Message from Pastor on opening the church for indoor service.
Dear Parishioners,

We are all ecstatic at the news about the counties’ permission to open the doors of our churches again. We have been waiting for the last 7 months to be able to return to our places of worship.

While this seems like a blessing, our Bishop Cantu still encourages us in his letter to resume indoor Masses when we are ready to do so safely.

Our Bishop says: “While the current restrictions are eased and we are able to gather for Mass indoors again, it is important for all of us to understand that things will not immediately “go back to normal.”

Some of you have reached out to me and made me aware that the demographic of our parish consists of lot of elderly parishioners who are still afraid of any indoor gatherings with larger number of people. Because the majority of our parishioners belong to the most vulnerable group among us during this pandemic time, out of concern for the safety of our community members it seems prudent to postpone the return to our worship gatherings inside our church for the time being. Let’s take advantage of this beautiful weather and continue having our outdoor Sunday Masses under the Oak Tree and our weekday outdoor Masses at the entrance of our church from Tuesday to Friday. For those who cannot join us at these outdoor celebrations, we will still have the livestreaming Mass at 9:30 AM in the church in the same way as before (without parishioners).

Meanwhile, we are working on preparing our church for your return by taking out all of our fabric chairs (frequent sanitizing of those chairs results in building up a sticky layer that is difficult to remove) and when the time comes, we will encourage you to bring your own chairs inside the church as you did for the outdoor celebrations.

For those who are elderly and cannot carry anything, we have got around 30 plastic chairs which we will put inside the church. They are much easier to be sanitized and wiped after each usage.

I thank you for your understanding and especially for your co-operation while doing everything possible to assure safety of our community members. May God bless us and keep us safe.

Fr. Tad
This year, for the month of November all the names of our departed loved ones will be recorded by our staff in the Book of the Dead.

The Consolation Mass this year will not take place but we will rather pray for our departed family members throughout the whole month of November.
Dear Parishioners, 

The month of November is approaching very quickly and during this month we especially pray for our dearly departed. You have received the All Souls envelopes and I encourage you to use them by writing the names of your loved ones who passed away and offer a Mass for them.    Why shall we do that? 

The offering of Mass for the repose of the soul of the faithful departed is linked with our belief in Purgatory. We believe that if a person has died fundamentally believing in God but with venial sins and the hurt caused by sin, then God in His divine love and mercy will first purify the soul. After this purification has been completed, the soul will have the holiness and purity needed to share in the beatific vision in heaven. While each individual stand judgment before the Lord and must render an account of his life, the communion of the Church shared on this earth continues.  

The Vatican Council II affirmed, "This sacred council accepts loyally the venerable faith of our ancestors in the living communion which exists between us and our brothers who are in the glory of heaven or who are yet being purified after their death..." (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, No. 51). Therefore, just as we pray for each other and share each other's burdens now, the faithful on earth can offer prayers and sacrifices to help the departed souls undergoing purification, and no better prayer could be offered than that of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The offering of Mass and other prayers or sacrifices for the intentions of the faithful departed are good and holy acts. This practice is not new. The Catechism asserts, "From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic Sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God" (No. 1032).  

The testimony of the Church Fathers beautifully supports this belief of offering Masses for the departed: St. Cyril of Jerusalem (d. 386), in one of his many catechetical discourses, explained how at Mass both the living and dead are remembered, and how the Eucharistic Sacrifice of our Lord is of benefit to sinners, living and dead. St. Ambrose (d. 397) preached, "We have loved them during life; let us not abandon them in death, until we have conducted them by our prayers into the house of the Lord." St. John Chrysostom (d. 407) stated, "Let us help and commemorate them. If Job's sons were purified by their {ether's sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation?” Finally, Pope St. Gregory (d. 604) said, "Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them. "  

One may wonder, " What if the person's soul has already been purified and gone to heaven?"We on earth know neither the judgment of God nor the divine time frame; so, there is always goodness in remembering our departed and commending them to God through prayer and sacrifice. However, if indeed the departed soul has been purified and now rests in God's presence in heaven then those prayers and sacrifices offered benefit the other souls in purgatory through the love and mercy of God.  

Therefore, we find not only the origins of this practice dating to the early Church, but we also clearly recognize its importance. When we face the death of someone, even a person who is not Catholic, to have a Mass offered for the repose of his soul and to offer our prayers are more beneficial and comforting than any other sympathy card or bouquet of flowers. Most importantly, we should always remember our own dearly departed loved ones in the Holy Mass and through our own prayers and sacrifices to help in their gaining eternal rest. 

Fr. Tad

Weekday Mass continues
on the Patio in
Front of the Church

Tuesday - Friday

8:00 a.m.

(followed by Rosary)

***No reservations Needed***

Weekend Mass Time Schedules
and Reservations

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Sunday, October 18th at 11 a.m.
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