Memo from Msgr. Raun- Tuesday November 17th, 2020

My dear family,
Peace and blessing from the Lord Jesus to you all.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE : We are right now in the middle of our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.

As of a few hours ago, we stood at 330 turkeys and 280 pies. People have been extra generous with cash gifts. Our goal is to be able to assist 675 families with Thanksgiving dinner.

I know that turkey and pie donations are harder right now because of the restrictions on shopping. Unfortunately, the stores and wholesalers are reluctant to sell us turkeys and pies in bulk, being uncertain of demand. So - if you do go out shopping and are able to pick up an extra turkey or two for the cause, we would be grateful.

Donations are being accepted every day through Friday, Nov. 20, 8 am to 6 pm, at Fr. D'Arco Hall.

3. MONEY It can be cash or checks made out to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
NO canned goods, fresh foods, boxes of food, clothing, etc. Just the three things listed above.

If you know of a family in need of a Thanksgiving dinner, please tell them to use this service on Saturday, November 21st from 9:00- noon in the parish parking lot. Covid practices will be followed at our drive-up service. If there is someone home bound who needs assistance, please call our St. Vincent de Paul office for information at 892-0526.

As I look out from my bedroom window, I see our wonderful St. V. de P. members standing outside the hall all day, receiving and organizing the donations. God bless them all!

CONCERNING HOLY MASS: Late on last Friday, we received a new communication from the Archdiocese, saying that, if the Pastor so chooses, in accord with the Governor's new directives, 75 people may be admitted to attend Mass in person.

After much thought and extended discussion, I have decided, upon the almost unanimous advise of our parish leadership team, that we will not be taking advantage of this new permission at this time.

Here are the reasons:

  • In our parish, 75 people is a drop in the bucket.  We often get many more than this for weekday Mass, much less Sunday Mass.
  • We really can't think of a fair way to determine who the 75 people will be. People don't like "making reservations" for Mass, and people who don't reserve show up, and people who do reserve don't show up. If you say "first come, first served", person 76 (and everyone who comes after them) get upset, and even, I'm ashamed to say, can get ugly towards our poor volunteer ushers.
  • Everything might change again come November 30, when the current public health order ends. We need stability.
  • How we are doing things now is as coronavirus safe as can be, is very unlikely to be changed by future more stringent public health orders, and allows everyone to come to church, be close to the Mass (which is not blocked in its power by any brick wall), hear the Mass, and receive Holy Communion every day. With our current set-up, there is no reason I can think of for any Catholic in good health and the state of grace to not be receiving Holy Communion at least every Sunday.
We will be constantly assessing the situation, and will do all we can to return to "in-person" attendance at Mass as soon as it is practical and safe. With all my heart I hope you understand my decision, and I thank you for your patience and faithfulness in the current circumstances.

1. The normal schedule of Masses - weekday and weekend -  are being celebrated in the church. These will be private Masses.
2. BUT - every Mass is being broadcast on our low-wattage FM transmitter at 106.5 FM. You can listen to the Mass anywhere in our parish parking lot. Just sit in your car and listen to the Mass.
3. THEN - after each Mass, Eucharistic Ministers go out of the doors of the church with the Blessed Sacrament. Just go line up at the doors and receive Holy Communion.

Please remember to wear your mask and to keep socially distanced while lining up to receive Communion. And - be very considerate and careful of your fellow parishioners in the parking lot as you drive away!

4. The 9 am Mass will continue to be live-streamed daily, and can be seen on our parish app and website (

Also, remember the following:

We are opening the church building every day at 9:30 am until 6:00 pm. ( On Saturdays, 9:30 am to 5 pm. On Sundays from 2pm to 6pm.) We have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during these times.
We are hearing Confessions Monday through Friday at 9:30 am and 5:00 pm. Saturday confessions will be at 9:30 am and 2:30 pm.
Please call the parish office to arrange funerals, marriages and baptisms. There are to be no more than 10 persons present, and are to be celebrated without Mass.
Your priests are happy to make sick calls. Every precaution will be taken to protect the health of the sick person and the priest. Just call the parish office.


Laughing is the best medicine : back by popular demand, more corny jokes...
Why did the turtle want to go to the therapist?
Answer: It wanted to come out of its shell

What did the snail say when it road the turtles back?
Answer: weeeeeeeeeeeeee

What kind of a story does a giraffe tell?
Answer: a tall tale

A prayer for the faithful departed being the month of November...
O Lord God almighty, I beseech Thee, by the precious blood which Thy Divine Son Jesus that was shed in His bitter Passion, deliver the souls in purgatory, and among them all,
particularly that soul which is in the greatest need of our prayers in order that it may not long be delayed in praising Thee in Thy glory, and blessing Thee forever. Amen.
O Lord, hear my prayer
And let my prayer cry come onto thee.
O God the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant unto the souls of thy servants and handmaids the remission of all their sins that through our devout supplications
they may obtain the pardon they have always desired, Thou who live and reign world without end. Amen.

Our Father.....
Hail Mary.....
Glory Be...

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithfully departed rest in peace. Amen.

I send you my fatherly blessing, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen !
Msgr. Doug Raun

God Bless You

1 Comment

Joan Pate - November 21st, 2020 at 10:33am

Msrg Raun,

The volume of mass is so low that it's very hard to hear during live mass and the taped mass. Today, I listened to the live mass, and couldn't hear Fr Mckee until after the consecration. However, the soloist was very strong so perhaps there needs to be a balancing of sound.