Start Father’s Day with us on Sunday, June 21. I plan to reopen the parishes for public Masses on this date. Our joint parish re-opening subcommittee has been meeting weekly to assess current situations and provide recommendations to me. They will continue to meet weekly so that together we can remain vigilant in safeguarding the health of St. Sebastian and St. Catherine faith communities. Please accept our sincere gratefulness for understanding our caution and concerns for the safety of those who may choose to attend Mass in person.
We are following the Archdiocese as well as the City’s guideline for 25% of church capacity. We ask that everyone wear a mask; masks will be provided for those without them. Ushers will have been through training to ensure that COVID prevention rules are observed. The information in my letter on May 27 of what to expect upon returning still holds; here is a link to the Comeback Letter and Guidelines.
- Masses at Saint Sebastian will be 8 AM and 6 PM; Mass at Saint Catherine will be 9 AM.
- The 8:00 am Sunday Mass will be live-streamed on Facebook or saintsebastianonline.net.
- If for some reason Saint Sebastian cannot open the doors, the back-up plan is to celebrate Mass outside. Facebook and email notices with outdoor Mass updates would be sent.
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms or a fever, you are to PLEASE STAY HOME.
The most vulnerable are also encouraged to please stay home. This includes:
- Those 60 and older
- Those with compromised immune systems or with underlying health concerns
- Those who are anxious about the safety of being in public places during this time
Archbishop Listecki extended dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation to August 2, 2020. All persons may use their own discretion about attending Mass until that time. Please know that if you are not comfortable with our best efforts for sanitizing and social distancing, we will understand your decision to remain at home. We will joyfully await your arrival when you do feel comfortable returning to Mass.
Jermiah (in our 1st reading) says, “The Lord is with me, like a mighty champion: my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.” And he continues: “for he has rescued the life of the poor from the power of the wicked!” “Do not be afraid: you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Mt 10)
In these times of trial, when human lives around the world face the possibility of serious viral infection; when human lives, especially those of color, face injustices and indignities and even death in the hands of those who would do evil; and when quarantined families, especially women and children, face domestic violence with little or no hope of escape; we as a community of believers are reminded of the power of communal prayer and of God’s unending presence in our trials.
Fr. Peter Patrick Kimani