MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2020
Dear Parish Families,
On Friday of this week, Archbishop Hebda sent a letter to all of the priests of the Archdiocese. In it, he thanked us for our ongoing ministry during the pandemic and for our commitment to following the COVID-19 safety protocols instituted by the Archdiocese and public health officials.
Due to the surge in cases – including deaths and hospitalizations – he has asked us to pause, postpone or move virtually, all of our non-sacramental activities between now and Christmas. Out of love for our sisters and brothers and the common good, parish leadership has decided to make the following changes to SJN activities:
· Bible study – virtual only – contact firstname.lastname@example.org
· Family formation – virtual only – contact Theresa.email@example.com
· Sunday School – virtual only – contact Theresa.firstname.lastname@example.org
· Confirmation Prep – virtual only – contact email@example.com
· Middle School Retreat – virtual only – contact firstname.lastname@example.org
· Youth Formation – virtual only – contact email@example.com
· AA – virtual only – contact firstname.lastname@example.org
· Alanon – virtual only – contact email@example.com
· Seniors in the Know – virtual only – contact firstname.lastname@example.org
· CourAGEous Women – virtual only – contact email@example.com
JUSTICE AND CHARITY
· SJN Book club – virtual only – contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Most importantly, we will continue to celebrate the Mass both in-person and online. The dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation continues, so if you are in an at-risk category (older than 65, have compromised health, etc.) you are encouraged to worship with us virtually.
Also, remember to stay home if you are not feeling well, if you have been exposed to someone who tested positive for Covid-19, or if you are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. We believe these small sacrifices are vital to minimizing the spread of the virus and to keep our parishes open for Mass, confessions, weddings and other sacraments. Archbishop Hebda recorded a video message for you, the faithful, as well. You may watch it here.
We pray you have a healthy and blessed Thanksgiving!
Fr. Tony O'Neill