Our Pastor's Messages
June 4, 2020
Some updates for you:
PANDEMIC SAFETY OFFICERS
Each parish in the diocese was asked to name a "pandemic safety officer" who will guide our re-introduction of Masses. Our officers are Regina Jendzeizyk from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Viola Metz from St. Adalbert Parish, and Diana Busse from St. Paul the Apostle Parish. They have my blessing and permission to guide and correct us on our path to remain as healthy as possible while gathering as the Body of Christ.
In addition to Toni LaFond, our Pastoral Associate for Administration, and our fine ushers, the pandemic safety officers provided us with excellent guidance and direction for our first experience of the plan to receive holy communion outside, which was on Pentecost Sunday, the birthday of the Church. Thank you to all for making it flow very smoothly. Great energy was expended in short time to make this Pentecost experience possible: thank God for this gift that will continue for the time being.
HOLY COMMUNION OUTDOORS
Even though we cannot gather for Mass as of this writing, there is a path by which we can receive holy communion. While the usual weekend Mass is taking place inside (but without an assembly right now) it is possible for you to drive into our parking lots, participating by streaming the Mass on your portable devices. But, it is important that you remain in your cars while in our parking lot until directed by an usher to come forward for communion.
The unconsecrated hosts are opened from a plastic sleeve and go right into the disinfected ciborium untouched by anyone. Then, the lid goes on top of the ciborium where it remains even during Mass and consecration. After Mass is over, I go to the sacristy and wash my hands in warm water while singing two verses of, "Holy God, We Praise Thy Name" (aren't you glad that there's no crowd inside the church to hear me attempt to sing?). Then, I put on a mask and walk back into the church, taking up the ciborium; lastly, I walk outside to serve you holy communion.
We all practice social distancing (six feet of distance at least) and wear masks. During the playing of the streamed Mass in our vehicles, we don't play other music or audio so as not to disrupt the experiences of others. We also do not leave our cars until instructed by an usher. Eight people at one time are invited to come forward to receive our Lord in holy communion. Then, we return to our cars and depart.
Please join us at 4:00 PM on Saturday or 8:00 AM on Sunday at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 9:30 AM on Sunday at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, or 11:00 AM on Sunday at the Church of St. Adalbert.
God's peace be with you,
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