Changes Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Parish Office Remains Open; Chapel Open for Prayer

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

We are facing challenging times as the world deals with the current pandemic.  Now, more than ever, we need to hear the promise of Jesus and hold it close to our heart, “I am with you always.”  The Shepherd will not abandon us but carry us through all of it.  We need to have absolute trust in his promise.

I would like to share with you some of the things we are doing as a parish:

  1. The Parish Office will continue to remain open, keeping regularly scheduled office hours. The Parish Staff is here for you to assist you with your needs.
  2. While public celebrations of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass have been suspended for the time period of March 18 through April 3, I will offer a private Mass each day.  The scheduled Mass intentions requested will be fulfilled.  Father Steve will assist me with this by offering Mass at the Franciscan Friary each day as well.
  3. The school is closed with a tentative re-open date of April 6.  The principal, faculty and staff are making sure that our students continue to keep up with their studies at home.
  4. Faith Formation classes have been canceled for the remainder of the year.
  5. All parish meetings as well as small group gatherings have been suspended until further notice.
  6. The Sunday Mass can be watched on TV on the following stations and at the following times: WITI 6 – 5:30 a.m.; WVTV 24 – 7:00 and 9:00 a.m.; EWTN at 7:00 a.m.
  7. Even though Mass will not be celebrated publicly in the parish, we are encouraged to spend time in prayer.  Therefore, the St. Joseph Chapel will be open for this: Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. until 12 Noon.  Beginning March 19, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, the Blessed Sacrament will be reserved in the chapel for private prayer.
  8. Please know that your personal Lenten prayer intentions placed in the basket are being kept in my private chapel at home where they will be lifted up each day to the Lord.
  9. In the event of the death of a parishioner funerals will be held.  Some adjustments will need to be made but the family will be taken care of.
  10. Please feel free to contact the Parish Office if you have any questions.  Again, we are here for you.

As we continue to work through these days and weeks, let us hold one another in prayer, remembering that the Cross is the Tree of Life, not death; the Tree of Victory, not defeat!

Yours in Christ,

Father Dennis, March 17, 2020