Dear Parishioners:

I want to thank all the volunteers who helped us resume public Mass last weekend; we should all be thankful to them for their time in preparing, and then implementing, a plan that was both safe and solemn for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

For the foreseeable future, Masses will continue to be size-controlled and via sign-up only.  It is crucial that we maintain social distancing, wear our masks, and wash our hands, to try and limit the spread of any viruses, but especially COVID-19.

Relative to wearing your mask/face covering at Mass, I want to encourage those receiving Communion in the hand to remove their mask and consume the Sacrament just to the side of the priest or minister.  I know we are getting used to this new way of operating, with our face coverings, but we had far too many returning to their seats with the Blessed Sacrament in their hand, and consuming at their seat.  That should not be happening, as that practice lends itself to possible profanation of the Sacrament; the longer you hold our Eucharistic Lord in your hand, the more chance for dropping the Blessed Sacrament.  Please try to remove your mask with one hand, and consume the Host right after reception; I ask that parents please discuss this with your children (who receive), prior to Mass.

Two Masses this weekend (the 9:00am and 1:30pm) will conclude with the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament, as it is the Solemnity of Corpus Christi.  As faithful Catholics, we are bound to render homage to God, and we typically do so by kneeling, bowing, folding our hands, and striking our breast.  A Procession with the Eucharistic Lord is another way to render homage to the Mystic Body of Christ, and is especially appropriate on this Feast of Corpus Christi.

As Catholics, we believe in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ being fully present, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, in the Sacred Host.  And so, on this Solemnity, we will render homage to Him in a short procession in the spirit of earnest prayer, deep reverence and faith, characterized by penitence, gratitude, and Christian joy.  Let our Corpus Christi Procession counter those worldly processions and parades, as we walk with our Lord in a clam and confident procession for peace.

Be assured of my prayers for you all,

Fr. Cook