I am sure you have heard about the latest guidance from the state of California. Every county is classified in one of four categories. The risk level for San Diego County is currently classified as “substantial” (red on the map). Most of southern California is “widespread” or purple. For a brief summary, go to https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/
What it means for us is that we can use our church for Masses of fewer than 100 persons. We have begun to have our weekday Masses inside the church. We can also schedule funerals, baptisms and weddings in the church.
However, since attendance at most of our outdoor weekend Masses far exceeds 100, we will continue to have our Sunday Masses (as well as the 2 anticipated Masses on Saturday evening) on the covered court of our school. Besides, the risk of spread is much lower outside than it is inside.
This could all change if San Diego County moves up or down in the risk assessment tiers. The governor has said that any reclassification will be announced every Tuesday. So, stay tuned!
Regardless of whether Mass is in the church or on the covered court, the basic protocols that have proven effective in controlling the spread of the virus need to be diligently observed. Anyone coming to Mass at St. Patrick’s Parish must wear a face mask or approved face covering. People who do not live under the same roof must maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet. Frequent hand washing is highly recommended, but hand sanitizer can be used when you cannot wash your hands. Hand sanitizers will be available as you enter either worship space. The church or outside chairs will also be sanitized. Your help on weekends is appreciated.
I need to remind you that the church is only open for Masses (including funerals, baptisms, and weddings of fewer than 100 persons). The church will remain locked the rest of the day. Other parish groups, organizations or ministries are not permitted to meet in person. They are encouraged to meet virtually on any of the available platforms. The parish office continues to be open Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm.
Fr. Ron would like to meet with representatives of all parish organizations in order to discuss what this new pastoral year will be like for the organizations of the parish. We will discuss what we can and cannot do.
It will be a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, September 16 at 6:30 pm. It is open to all but each organization is asked to have at least one representative in attendance.
In order to attend, you must send Fr. Ron an email and he will send you a Zoom invitation to the meeting. Send your request to email@example.com
Our Revised Mass Schedule
Evening Masses at 7:00 pm on weekdays will only be celebrated on Tuesday (English) and Wednesday (Spanish). Click the link to see the complete Mass schedule. You can download and print it to have it handy.
On Monday Labor Day, the only Mass that will be celebrated will be at 9:00 am. This is our usual holiday Mass schedule.
Ordinarily, a collection is taken up on Good Friday in all the Catholic churches of world which benefits the upkeep of the shrines in the Holy Land. This includes the shrine of the Holy Sepulcher, the Basilica of the Nativity and some lesser know Catholic shrines. These places are entrusted to the care of the Franciscans who also offer pastoral care to many Christian people of the region.
Due to the pandemic caused by the Corona virus, it was not possible to take up this collection on Good Friday. Our Holy Father Pope Francis has designated September 13 as the day on which Catholics are asked to show our solidarity with our brothers to maintain these shrines and reach out to those in need.
If you would like to make a donation for this cause, place your donation in the basket on the table near the gate on September 13 or any other day. Place your money in an envelope marked “Holy Land” and we will direct it to the proper people.
Únete a la misa virtual para recordar y orar por aquellos que se han quitado su propia vida. La misa virtual será el 13 de septiembre a las 7:30 a.m. en https://www.sdcatholic.org/event/mass-for-survivors-of-suicide-loss/. La misa será en inglés con un mensaje en español y la grabación estará disponible después de la misa en la liga anterior. Envía los nombres de tus seres queridos a KCallier@sdcatholic.org, ora por las familias afectadas por el suicidio y crea conciencia en Septiembre, Mes Nacional de la Prevención del Suicidio.
Thank You for Your Generosity
Our parish is blessed by so many kind and generous people. Even in the midst of the ever-changing circumstances of parish life during a pandemic, many of our parishioners have continued to send or bring their contributions to the parish. Many have begun using Online Giving. I am so grateful that so many people have continued to contribute. It has been very helpful to the financial situation of the parish. While our income is down significantly, the generosity shown by so many has enabled us to maintain the parish complex, keep current with our bills, and pay our dedicated staff. Thank you all, very much!
Even as Masses are being celebrated outside on the school grounds, there will be specially marked baskets on the tables near the entrance to the field into which you can place your offerings. Of course, you can continue to mail us your contribution or drop it off at the office (8:30 am – 12:30 pm). Online giving remains a good option as well. Thank you for supporting your parish.
"Catholic Trivia”... not because they are trivial but because these might be things that not everyone knows. Test your knowledge by reading the five questions, remember your answers (or jot them down), then click the link below to find the answers.
How many saints have been canonized by the Catholic Church?
How many women saints have there been?
What is the long white vestment worn by a priest, deacon or altar server at Mass or other ceremonies?
The Catechism of the Catholic Church groups the 7 sacraments into three groups: sacraments of initiation, sacraments of healing, and a third group. What is that 3rd group called and which sacraments are included in it?
What is the difference between an atheist and an agnostic?
If you have other members of your family or your friends who would like to be on our email list, just let me know or write to Mary McLain at firstname.lastname@example.orgWe will be pleased to add them.
