Letter from the Pastor, October 13, 2020

October 13, 2020

Feast of St. Edward the Confessor

Dear friends,

Time for an update. I hope things are going well and you’re in good health.

As of this writing, the church capacity is up to 50%. Masks are still required by State regulation while in the church for services. The Parish Center Chapel is used only for Baptisms, which can be registered for online at the parish website.

We have resumed the distribution of Holy Communion at the normal time of the Mass, though distancing between communicants is still in force. Those wishing to receive Holy Communion upon the tongue are welcome to do so, as always, kneeling along the altar rail on the St. Joseph’s side.

Beginning Sunday November 1st, All Saints’ Day, the Traditional Latin Mass will be offered at the regularly scheduled  12:30PM Mass on the first and third Sundays of every month. .(The Latin Mass scheduled for the last Sunday of October is cancelled.)

On Monday, November 2nd, All Souls’ Day, three Masses will be offered in the parish church as follows: the regular 9 AM Mass, a Traditional Latin Rite Missa Cantata for the Dead at 12 noon, and the annual Mass of Remembrance at 7 PM.

November is a time to remember, and pray for, our deceased loved ones. From the earliest days of our Faith, Catholics have been distinguished for intercession and Masses offered in a special way for the immortal souls of the Faithful Departed. Our All Soul’s Novena of Masses is a way of sharing in this outpouring of grace and mercy.

Religious Education resumes this month allowing for the changed circumstances.

I would like to express my gratitude to you for the extraordinary generosity with which you responded to my appeal for extra donation to the parish for our “budget crush”.  Your donations made up the loss of the important Easter collection, more than I expected! Many thanks!

Due to the Covid guidelines, the parish will not be able to provide Missalettes or hymnals for the foreseeable future. However, many Catholic publishing houses offer permanently bound Missals for the faithful that do not need to be replaced every year. A “Google search” will disclose many options for you. Autom and Magnificat  are among them, as well as other sites that offer books for sale.

Also, there are apps that you can download on your phone or tablet that provide the Mass texts. I have one called “I Breviary”  that offers many liturgical texts for every day. ExtraordinaryForm.org  provides similar resources for the Traditional Latin Mass.

With every best wish and remembrance at the Altar,

Father Robert Hewes