Good and gracious Lord,
you destroy war and put down earthly pride,
you banish violence from our midst
and wipe away our tears.
On this Memorial Day,
we humbly pray to you God of power and mercy
for those men and women who courageously
laid down their lives
for the cause of freedom.
Bring them safely into your kingdom
of justice and peace to live with you forever.
May the examples of their sacrifice inspire in us
the selfless love of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Bless the families of our fallen troops,
and fill their homes and their lives
with your strength, comfort and peace.
Please embolden us to answer the call
to work for lasting peace and true justice,
and thus seek an end to violence and conflict
in the world you created be good,
so that we may all deserve to be called
your sons and daughters.
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY to all of you. As a special gift you are invited to stop at our church and pick up a music sheet with the most popular patriotic songs and their history.
You can also watch on our parish Facebook page a short service consisting of singing, beautiful organ music, and prayer.
According to the Bishop’s directives, issued on May 20, 2020, priests may resume the public celebration of Reconciliation beginning on May 23, 2020.
The Distribution of Holy Communion to the faithful may begin on June 1, 2020, while continuing the celebration of private Masses.
The celebration of public Masses may resume on the weekend of June 13-14, 2020.
All clergy have received the directives below from Bishop Mark, parishioners will receive further updates from their parish.
Bishop Mark asks the faithful to continue being patient as the sacraments are made available, and he assures parishioners that the appropriate training measures and safety precautions will occur.
“We rejoice at the progress being made, and we continue to pray for one another in the days ahead,” said the Bishop.
RESUMPTION OF PUBLICLY SCHEDULED CONFESSIONS
Beginning Saturday, May 23, 2020, pastors and administrators may resume the regular public celebration of the Sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation with these requirements:
DISTRIBUTION OF HOLY COMMUNION AND PUBLIC CELEBRATION OF MASS
Pastors and administrators may begin the distribution of Holy Communion to the faithful on June 1, 2020, while continuing the celebration of private Masses.
Beginning June 14, 2020, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi Sunday), pastors and administrators may begin the public celebration of Mass while continuing the Distribution of Holy Communion according to the same directives.
Changes to these directives may occur based on the further spread or mitigation of COVID-19.