This weekend begins the annual appeal for Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, which we priests, fondly call Overbrook. As you may have heard, the Seminary will be moving off its present campus to another location, which is still to be determined. The costs associated with the present location have become too burdensome to continue operations there. But the good news is that Saint Charles Borromeo will continue its vital ministry of forming priests for service in the Church as well as training deacons for ministry and educating our laity.
Next weekend, Sang Woo Chi, studying for our Archdiocese and who spent last summer with us as part of his Seminary formation will speak about the Appeal at all the Masses. Sang and two other seminarians are here this school year on Thursdays as part of their formation.
The Seminary Appeal information was mailed to your homes. We also included an envelope in our bimonthly packet as a convenience. You may mail your donation in directly or drop it in the basket at Church. Thank you for your generous support of the Seminary.
The Archdiocese recently shared some guidelines regarding the upcoming celebration of Christmas Masses. The obligation to attend Mass continues to be dispensed and will be for the foreseeable future. Here, we have been diligently discussing and planning for this great Feast in the midst of coronavirus realities for several weeks now. We will keep you posted about details for your personal planning.
One of the very encouraging items shared in that webinar is that “there has not been a known traceable instance of contracting COVID-19 through attending Mass or receiving Holy Communion in the Archdiocese.” We continue to follow protocols for sanitizing, social distancing and numbers of occupancy. You will notice that we have now gone to every other pew for seating. This is in accord with the Archdiocesan suggestion which provides for social distancing. Please respect the taped off pews and do not rearrange the tape. Thank you. Together, with continued patience and perseverance, we will all get through this.
Additionally, you will notice that the Holy Water has been restored. The virus is not spread through water. The fonts are changed out and cleaned regularly. If you wish to take Holy Water home, the silver container of Holy Water is available near the baptismal pool once again.
God bless you, God love you,