Dear Holy Family Catholic Community Parishioners,
This Sunday we celebrate the 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time and are in the midst of the July 4th weekend. Believe it or not, the Gospel from Matthew this Sunday is used in numerous Funeral Ceremonies, the reason being that it has Jesus speaking words of encouragement in His prayer to the Father. The phrase “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give your rest,” makes you wonder if it was written for us living in 2020. It is a blessed reminder that Jesus cares and comforts us in our difficulties. This is a great week to acknowledge our pains and fears and know that Christ is there walking with us – if we only put our trust in Him.
Considering the spike in Covid-19 cases these past weeks, it is no surprise that our numbers attending Mass in person have been down. Therefore, we will be holding to our present schedule for Sunday Masses these weekends. I am glad so many of you are being cautious, as your concern will slow down the progression of this pandemic. I can only stress with you our caution and concern for your safety. Once again, I note that 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. 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., 12:15 p.m. and 5 p.m., and can be seen on our parish Live-stream, in real time. We continue practicing safe distancing in the Church, which restricts the amount of people we can have in the Church to around 300.
We are continuing our regular daily Mass schedule of 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 5:00 PM Mass. The big news though, is that the 8:30 a.m. Daily Mass is scheduled, starting this Monday, July 6, to be televised on CCTN, on the Good-Life Channel 45 at 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday. So now, before you turn on the News, you can take a half-hour to pray with us the Daily Mass and prepare yourself before you hear what difficulties the world is dealing with! 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