Message from the Pastor
From Rev. Neil Dadey to My Dear Parish Family
May 31, 2020
FROM THE PASTOR....MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this Monday, June 1, our Diocese is entering into the THIRD STAGE of parishes slowly reopening. This stage will entail the distributing of Holy Communion. Please take note of the following procedure for the distribution of Holy Communion will be in effect through Friday, June 12.
- Beginning Monday, June 1, Distribution of Holy Communion will take place at 12:15 PM Monday through Saturday, and on Sunday, June 7, at 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM.
- People wanting to receive Holy Communion will enter the Church wearing masks and stand along the walls and down the center aisle, distancing themselves. There will be ushers present to organize the line-up.
- A very brief prayer service will be held, Communion will be distributed and people will have the opportunity to stay for private prayer in designated pews.
- After prayer, parishioners are free to go.
- This will continue until we are able to celebrate Mass on the weekend of June 13-14 at our normal scheduled Mass times. Instructions for Mass will come next week.
- PLEASE, WE ASK EVERYONE TO RECEIVE IN THE HAND FOR EVERYONE’S SAFETY.
As we continue to journey through this time in our history, I received from the diocese the COVID-19 A PRAYER FOR SOLIDARITY. I am sure there are many prayers out there available to parishioners. However, I thought the one from the Diocese, would join us all together praying as one family. I give it to you as uncertainty continues to be present.
For all who have contracted coronavirus, we pray for care and healing.
For those who are particularly vulnerable, we pray for safety and protection.
For all who experience fear or anxiety, we pray for peace of mind and spirit.
For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety, we pray for policies that recognize their plight.
For those who do not have adequate health insurance, we pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.
For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status, we pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.
For our brothers and sisters around the world, we pray for shared solidarity.
For public officials and decision-makers, we pray for wisdom and guidance.
Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
Grant peace. Grant comfort. Grant healing. Be with us, Lord. Amen.
And may I add, grant a quick end to this pandemic.
Once again, I am astounded at the GENEROSITY of parishioners towards OLV. As the pandemic continues, my "pastor mind" begins to wonder how long will the generosity of parishioners last? And as each weekend ends and Monday morning marks the end of the counting of the collection, I cautiously ask, "Well, how was it?" Waiting for the shoe to drop, I can say, "It never did!" Because of the goodness of parishioners, we can meet our bills, allowing us to breathe easier. So, I want to THANK all of you who have never forgotten the church during this time. Even though your finances might not what you want them to be, you have not forgotten OLV. Thank you so much and may God bless you for your love and dedication to your parish.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A woman was trying to get ketchup to come out of the jar. During her struggle, the phone rang so she asked her four-year-old daughter to answer it. “It’s the minister, Mommy,” the child said to her mother. Then she added, “Mommy can’t come to the phone right now. She’s hitting the bottle.”