Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Just a brief note of encouragement with the hope that all of you are well. These are hard and strange times but God is with us through it all. We, like you, are trying to wade through these unchartered waters trusting in the Lord. He is with us. Here are a few things I would like to communicate to all of you.
1. I know that some churches have left their doors open for prayer as long as people keep the proper distances. I wanted to leave our chapel open but the reduced space does not allow us to do so for your own protection and we cannot leave the main church open for reasons of security as well. We can all unite ourselves to Jesus however through spiritual communions and prayer. Please be patient and trust in the Lord.
2. Mass is being lived streamed on Sundays at 9:00 in Spanish and 11:00 in English. We are not allowed to celebrate at this time with the public present and the Diocese of Phoenix has stated: “The Sunday Mass obligation is dispensed by Bishop Olmsted for all Catholics residing in or visiting the Diocese of Phoenix.” When watching the Mass online, please remember to have a posture of prayers and recollection. We are saying the Mass intentions that were scheduled during our private Masses each day.
3. We are offering “drive by” confessions outside on Saturdays from 9:00 to 10:00 and will be there until the line of cars is completely gone.
4. Weddings and funerals can be held with a maximum of 10 participants including the Priest. If someone wishes to reschedule their wedding we can work out a new date.
5. Baptisms can be done with a maximum of 10 participants but it is suggested to wait for now until this passes unless it is in the case of emergencies.
6. Confirmations will be postponed until further notice.
7. Ministries can continue to foster communication with each other through chats and online communication but all public gatherings remain suspended until further notice.
8. We will communicate about the celebrations of Holy Week in the upcoming week.
9. Continue to pray together as a family and take advantage of the lenten commitment we made as a parish to read the Word of God.
10. Those who wish to keep up with there weekly contribution can do so. We are sending our a separate message with information about online giving.
Through the Cross of Christ came the Resurrection. I pray that we too will embrace the Cross and arrive with Him to the glory he has prepared for us.
Count on our prayers and thank you for yours.
Sincerely in Christ,
Father Thomas Bennett