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14 May 2020
Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle
After almost two months we have officially begun celebrating public Masses at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist! Deo Gratias!
In last week’s newsletter I announced the Mass schedule and outlined the procedures that we will do to sanitize the lower chapel and pubic areas following each Mass. You may
Our parish Mass schedule, effective this week:
We are limited to 35 people at Mass due to current social distancing requirements and, therefore, the three weekend Masses will be streamed live. I also want to make sure that everyone who wants to receive Holy Communion are able to do so. The Holy Eucharist will be distributed at the end of Mass: those in the chapel will receive first and then those who may be outside. I do encourage you to consider viewing the weekend Masses on your smart phones from the parking lot… or sitting on the front steps… or bring a lawn chair or blanket and sit on the Cathedral lawn. The weather has been so amazing it could be a very beautiful experience: recall the Gospel of John Chapter 6: Our Lord had the crowd sit down in groups on the grass overlooking the Sea of Galilee at the multiplication of loaves and fishes. It’s important for us as Christians to stay connected to each other in person as much as we can (of course, observing all social distancing norms) and not just “virtually” on social media. Gathering on the Cathedral campus… and being able to receive Our Eucharistic Lord… while maintaining all the current social distancing norms is one important way we can do so.
A few notes to remember:
Other parish updates:
Please be sure to keep Deacon Charles and Mary Olimpio in your prayers. A week ago Sunday when returning from a walk they found their home on fire. The firefighters had already arrived. Thankfully, no one was in the house but they will be displaced for about 6 months as they rebuild. If you would like to send them a card you may send it to the parish office and we will be sure that they receive them.
The Cathedral repainting project continues to make exciting progress as the actual color is being applied to the main sanctuary walls and side aisle ceilings. Unfortunately, the completion date as moved to the end of July. The impact of the pandemic has caught up with us and there are some significant delays with some of the production and delivery of the new LED lights. The scaffolding is scheduled to begin dismantled on 29 June. The process will take several weeks and then the new sound system will be installed.
Given all of the above, I will close with a quote from Joseph Addison: “If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.”
Msgr. Steve Brovey
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