Dear members of our SSJ Faith Community,
May the Lord give you peace!
This is a second communication for our parish family to respond to controlling the rapid spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus in our country.
The first communication sent out earlier today mostly addressed how to discern whether to attend Mass and, if so, how to limit physical contact at Mass. We also included information on how the Fish Fry will operate as a takeout operation tonight.
We have just heard that the Diocese of Orange has made the difficult decision to close all Catholic Schools until April 20 and is gearing up for online learning as much as possible. Not only will the SSJ School be closed for classes but all extracurricular activities will be cancelled, including club groups, sports and music activities.
Aligning with actions taken both in our government and our church, we have decided to cancel all parish meetings and gatherings scheduled for SSJ through the end of March, with the exception of Masses and Funerals. We are expecting that even Mass and Funeral schedules may change but for now, we will continue with these liturgies.
As for all meetings and groups, we wish to include a list here so that there will be no confusion. These activities listed below will not be meeting at least through March 31:
We fully realize how disruptive these cancellations are. We apologize for the stress it places on everyone and we ask for your prayerful patience. We encourage all groups to find other, creative ways to stay in touch that limit human contact.
- All Religious Education activities, including:
- Children's Faith Formation sessions
- Children and Adult Sacrament Sessions scheduled for 3/15 and 3/17
- Family Focus activities at Mass
- RCIA and RCIC Dismissals and Catechesis
- Peer Ministry
- Both High School and Adult Confirmation sessions
- Baptism Information sessions
- Junior High Ministry sessions
- All Support Groups
- All regularly scheduled weekly or monthly group activities or meetings
- Coffee and Donuts after Sunday morning Masses
- St. Vincent de Paul Monday meetings
- Knights of Columbus meetings
- Centering Prayer
- Men's Bible Study
- Scripture Study
- Men's Club Board meetings
- Men's Group General Meeting, scheduled for 3/19
- Women Creating Community meetings
- Parish Choir and Hand Bell practices
- Children's Choir and Hand Bell practices
- MEC Board
- Finance Council
- Transition Team
- Other parish series' that are on the parish schedule during March
- Family to Family
- Mom's Ministry
- Returning Catholics
- Welcome Weekend formation meetings
- Special activities scheduled for this month
- Small Faith Group Listening Session, scheduled for 3/19
- Centering Prayer Introduction, scheduled for Saturday, 3/21
- Elderly Retreat, scheduled for Saturday, 3/21
- High School Confirmation Penance Service, scheduled for 3/31
For those who have special events planned in March, we ask that you wait for a while before trying to reschedule those activities with Lynn. Right now we are getting bombarded with daily communications from the city and the diocese, not to mention responding to parishioner questions. Please wait until April to contact Lynn about getting those events rescheduled.
We will keep you posted on any further changes to our parish schedule.
The parish has created a webpage on the parish website that contains the most up-to-date information concerning the parish response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). You can access the webpage, via the "Coronavirus Update" button along the right side of the home page, www.ssj.org, or simply type www.ssj.org/coronavirus in your browser.
In the meantime, we remind everyone that these changes are temporary measures to bring a halt to the rapid spread of a particularly strong and virulent version of the flu. Our sincere desire is to protect everyone, especially the most vulnerable among us.
In that light, know that we hold all of you in our hearts, pray that you remain strongly rooted in the love, compassion and healing power of Jesus Christ, with the fellowship of the saints. As St. Teresa of Avila discovered through her trials in life, and which was turned into a beautiful Taize chant:
Nada te turbe
Nada te espante
Quien a dios tiene nada le falta
Solo dios basta
Let nothing trouble you
Let nothing disturb you
Those who have God lack nothing
God, alone, is enough.
Together with you in love, hope and healing,
Fr. Daniel Barica, Pastor
Fr. Vincent Nguyen, Associate Pastor
Colleen Murray, Pastoral Administrator
Mark Purcell, Pastoral Associate for Music and Liturgical Arts
To transform hearts by being Christ to others,
working for peace, justice and care of creation.
As Catholic disciples of Jesus Christ, we celebrate Eucharist,
welcome and serve all God's people
in the spirit of our brother, Francis of Assisi.
Eucharist * Gospel * Hospitality * Stewardship