Memo from Msgr. Raun- Tuesday February 23rd, 2021
on February 24th, 2021
My dear family,Praised be Jesus Christ. We thank almighty God at the guardedly optimistic news we are hearing about the decline in COVID cases, and from this news we are making two changes:EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS AND USHERS OVER 60, if they have received both COVID vaccine shots, may ask their Heads of Ministry to be placed upon the schedule once again.DISINFECTING THE CHURCH: we have learned much a...
Memo from Msgr. Raun- Tuesday February 16th, 2021
on February 19th, 2021
My dear family,Looking out the window, I don't know if I should wish you Happy Marti Gras or Merry Christmas! But no matter what, it is the day before the Holy Fast of Lent, and we want to get ready for this special season of grace.ASH WEDNESDAY - Feb. 17thFASTING AND ABSTINENCEAsh Wednesday is a day of fasting (only one meal: binding on everyone under pain of sin ages 18-59) and of abstinence fro...
Memo from Msgr. Raun - Tuesday, February 9th, 2021
on February 10th, 2021
My dear family,A good day to you all!LOOKING AHEAD TO LENT: ASH WEDNESDAY - Feb. 17th:Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting (only one meal: binding on everyone under pain of sin ages 18-59) and of abstinence from eating meat (the flesh of any warm-blooded animal, binding under pain of sin for all those who have reached the age of reason). On Ash Wednesday we will have services every hour on the hour f...
Memo from Msgr. Raun- Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021
on February 7th, 2021
My dear family,A blessed day to you all! Today is the 40th day after Christmas, the feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple (normally called Candlemas Day, because we bless candles today - because Simenon said this day that the baby Jesus would be "a light to the nations").UPDATE ON FATHER YOUNG: Father is doing better and getting stronger every day. It's a joy for me to once again liv...
Memo from Msgr. Raun - Wednesday, January 27th, 2021
on January 27th, 2021
My dear family,Hi, everyone! I'm back! I had a pleasant few days away, and now I'm ready to tackle getting ready for Lent (it's just three weeks away from tomorrow!)UPDATE ON FATHER YOUNG: Last Sunday, Father Young came home from the rehab hospital and is now staying with us other priests at the Rectory. He has made amazing improvement but is still very weak and will need to continue with physica...
Memo from Msgr. Raun - Sunday, January 10th, 2021
on January 11th, 2021
My dear family,Hi, everyone! I hope the New Year is going good for you. Just a few updates:YOU CAN TAKE YOUR CHRISTMAS SIGN DOWN. Many thanks to you who put up your Christmas Evangelization sign. Now is the time to take them down. Perhaps you can store it with your Christmas stuff and use it next year.UPDATE ON FATHER YOUNG: I talk to Father on a regular basis. He is making sure if slow progress ...
Memo from Msgr. Raun- Wednesday December 30th, 2020
on December 30th, 2020
My dear family,Hi, everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I know everyone is looking forward to a better New Year! Here are some updates on parish life.JANUARY 1st, THE FEAST OF THE MOTHER OF GOD. Of course this is normally a Holy Day of Obligation, but because of the pandemic we are dispensed (excused) from the obligation.The schedule will be:Thursday, Dec. 316 pm - Vigil MassFrida...
Memo from Msgr. Raun- Tuesday December 22nd, 2020
on December 22nd, 2020
My dear family,Hi, everyone! A few reminders before Christmas:CHRISTMAS: Friends, this will be the Christmas Mass schedule this year:Dec. 24, Christmas Eve : 4 pm, 6 pm, 8 pmDec. 25, Christmas Day : 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm The Christmas Eve 4 pm Mass and the Christmas Day 9 am Mass will be live-streamed on our website (stanm.org). If you are not able to come to church this year, we suggest that you gath...
Memo from Msgr. Raun- Tuesday December 15th, 2020
on December 16th, 2020
My dear family,Good day to you all!THE CHRISTMAS NOVENA starts tomorrow Wednesday, December 16th. We will pray the Novena at all the Masses for these nine days of prayerful preparation for Christmas. At the end of today's memo I am including the Novena prayer so that you can print it and pray it at home.In addition to the normal confession times, each night of the Novena (Dec. 16-23), there will b...
Memo from Msgr. Raun- Monday December 12th, 2020
on December 12th, 2020
My dear family,A blessed Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe to you all!UPDATE ON FATHER YOUNG: I am happy to share with you some guardedly optimistic good news. It looks as if Father has passed the immediate crises of a heart attack he had while he was in the hospital. He is awake and more-or-less coherent.Father is suffering from a form of bone cancer. There are chemotherapy treatments that can c...
Memo from Msgr. Raun- Monday December 7th, 2020
on December 7th, 2020
My dear family,Blessings to you all!"THE PURPOSE OF CHRISTMAS" SMALL GROUPS START TONIGHT! To sign up just go to the parish website (stanm.org) and click on "The Purpose of Christmas" tab.Not only is this a wonderful thing in and of itself, but I think that to belong to a small group this year is really important. At lot of us are going to be suffering from loneliness and isolation this Christmas....
Memo from Msgr. Raun- Thursday December 3rd, 2020
on December 4th, 2020
My dear family,Blessings to you all!WE CAN ATTEND MASS IN PERSON AGAIN ! We have just received word from the Archbishop that, in accord with the Governor's new Public Health Order, we can now allow people to attend Mass at 25% of seating capacity - which for us is 250 persons.So, as of tomorrow (Friday, December 4th), we will be able to attend Mass in person. In short, we will be "doing" Mass the ...