Excitement Building

Dear Friends,

Last weekend was filled with joy and excitement! It was so good to see so many of our parish family in Church. I confess that I was rather nervous about how everything would go as we began publicly celebrating Masses. We did a lot of planning and preparation. We recruited many volunteers to assist before, during and after Mass. They are now our newest Ministry Team and we call them our Saint Eleanor Ambassadors! What a great job they did welcoming and helping.

We have arranged the Church for social distancing. There is no congregational singing and no music at the 7:30 AM Mass. The Ambassadors go through and sanitize the Church after each Mass and we allow about an hour of down time between the Masses. There is one entrance into Church through the Narthex and then one exit through the doors near the Cry Room.

May God be praised as we continue to navigate through this time of uncertainty. Please remember the obligation for Mass is suspended. Those who are ill or not feeling well are to remain at home. Those who are in a high-risk category including underlying health concerns should not enter into crowds at this time. Those who are uncomfortable for any reason should also continue to do what is necessary to stay safe and well. We look forward to our second weekend of public Masses this weekend.

On Saturday, June 20, Archbishop Perez ordained five men to the Priesthood. It was a most unique celebration due to the Covid restrictions. We are happy that these young men will begin their priestly service among us. Let’s pray for them and those whom they will serve. Pray also for vocations to the priesthood, especially from our own parish family. God is calling young men here. May they know of our support and prayers for them to respond joyfully to His invitation.

One final item ~ our live streaming efforts continue, and we want to expand them. The 10 AM Sunday Mass will continue to be live streamed. The equipment is installed and the connections for audio and video are in place. Of course, obstacles still come up now and again, but we continue to work on them as needed.

We are looking to initiate a Live Stream Team (final name of the group to be decided) and are looking to recruit volunteers to help us use the equipment and to expand its use to other events as well. Training will be provided. If interested, please call or email the parish office.

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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