We continue praying here at the Little Flower Parish with Private Masses
for the intentions previously scheduled and for your current intentions.
Please pray with us at your homes asking God for his grace of healing and love.
May 19, 2020
As we reopen our church for the celebration of the Mass and Sacraments with the People of God present and actively participating, we recognize that we cannot eliminate the very possible risk of infection from the novel corona virus or COVID-19. However, we are committed to mitigating the risk as much as possible. We reopen because we believe as Church that there are no substitutes for the reception of the sacraments and our first priority is to be the sign of hope and instrument of the salvation of the entire human race.
On Tuesday, May 26, our parish will resume celebrating daily Masses. However, social distancing will be required with approximately six (6) feet separation between persons (except for family members from same household); worshippers are asked to wear a face mask and to keep it on during Mass, removing it only to receive Holy Communion. Hymnals, missalettes, holy water will not be used; facilities will be sanitized between services. Hand sanitizers will be available at entrances. In entering or leaving, and in approaching the altar to receive Holy Communion please maintain proper social distance. These arrangements will take some time getting used to and so you are asked to pay attention to ushers or others who may be directing. After Mass please do not congregate inside or outside but make your way home.
During Mass, please do not hold hands (for example, during the praying of the Lord’s Prayer), or exchange the Sign of Peace. While preaching or at the altar the priest will not use a face mask, but he and other ministers will - when they distribute Holy Communion. (If anyone disagrees about the necessity of wearing a face mask, I would ask that person to wear it anyway - out of respect for and charity towards our fellow parishioners).
Social distancing will reduce the numbers of faithful that can be accommodated - perhaps only 25%-30% of our church’s usual occupancy. Our parish, with input from our Pastoral Council and Parish Staff – is planning appropriately - to assure that everyone who wishes to attend can do so.
The dispensation from the obligation of attending Mass on Sunday continues indefinitely. Good judgment and reason should guide your decision as to when you should resume coming to Sunday Mass.
If you are sick or have flu like symptoms, stay home. If you are frail because of age or are vulnerable because of an underlying condition, or you are a caretaker of someone who is, it might be reasonable for you to stay home. If you are fearful, stay home.
We do not live in a risk-free world-we never have. There is a certain amount of risk we assume when we cross a street, or when we get in our cars to go to work or even to the corner store. We can never eliminate risk completely, but prudence helps us to mitigate risk whenever and wherever possible. So, when we cross a street, we go to a crosswalk and look both ways before crossing; when we get into our car, we make sure that it is operating safely, that the brakes work, etc. and when we make a turn we use our turn signals.
The corona virus, COVID-19, has introduced new risks into our lives and until a vaccine is widely available, we will be unable to eliminate completely the risks, but we must prudently try to mitigate those risks wherever and whenever possible. For this reason, the entire world put itself into “lock down,” practicing social distance, washing hands frequently, and pretty much staying at home as much as possible. The “lock down” succeeded in as much as the spread of this very contagious virus was flattened and our hospitals were not overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases. Nevertheless, a high price was paid by all - for all were affected even if not all were infected. Our lives were upended: schools closed, public gatherings limited, millions of jobs lost - and, to be sure despite these measures, many thousands fell sick and too many of our loved ones died.
In our parish, Masses were suspended with congregation present beginning March 16. However, we never “closed.” Through livestreaming of Masses, and many other activities we strove to remain present to you, our parishioners. And while we could not celebrate Masses in church with you these past many weeks, we never failed in offering you, the people of God, your most “essential service” of prayers.
Our civic authorities throughout the United States and the world are slowly “unlocking” the various jurisdictions under their control even while scientists and medical professionals continue to urge caution. The novel corona virus is still among us - as is the risk of contagion. As we move to reopen, prudence - the ability to govern and discipline ourselves by the use of reason - must govern our actions. There is no substitute for good judgment.
Weekday Masses (Monday to Friday) at 8:00 am
Vigil Mass (Saturday) at 4:00 pm
Sunday Mass at 10:00 am
May 11, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
As we prepare to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, June 21, 2020, I think about all those inspirational men who raised us, influenced us, supported us, encouraged us and taught us how to live and how to love.
Whether they were our biological fathers, grandfathers, adopted fathers, stepfathers, fathers-in-law or men who fulfilled a role of a father in our lives; these courageous men inspired us by their love, faith, courage, kindness, compassion and perseverance in the most difficult and challenging times in our lives. Some of them continue to bless us with their presence while others have passed away to live in the house of the Lord. The best gift we can give them now is the gift of our prayer and there is no more perfect gift than the gift of the Holy Sacrifice of Mass for all fathers; living and deceased.
Those of you who receive our parish envelopes, please, fill out the names of the fathers for whom you wish to offer a special Mass on Father’s Day Weekend expressing your love and thanksgiving for everything they have done for you. For those of you who do not have parish envelopes, please use our e-giving page to write the names of all fathers and special men that you wish to include in the Holy Sacrifice of Mass on Father’s Day this year. You can mail envelopes with your donations to our office or drop them off no later than Monday, June 15.
Our fathers were there for us when we needed them the most. Let’s give them the best gift of them all – the gift of prayer in the form of a Holy Mass as a way of expressing our love and gratitude for them. Please, consider giving your fathers this wonderful gift for everything they have done for you.
With my love and prayers,
Sunday: 8AM and 11:00 AM
Confession: Saturdays 2:30 and by appointment
- Deacon Christopher Germak, Deacon
- Rhonda Turner, Director of Finance and Operations
- Dennis Roden, Director of Music Ministry
- Lori Alessandro, Administration Assistant
- Michelle May, Coordinator of Children and Family Ministry
- Lori Zimmer, Director of Adult Faith Formation
- Joseph Frangos, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry
- Melissa Smith, Sacristan
- Colleen Flanagan, Sacristy Assistant
- Joseph Snyder, Maintenance
- James Halmasy, Maintenance Assistant
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