We have opened a YouTube channel where we have daily and Sunday Masses as well as Fr. Ron's new Bible Study posted for the parish called St Patrick Church Carlsbad that you can subscribe to.
The Son of Man is appointed as guardian of Israel.
Song of praise to God, our salvation.
The Law is summarized in the commandment to love your neighbor as yourself.
Jesus teaches his disciples how to settle disputes in the Church.
Background on the Gospel Reading
Today’s Gospel reading is taken from a chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, which is sometimes called the “discourse on the Church” or the “church order” discourse. In this part of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus speaks more directly about matters of Church discipline and order. In today’s reading we find one of only three instances in which Jesus uses the word church in Matthew’s Gospel. In Matthew’s record of Jesus’ teaching, we can hear echoes of the kinds of issues faced by the early Christian community.
In the first part of the “discourse on the Church” (Matthew 18:1-14), Matthew addresses the Christian community’s concerns about rank. Jesus responds to the disciples’ question about who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus indicates that those who wish to enter the kingdom of heaven must be like children, and he cautions those leaders who might lead these “little ones” astray. He also responds with the parable of the lost sheep, indicating how God will seek out and bring back those “little ones” who have strayed.
In today’s Gospel reading, Matthew 18:15-20, Jesus addresses a common occurrence in the Christian community: a dispute between two members of the Church. Jesus outlines a procedure for settling such matters fairly. The victim should privately address the offender and attempt to resolve the dispute without outside involvement. If that fails, then the victim should bring two or three witnesses and confront the offender again. If the dispute is still unresolved, the matter should be brought to the attention of the entire community. If the offender refuses to adhere to the reparations prescribed by the community, then Jesus suggests that the offender may be expelled from the Church.
Jesus does not discourage disagreement within the community of the Church; he acknowledges the reality of conflict and error and offers his disciples a means for addressing such matters. It is in the conclusion to this teaching that the message of hope is found: Jesus is present with the community and will guide the community in its relations. If decisions are taken in prayer, then the community can be assured of God’s assistance.
The linked article appeared a couple of years ago in the US Catholic magazine. It provides a good summary of Catholic Social Teaching on work. It gives us a way of looking at work from the perspective of the Creator.
Hard to believe the school year has started back up after the past five and a half months! It is a different world out there, one unlike any of us have traveled. Please know the prayers of the youth ministry office are with all of us.
I wanted to take a moment and share what our core leadership team has been working on this summer. I believe a while back I shared that our team had been having what we’re calling “Courageous Conversations on Cultural Diversity” with a colleague of mine named Terry Aiken. The discussions have helped all of us grow in our understandings of humanity in general. Rather than have me tell you about it, please take a look a video that our young people have made where they discuss what they’ve gained through their time working with Terry. The video is slightly over 13 minutes. We hope you’ll take a few minutes and check it out.
May the good Lord be with you and your families, especially as we embark on a new school year.
Registration Information for the 2020-2021 School Year
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Our program is set to begin in the later part of September
The materials follow the Sunday readings for the weekly teaching.
Families can easily use the material at home, and we plan to use it in onsite classes when we get permission to gather.
The age appropriate material is fun to engage with for the different grade levels.
Families that do not need sacramental preparation can opt for weekly teaching at home/on site or a monthly family catechesis.
Families will receive support from catechists.
We will offer regular family devotions.
Information about our program
Please contact us to help you decide what might fit your family’s needs this fall. You can adjust your choice later in the year if a different option is a better fit for your family then.
Please go to our Church website at www.stpatrickcarlsbad.com or call 760-729-8442 to register your child/ren for the program.
for family time, prayer, and outreach. We are happy to add your email to the distribution list😊.
For questions about program choices, fees, or payment plans, contact the Office for Religious Education & Family Ministry at MDornisch@stpatrickcarlsbad.com or 760-729-8442.
Reflection: Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Christ promised to be in our midst. We experience this truth as we learn to acknowledge what is hurting our relationships and offer and receive forgiveness.
For parents:How does your faith help you to deal with the experience of being offended or having offended someone?
For children:How can Jesus help us when we feel hurt by a friend or when we hurt someone?
Prayer Intention: for our (parish) family: Give us the grace to form a community of mercy in your name.
United in prayer,
Director of Religious Education for Children and Family Ministry
Mental Health Ministry
The St. Patrick Mental Health
Ministry is here for all people seeking assistance for themselves or their loved ones experiencing Mental Health challenges. We provide resources, a listening ear and prayer companionship. Call the confidential Mental Health Ministry support line to receive a call back from one of the ministry members – 760.729.2866 ext. 393.
For immediate assistance call 888.724.7240 – 7/24 Access and Crisis Line.
You can also go to the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego link on the home page of the St. Patrick’s Parish website, then click on Pastoral Offices, Family Life and Spirituality, Mental Health Ministry for more information and resources.
Our parish offices are open, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 12:30pm.
During this time of inactivity, we will use our parish email system to communicate with parishioners to offer spiritual reflections and make announcements.
In case of an emergency, you can always reach us by phone. We will be checking regularly for messages and respond as soon as possible. If need be, the answering service can get in touch with one of our priests quickly.
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