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 Our Parish

 

Weekend of February 27th and 28th:

Responses for February 27th and 28th weekend masses are due by Thursday  2/25/2021 Noon. 

5:00pm Mass Saturday February 27, 2021:
 
8:00am Mass Sunday February 28, 2021:
 
11:00am Mass Sunday February 28, 2021;
 
 
Reservation are Only for weekend Masses.

Email reservations must be in by 12 Noon Thursday for weekend Masses, If you miss the deadline, call the parish office by 1PM Friday. Otherwise, come to Mass and ushers will try to seat you. Thank you for all your help and support.

Dear Friends,

General Reminder:

  • When inside or outside the Church, EVERYONE MUST ADHERE TO SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES

Outside the Church:

  • The Mass audio will be played through the exterior speakers of the church. You can sit anywhere within 100 feet of the church and still clearly hear the Mass, so feel free to bring some lawn chairs and celebrate Mass outside.
  • The Mass audio will also be broadcast around the church on 105.1 FM. 
    • The reception in the parking lot is good overall, but there are spots where it is not. Test your reception as you find your parking space. We ask that the front parking spaces be reserved for those who are attending Mass from their car.
  • After distributing communion to those inside, Father will go outside near the main entrance of the church to distribute communion to all who attend the Mass outside.

Inside the Church:

  • Risk Management for the Diocese of Arlington has informed us that FACE COVERINGS ARE STRICTLY REQUIRED INSIDE THE CHURCH. The only exception is for very small children. If possible, please bring your own mask. If for some reason you come without a mask we may be able to provide one for you. Some of our generous parishioners have made and donated extra masks, you are welcome to take one as long as supplies last. 
  • A map is provided with the location of your reserved seats. If this is confusing, ushers will help you find your place. 
  • The flow of the Mass will be normal. You will go to communion as usual, but social distancing must be kept in mind at all times. Markings are placed on the floor to help you keep socially distant. Even those who are not receiving communion are asked to exit the pew and follow the path of the communicants in order to avoid having to be stepped-over by others returning from communion. 
  • During the dismissal from Mass, ushers will dismiss the back rows first in order to allow everyone to safely exit the church.  
    • You can also exit the side doors in the Church. They will be open at all times during and after Mass.

Please call or email if you have any questions.

Please remember the bishop has dispensed the faithful from their obligation to attend Mass, and that dispensation will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.  That means absolutely no one HAS to attend Mass.   

 All questions, concerns, suggestions are welcome.

Your Servant in Christ,

Fr. Staples

Pastor’s Reflection for The First Sunday of Lent

A few years ago, I was asked by a parishioner, “Why do Catholics put ashes on their heads and afflict themselves with fasting? What good does this do? It seems morbid to me; I don’t need that.” I ask you, how would you answer our questioning friend? We might begin by asking: why did Jesus fast and subject himself to suffering in the desert? Certainly, he didn’t need that . . . or did he? In this week’s Gospel (Mk 1:12—15), we are reminded that Jesus embraced forty days of fasting and discomfort in the desert at the prompting of the Holy Spirit: “The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him.” In the Second Reading (1 Peter 3:18-22), St. Peter tells us why: “Beloved, Christ suffered for sins once, the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous, that he might lead you to God.” The fact is, Jesus was compelled to suffer not for himself, but for us! St Thomas Aquinas wrote, “Jesus went to the desert as to a field of battle.” He was battling for our salvation (and won the victory!) precisely by embracing a 40 day fast, enduring the cruelty of life in an untamed desert and subjecting himself to the full-scale temptations of Satan…. Continue reading by clicking here.

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Our Readers, Eucharistic Ministers Ushers & Altar Servers

Saturday    Readers/EM:  Reader : Daniel Strogis

February 27   Ushers:  Patricia Harbin

                Sanitizing Team: Debra & John Clemente

5:00 pm    Altar Server:

Sunday     Readers/EM: Reader : James Dillon

February 28  Ushers: Jean Macinnis, Steve Szymczak

               Sanitizing Team: Bill Buono, Ashley Candler

8:00 am     Altar Servers:

Sunday      Readers/EM: Reader : Carolyn Comes

February 28  Ushers: Craig Lawson, Mark Primeau

              Sanitizer Team:  Lin Harris, Sally & Dan Poppe

11:00 am   Altar Servers:

Counters: Tina & Chris Riley, Carolyn & Brad Comes

 

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Saturday   Readers/EM: Reader: Michael Critzer

March  6    Ushers : Patricia Harbin

                     Sanitizer Team: Patty & Rick Anderson

5:00 pm     Altar Servers:

Sunday     Readers: Mary Ann Behnke

March   7   Ushers: Terry & Bob McMahon

8:00 am     Altar Servers:

                 Sanitizer Team: Linda Auth, Charmaine Hogan

Sunday     Readers: Carol keeney,

March  7   Ushers: Jesse Evans, Mike DeSimone

11:00 am   Altar Servers: 

                   Sanitizing Team: Christine & Mike DeSimone

Counters: Tina & Chris Riley, Carolyn & Brad Comes

Upcoming Events

Saturday, February 20

  • LOM Rosary – 4:30pm
  • Mass – 5:00pm / Reservations

Sunday, February 21, First Sunday of Lent 

  • Mass – 8:00 am /Reservations
  • CCD 9:15am 4/6
  • Choir – 10:30 am 
  • Drive Thru Confession – 7:15 am to 7:45 and 10:15 am to 10:45 am
  • Mass – 11:00 am /Reservation
  • Women’s Ensemble

Monday, February 22

  • Mass – 8:30 am
  • Church open for Silent Prayer 9:00am – 9:00pm
  • Drive thru Confession – 7:15am to 7:45am
  • Officed Closed

Tuesday, February 23

  • Mass – 8:30 am
  • Church open for Silent Prayer 9:00am – 9:00pm 
  • Drive thru Confession – 7:15am to 7:45 am
  • Women of Grace – 9:30 am Cancelled
  • RCIA – 7:00pm

Wednesday, February 24

  • Calix – 8:30 am / Zoom
  • Church open for Silent Prayer 9:00am – 9:00pm
  • Drive thru Confession – 11:45 am to 12:00 Noon
  • Mass  – 12:15 pm 
  • Drive thru Confession – 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Thursday,  February 25

  • Office closed
  • Church open for Silent Prayer 9:00am – 9:00pm
  • Legion of Mary 3:00pm

Friday, February 26

  • church open for Silent Prayer 9:00am – 9:00pm
  • LOM Rosary – 11:45am
  • Mass – 12:15pm
  • Adoration – 1:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Stations of the Cross – 6:30pm
  • CCD – Confirmation Zoom 7:00pm

Saturday, February 27                                                                                           

  • Church open from 9:00am – 9:00pm
  • Funeral 11:00 am
  • LOM Rosary – 4:30 pm
  • Mass – 5:00pm

Sunday, February 28, Second Sunday of Lent

  • Mass – 8:00 am /Reservations
  • CCD – 9:15am CCD K/1/2
  • Choir – 10:30am
  • Drive Thru Confession – 7:15 am to 7:45 am and 10:15 am to 10:45 am
  • Mass – 11:00 am/Reservations
  • Church is open for Silent Prayer 9:00am – 9:00pm