Man comes into His glory and how he will judge us. In this passage, He judges us on our care for Him and how we have fed, clothed, and cared for others, in His name.
Today there is a special collection for Catholic Charities of Central Florida. As you can imagine, knowing the difficulties in dealing with the hassles of Covid-19 in our modern world and handling the losses this pandemic has caused for so many in our area alone, Catholic Charities is a beacon of hope for so many people who have found themselves without jobs, homes, and even food. Our help and support are greatly needed for these members of our community, especially as we approach the holiday season. Donations may be given online or in person with your envelope, stating that the donation is going to Catholic Charities of Central Florida.
This week we also celebrate Thanksgiving. It is the only governmental celebration where one cannot ignore God, as who else would we be giving thanks to? There is only one celebration of Mass on that day (no 6:45 or 8:30 Mass), and that will be at 10 a.m., giving you a chance to put the turkey in the oven! I pray that you have a Blessed and safe celebration. May God see us through our difficulties, and may we truly realize that we still have many things to be thankful to God for.
I would like to remind you that the Church is open for private prayer after the 8:30 a.m. Mass until 11 a.m. (Monday thru Fridays), and that there is a one-hour Exposition of the Eucharist for private prayer on Tuesdays. The time of the Exposition begins at 9:30 a.m. and lasts until 10:30 a.m. I encourage you to spend that time praying for the end of the pandemic and for God’s guidance for our country in our present world.
I am glad so many of you are being cautious, as your concern will slow the progression of this pandemic down. I can only stress with you our caution and concern for your safety. If you are elderly or have any symptoms of illness or do not feel comfortable in getting outside your home at this time, please stay home for your own safety and that of others. The Bishop continues granting the dispensation from the requirement of attending Sunday Mass, so the Church at this point does not consider your staying home sinful. Although, it is good practice to find time to pray on Sunday and participate virtually in the Mass. The dispensation is not to be taken as an opportunity to drop all prayer and religion. We will still be showing the Mass on CCTN, TV45, YouTube, and Facebook. Masses for this Sunday will be celebrated on Saturday evening (Vigil Mass) at 5 p.m. and on Sunday at 8:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 5 p.m. and can be seen on our parish livestream, in real time. We continue practicing safe distancing in the Church which restricts the amount of people we can have in the Church and requiring attendees to wear masks during the whole service.
We are also celebrating daily Masses at 6:45 a.m. (Monday thru Friday) and 8:30 a.m. (Monday thru Saturday), with Confession (in the cry rooms) after the 8:30 a.m. Masses and at 4 p.m. on Saturdays, prior to the 5 p.m. Vigil Mass. Please help us spread the news that our Daily Mass is now being televised on CCTN, on the Good-Life Channel 45 at 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday. I want to thank those who donated to make this daily Mass available for our community.
Please know that I am most concerned about you and all of those attending, as well those praying with us “virtually.” I continually pray that the difficulties in our present world will make us stronger and lead us to a greater love for the God who cares so much for us. May God continue to walk with you on this journey of life.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Very Rev. John C. Giel, V.G Pastor