May 30, 2021

PASTOR’S NOTES ON CHURCH REBURBISHMENT AND 
LOOSENING OF PANDEMIC RESTRICTIONS

First of all, I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding with all the changes this situation engenders. I have never before had to turn the church upside down in order to complete a project like this. I am trying to accommodate everything, yet some things have to be sacrificed at least for the 3 months or so that the refurbishing of our church demands as far as time is concerned, so please bear with us a few months—it will get back to normal before we know it. 

I’ll start with the worst announcement first so that it gets better as you read. During the week of June 7-10, 2021 there will be no daily Mass offered at Assumption because both Fr. Louis and I are on the Community Retreat and this is something we must both attend. There are neighboring parishes around us that have daily Masses. I know St. Albert the Great and St. Matthias have daily Mass at 8:30, and St. Basil the Great at 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. I know you are most welcome there. I tried to get substitutes and no one was available. One of my faithful substitutes just passed away and many of the others are spoken for or won’t come out yet because of COVID. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Beginning with the 6:30 am Mass on June 3, all Daily Masses will be celebrated in the Lower Rectory Hall. This will continue until the project is completed. Sunday Masses will be held in the half of the church that does not have scaffolding. Therefore, beginning June 5-6, seating in church will be available on the St. Joseph side of the church, i.e. the right hand side facing the altar. The aisle between the main aisle and the aisle nearest the windows will be used as the main aisle. This is the aisle that you will use to approach the altar for Holy Communion and depart by the side aisles to return to your seats. There will be only 2 stations for Communion during this time. Also during this time, the doors to the entrances on the side of the church that is not being used, i.e. the left side of the church will be locked because of the scaffolding that will be in the way, so please use the parking and entrances on the right side of the church.

Funeral Masses will be celebrated as on Sundays. Confessions will be available as usual.

The Divine Mercy Chapel will relocate during this time to the former Credit Union space located in the lower rectory just to the left of the entrance. The hours for the chapel will be daily from 7:00 a.m. -9:00p.m. 

Because of the work going on in church and the safety issues involved, we will sadly have to suspend the lighting of votive candles until the completion of the project. Candles will be available to take home with you to light if you choose to do so.

This is a lot to digest and endure, but it’s a once in 52 year thing. You go through this and more when you install a new kitchen or bathroom, now we must do this for God’s house. Thanks to all you contributed to the Rooted in Faith; Forward in Hope campaign that funds this project and your patience an understanding
Now for a pick –me-up: as of June 2, the restrictions that were a part of the pandemic have now been lifted.  This means that we do not have to social distance in church, we can have worship aids in the pews and can sing and respond, we can have the choir again, and only have to wear masks if we have not been vaccinated or are ill. The only restriction that remains is that the distribution of the Precious Blood is still suspended until further notice.

I would also like to express my heartfelt congratulations to the 8th graders of St. Albert the Great at Assumption Academy as they graduate on June 1. We also congratulate those graduating from high school, college and graduate programs.  May the Good Lord grant them success in their future endeavors.