Dear St. Patrick Family,
Happy Easter! Jesus Christ is Risen!!!
I hope that you and your families are doing well during these unique times. We have not been able to gather at our Church for Mass for over a month now. As you know Governor Abbot issued a decree on Monday allowing for the opening of Churches beginning May 1 under certain conditions.
On Thursday, April 30, our Bishop, Joe Vásquez, invited us to begin offering Mass again beginning Tuesday, May 5, as long as we follow safety guidelines given by our civil
authorities. This is very exciting! I look forward to seeing you again and for you to be able to receive Jesus in the Eucharist!
The weekend of May 9 & 10, Mother’s Day weekend, will be our first Sunday Masses together.
However, for us to gather safely we will have to prepare well. Our Parish Staff, Leadership Team, Liturgy Team and other key leaders will be reviewing the details of the safety protocols and will let you know about those before Sunday Mass on May 9 & 10.
Meanwhile, I would like to give you a few updates on what we are doing to prepare for the next stages of this journey during the Covid-19 pandemic.
we are purchasing and installing video equipment so that we can continue to livestream Mass and make it even better.
all the chairs in the building will have been disinfected by May 8.
All seats in the Church will be covered with plastic temporarily so that they can be easily cleaned after each Mass. Only every other row will be available for seating.
Our staff have continued to work from home (except Brenda and her volunteers who are cleaning). Please call or email us if you need anything.
Divine Mercy Image:
Some parishioners donated an image of Divine Mercy to be placed above the St. Patrick Statue – the building was designed for this. Before Mass on Mother’s Day, we hope to have it in place.
Thank you for your patience, your continued prayer and your generosity during this time.
During this month of May, I ask you to join me and the rest of the worldwide Church to seek Mary’s intercession by praying the Rosary daily. Mary delights in leading us to her son, Jesus, through this time-tested and fruitful devotion. I pray it each night on Facebook – when the technology cooperates – at 7:30pm. Join me then or pray with your family. As we ease back into our Sunday gathering, prayer keeps us united.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
stands ready to help anyone who is in need, particularly with utility bills. Please call the parish office and leave a message so that our SVDP team can contact you.
To Better Connection in Christ Jesus,
Fr. Brian Eilers