Saint Patrick Church News
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REOPENING With our area going to a yellow zone the bishop is permitting us beginning Saturday, May 16th to allow personal prayer spaces before the Blessed Sacrament. To keep personal distancing we will set up an altar for the Blessed Sacrament and a May altar to honor our Blessed Mother in the gymnasium. Saturday and Sunday hours will be between 12 noon and 6 pm and weekdays between 8 am and 6 pm. At this time in a yellow zone only 25 people can gather at any time so I am asking no more than that be in the gym at any time. Masks must be worn; (gloves would be preferred for opening doors); distancing must be observed; and the restrooms will remain closed. When leaving, everyone is asked to clean their chair. In time we may be able to return to Mass in smaller numbers, but that is still to be determined. May God bless us all in these days. You are constantly in prayer and I will keep you informed as we continue to reopen as permitted. St. Patrick. Pray for us
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Hallelujah !! Mass returns !!
On the weekend of June 14th Bishop Bartchak is allowing the diocese to begin public celebrations of Mass. We will continue to follow social distancing and at this time 24 people will be allowed to attend. The Bishop still says that all Catholics are NOT obliged to attend Sunday Mass. If you are running a fever or feeling ill; if you have recently been ill; if you are at high risk of being susceptible to the virus; or if you have recently been in contact with anyone who has or has been exposed to the virus, for the safety of all we ask you to NOT participate in the public liturgies. We will return to our regular schedule of Masses: Saturday at 4:30, Sunday at 7 & 11 am and Monday to Friday at 8 am. Masses at St. Thomas More will be on Sunday at 9 am and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 am. This is going to be a far from perfect system until we get back to the new normal. I hope that everyone will extend to each other Christian charity and a common courtesy. Please do NOT expect to attend every Mass or every day of the week. We are only allowed at this time to have 25 people at a gathering and that number includes me. But until then . . . . .Hallelujah !! We can receive communion again . . .
Until Mass begins on June 14th the bishop is allowing us to receive private communion outside of Mass. It is recommended you watch Mass on tv or the internet (see EWTN for their Masses daily or other Masses on the diocesan website: www.dioceseaj.org
), but communion will be distributed from the main door of the church Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12 noon, Saturday at 4:30 and Sunday at 12 noon. Please enter the parking lot closest to the cemetery, then drive to the main door and then exit near the shrine of Our Lady. Is this the new normal?
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I am so appreciative of many parishioners who know we have to keep things going here in the parish. We have been receiving offertory envelopes in the mail or through the mail slot of the front door of the rectory. I really appreciate everyone thinking of the church and invite anyone else who is able to do so to do the same.
What about SCRIP? Why, YES, it is still available because we still need our groceries! Ginny Bowman will continue to take SCRIP orders if you call her, 695-8244. She will arrange to deliver it to your home or have it picked up here at the rectory. Ginny is also in charge of our Social Ministry so if times get difficult for you or someone you know please call her if you need groceries. We have some to share due to the weekly generosity of so many of you.
I know these days are difficult for all. Please make daily prayer a priority. If the weather cooperates, get outside, stay active. Please check up on family members and neighbors regularly by phone or "social distance." I am expected to say Mass daily in private and I keep all of you with me every time.
God Bless you all with health and peace. Pray!
- Fr. Allen
Please note: News and events are subject to change. Please contact the rectory with any questions.
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