Dear Holy Family Catholic Community Parishioners,
This week we celebrate the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time, and it is Catechetical Sunday. This is the Sunday in which we generally give a special blessing at the end of Mass to our Catechists. But, considering the situation that our world is in, and the use of virtual learning, we will be asking all our parents and Catechists to stand to receive this special blessing since our parents are truly the first Catechists for their children. The Gospel (Matthew 20:1‑16A) passage this Sunday speaks of the parable of the landowner who sends his servant out to obtain laborers numerous times during the day. Jesus likens this parable to the “Kingdom of heaven,” and at the end of the parable, we learn of the Master’s generosity and love for those working for Him. How appropriate this is for all those who teach (who work in the fields of faith) and show an example of God’s love to others!
The Bishops of the United States have asked for a special collection for the numerous disasters that have occurred throughout the world over these past months. The tragedy in Lebanon, the Hurricanes in the gulf, the fires in California are just a few to name. As we are not taking up collections in the Church at present, if you are so moved to give to those who have been affected by these disasters, over the next few weeks, you may go to Holy Family’s Online Giving portal (click here), to make a special donation to disaster relief, or you may leave an envelope or check to Holy Family in the collection boxes, noting that the money is to go to the Disaster Relief collection.
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 Adoration/Benediction service for private prayer on Tuesdays, which is available to anyone in the Church from 10 to 11 a.m. I encourage you to spend that time praying for the end of the pandemic and for God’s guidance to state of our present world. The Church is closed immediately after 8:30 a.m. Mass on Saturdays for security.
We have heard from a lot of our ministries who are anxious in getting started and wanting space in our facilities, but considering the present situation, we presently are only allowing the groups to have “zoom” or other virtual meetings. 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