May 24, 2020

It is my special joy this weekend to welcome you back to Weekday Mass beginning Monday morning and, next weekend, to Sunday Mass once again. It was the Second Sunday of Lent the last time we had Sunday Mass together as a parish community, and it’s good to worship together again. We gather together again on the Feast of Pentecost-the birthday of the Church.  Perhaps this can be a time of new life and energy for us as a parish.

Assumption is happy to welcome into our midst 2 new members who have been preparing to enter the Church since last September.  Kyle Radd and Lindsay Short were to have been received into the Church at the Easter Vigil. Because these sacraments had to be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic that closed the churches to public worship, this is a good day to welcome them into our faith community.  Kyle will receive Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist, while Lindsay will be received into the Catholic Church, and receive Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.  These Sacraments of Initiation will be conferred at the 4:00 Mass on Saturday, May 30, the Vigil of Pentecost.  Because there are more Scripture readings than usual and the Sacraments will be celebrated, Mass will take a bit longer than usual. Consider this when making plans. We pray for Kyle and Lindsay as they prepare for this life-changing moment in their faith lives.

When we return to Mass this coming weekend, we are required to wear masks to church to curb the spread of the virus. Upon entering the church and going to your seat.  You will see them marked with crosses made of red tape. The crosses mark where you can sit, one person per cross.  A family who comes to Mass together may also sit together. There are also lines of red tape that mark the aisles.  This is where you stand to receive Communion. There will be 2 lines for Communion in the main aisle, and 1 line on the side aisles nearest the windows.  Please space yourselves at each of the lines in the aisle as you process to the altar for Communion.

Please remember the new Mass schedule which begins next Sunday.  4:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, and 7:30, 9:30, & 11:30am with 6:00pm on Sunday.  This provides the maintenance crew with the time needed to clean and disinfect the church between Masses.  In receiving Holy Communion, if you want to receive communion on the tongue, you must go to the priest’s line. No Eucharistic Minister will serve you unless you receive communion in the hand. As you receive, lower your mask,. Place both hands to cradle the sacred species, receive the Eucharist , than replace your mask.  If you feel sick or have flu like symptoms, stay at home and recover there. There is no obligation to attend Mass until further notice.  We will stream Masses until the obligation returns.

As we return to daily Mass beginning Monday, it is Memorial Day. It’s fitting to offer the greatest act of thanksgiving for those who died and made the supreme sacrifice for our country.  Try to come to Mass on Memorial Day. They are at 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. Give thanks to God for the generous souls who fought and gave their lives for our freedom.
May all of you have a Blessed and Safe Memorial Day Weekend