Happy Trinity Sunday! It is the last weekend of private Mass celebrations. We begin public celebration of Mass on Monday, June 8 at 9 AM in the main Church. We will not have the 6:30 weekday Mass immediately so as to assess how we are able to clean and sanitize on a daily basis. We look forward to starting that Mass as well.
Information about reopening public celebration of Mass was sent this past week via Constant Contact as well as by mail to your homes. It is a lot of information but vitally important. Due to the need for cleaning/sanitizing after each Mass, the Mass schedule has been adjusted and the number of weekend Masses lessened. We will not be celebrating a Mass at 7 PM Sunday evenings for the time being. As we shared before, all requested Mass intentions will be fulfilled by our priests, even if they are fulfilled privately.
The obligation to attend Sunday Mass was lifted by the Archbishop months ago and continues to be lifted. You are not obliged to attend Sunday or Holy Day Masses at this time. We will continue to live stream Mass at 10 AM on Sundays. Those
who are at greater risk, those with underlying health issues, those who do not feel well should not come to Mass nor enter into crowds of people. We continue to pray for success in finding vaccines and medications to overcome this coronavirus.
The situation is fluid and changes frequently. We are cooperating with the Archdiocese and government officials in everyone’s efforts to mitigate as much risk as possible. But it is evident that there are risks when people gather together at this time. Please continue to be cautious and remain safe.
The details surrounding the resumption of public celebrations of Mass can be a bit daunting. I am grateful for our parish staff, leadership team and the many folks who are volunteering to help us and to help you navigate this period of time. We anticipate that there will be a few bumps along the way but are committed to doing all we can to ensure safety for the proper worship of God in Holy Mass.
This weekend, we welcome to Saint Eleanor Sang Woo Chi, one of our seminarians for our Archdiocese. Sang will be instituted as an Acolyte in the Fall. He is here as part of the Seminary Formation so as to experience every day pastoral life. We are happy to welcome him and to have him with us. Please offer him the traditional warm welcome of Saint Eleanor parish family when you get to meet him.
This weekend we also offer a “shout out” to ALL our graduates of 2020 at every level. We are proud of each and every one of you. At our Sunday Mass we will offer a special prayer for our high school graduates, a yearly event coordinated by Matt Kirsch, our Youth Minister. While we cannot gather together with them after Mass as in past years, we will be offering a special blessing at Mass.
We are so grateful for all the young people participating in our Youth Ministry programs and for all the volunteer hours they have given to make so many of our efforts to help those in need such a success. They have continued to “gather” via Zoom during these past few months. May God bless and keep them!
God bless you, God love you,