Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Having never been down a pandemic road before, here is some good news. At the direction and invitation of Bishop Paprocki, our parish will begin distributing Holy Communion as a step toward returning to our liturgical life as the Church. Beginning this Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th, Holy Communion will be distributed as follows:
Saturday, 4-6 pm at St. James
Sunday, 9:30 - 11:30am at St. Patrick
Nine people at the time may enter church for the 10 minute prayer slot. You must call Jody at the office, 428-7733, Thursday and Friday between 8am and 3pm to sign up. If the times do not fill, a sign-up sheet will be in the west entrance of St. Patrick Church on Saturday between 11am and noon.
The distribution of Holy Communion will be a very short rite, comprised of a brief reading of scripture, the Lord’s Prayer and the invitation, "Behold the Lamb of God." It will conclude with a blessing. After the dismissal, the faithful must return to their vehicles, as prayer will not be allowed in the church during these hours due to the potential for larger crowds than allowed at this time.
Church entry and exit points:
St James: enter through the Webster Street doors (or North door if accessibility is an issue). Exit through the Clay Street door (or North door)
St. Patrick: enter and exit through the west (elevator) door
What is needed from those who wish to make use of this opportunity to receive our Lord in Holy Communion:
- Patience and courtesy. Please, follow the directions of the usher.
This is by no means a convenient way to make Holy Communion available, but this has been judged the best option that we have at present while staying within the bounds of the civil rules that are currently in effect.
- Social distancing must be practiced while waiting for the opportunity to receive Holy Communion.
- I will wear a mask during this time. Those wishing to receive Holy Communion are asked to do so as well, removing the mask only for the reception of the Blessed Sacrament. Communion in gloved hands is not allowed
- There is no obligation to receive Holy Communion at this time, and there is no penalty of sin for those who choose not to do so.
- If you are of vulnerable age or health, please stay home. If you feel ill, please stay home.
Please, pray that we will be able to return to the public celebration of Mass soon as that is the ordinary way for the reception of Holy Communion and the most fitting expression of our shared faith as the mystical body of Christ.
God bless you,