Memo from Msgr. Raun- Monday 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. To be able to fellowship with our brothers and sisters in the Faith can be a great remedy for this. I do hope that you will be able to join us!
TOMORROW (Tuesday, December 8th) IS THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. Normally it is a holy day of obligation, but of course the obligation to attend Mass has been suspended during the pandemic. We will have the regular Masses at 9 am and 6 pm. Our Blessed Mother, under the title of her Immaculate Conception, is the patroness of our nation. Let's do our best to keep this day holy in her honor, and to ask her intercession for our beloved country at this critical time!
SATURDAY IS THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE. Unfortunately, we will not be able to have all of the festivities this year that we celebrate on her feast day. But we will have the 9 am Mass that day in honor of our Lady, when she blessed North America with her apparitions to St. Juan Diago.
UPDATE ON FATHER YOUNG: The hospital has given me permission to see Father twice in the past few days, and he has received the sacraments. Father was on a ventilator for a few days but is now off it. He is still very heavily sedated.
No visitors are allowed. Right now Father cannot answer or speak on the phone. But I'm sure cards and notes would be welcome.
THIS PAST WEEKEND went well in the parish. People seemed to really like that we were offering two options to attending Mass - either in person, or listening in the car, with everyone able to receive Communion at the end of Mass, either inside or outside.
I guess we had a few glitches with the FM transmitter. Please bear with us. None of us are broadcast engineers, but we are doing our best to make it work flawlessly!
HOW TO ATTEND MASS AND RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION DURING THIS TIME:
1. The normal schedule of Masses - weekday and weekend - are being celebrated in the church. Two-hundred and fifty people can attend each of these Masses. Holy Communion will de distributed at the end of each Mass. Please wear your mask, socially distance, receive Communion on the hand, etc.
2. For those who do not feel comfortable going inside the church yet, 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. After each Mass, Eucharistic Ministers will go out of the doors of the church with the Blessed Sacrament. Just go line up at the doors and receive Holy Communion.
4. The 9 am Mass will continue to be live-streamed daily, and can be seen on our parish app and website (stanm.org).
Also, remember the following:
We are opening the church building every day at 9:45 am until 6:00 pm. ( On Saturdays, 9:30 am to 5 pm. On Sundays from 2 pm to 6 pm.) We have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during these times.
We are hearing Confessions Monday through Friday at 9:45 am and 5:00 pm. Saturday confessions will be at 9:45 am and 2:30 pm.
Please call the parish office to arrange funerals, marriages and baptisms. We can have up to 250 persons on these occasions. The Requiem Mass can be celebrated at a funeral.
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.
PLEASE SHARE ALL THIS INFORMATION WITH THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET!
Laughing is the best medicine : Some funny play on words...
I wanted to be a monk, but I never got the chants.
I was kidnapped by mimes. They did unspeakable things to me.
The finest shoes are made of smooth leather. I will never be suede.
Quotes From the Saints to give peace and encouragement in difficult times....
“Do not have any anxiety about the future. Leave everything in God’s hands for he will take care of you.”
– St. John Baptist de La Salle
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
My mom is 87 and has dementia. We are listening to daily mass on the radio and I am able to receive communion outside. I wish we could attend mass inside but mom is to vulnerable. I really appreciate that I can receive the Eucharist during the week and Sundays. My husband feels safe attending mass this way also. He had open heart surgery in January. My husband Billy will stay with mom while I go to confession. These little Blessing full me with so many graces in these strange times. I just want to express my appreciation for the continued radio masses.
God Bless you
Anita and Billy Tapia