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Click here for an April 1st letter from Fr. Pat regarding Holy Week and updates from the archdiocese
Please view the video below from April 1, 2020, for important updates for our parish from Carol Daun and Fr. Pat. Previous updates are linked to on the left hand side of this page. We continue to pray for all and look forward to the day when we can again gather together as a community!
2 April 2020
Greetings to everyone! We are praying for all of you during these times of anxiety and separation. It will be glorious to gather again for Mass and school and all our usual activities. Let’s pray for an even greater appreciation of our blessings when this immediate crisis and its aftermath are over.
Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1mD8pIDU7c for the latest video update from Carol Daun and Fr. Pat. This video features new resources for Holy Week and a very basic summary of Archbishop Listecki’s conference call with priests on April 1.
After much thought and experimentation we have concluded that live-streaming the liturgies of Holy Week is not something we can do. We have wonderful sound in the church but we lack the equipment to stream simultaneous video and sound of an acceptable quality. The archbishop is adamant that the liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil cannot be videotaped and then played at the appropriate times; people must be able to pray along with these liturgies as they take place live at their appointed times of the day and night.
Under these very unusual circumstances—which we pray are never repeated—we suggest that you unite yourselves with the prayer of the archbishop as he presides at the liturgies of Holy Week as the spiritual leader of the local Church. Information about how to do so is in listed in the resources below.
The archbishop’s conference call
Archbishop Listecki conveyed very clearly to the 250 on the call that his chief concern is the health and safety of our families and parishioners. He is well aware of the spiritual burden his guidelines have placed on people who are eager to participate in the Eucharist and the life of the Church in their accustomed way.
But he asked all priests to be one with him in maintaining these restrictions so that we do not endanger ourselves or others despite our best intentions.
Here are some items from the archbishop:
We are very grateful for your continued financial support of St. Matthew Parish. Online giving doubled in the month of March. Donations can be mailed or dropped through the mail slot at the parish office.
Please continue to pray for the sick, health care workers, those who have lost their jobs, our local and national leaders, and for our fellow citizens and parishioners.