Christmas is coming!
We have been so blessed with glorious autumn weather that it’s hard to think about the inevitable in a Cleveland winter… however, we as a parish are looking ahead and we need your input! This extraordinary year has encouraged us to “think outside of the box” when it comes to providing opportunities for spiritual formation – leading to a successful implementation of the technology to connect our sound system to the radio (96.3 FM) and also to convert this year’s Families in Faith to a remote PSR program. We have figured out how to have parish dinners (take-out is better than nothing!), to pray the rosary during lockdown in a socially distant way (thanks to Father’s Mr. Microphone), and even to offer the healing Sacrament of Anointing to some 300 people in one weekend. Now, we are thinking ahead to Christmas.
We recognize that our celebration of the Nativity of our Lord has traditionally drawn larger crowds than a typical weekend, and, in keeping with the directives, our seating capacity will be limited due to social distancing. In addition, we likely won’t have the resources available this year to offer simultaneous Masses in the gym and church on Christmas Eve. Dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass remains in effect, but we also want to provide ample opportunity for all who want to gather for worship at St. Mary Magdalene to be able to do so. Therefore, to assist with our scheduling sufficient ministers and accommodating crowds, we will be sending you a short survey via email later today to find out your tentative plans when it comes to attending Mass at Christmas. Please know this survey is for our informational purposes only; it does not lock you into attending a specific Mass. However, we’d ask that you respond this week so that we can make informed decisions as we finalize plans.
Thank you for your continued support of St. Mary Magdalene. Your generous response to our stewardship campaign, enthusiastic partaking of our take-out dinners, your presence at worship, and your outpouring of prayers and kind comments are so appreciated. We as a staff are very grateful for this awesome community, and are reassured that all of us together, with God’s help, will not only survive this pandemic, but will continue to thrive. To quote St. Paul in yesterday’s second reading, truly:
I can do all things in him who strengthens me.
Be assured of my continued prayers with and for you. May we be blessed!
Director of Liturgy and Music, St. Mary Magdalene