Important Update

 

 

Parish Updates May 8, 2020

Parish Updates April 29th, 2020

Fr. Pat shares a reflection with us on this weekend’s readings and how we can continue to be strong communities, and Chris O’Loughlin shares her gift of music.

 

 

 

April 22nd Updates

 

 

Fr. Pat Gospel Reflection for 2nd and 3rd Sundays of Easter

Important Parish Updates, April 15th, 2020

Easter Season Resources

 

 


Click here for an April 1st letter from Fr. Pat  regarding Holy Week and updates from the archdiocese

 

Holy week resources for all

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:

  • The public celebration of Mass remains suspended until May 3. The date may be extended if circumstances warrant.
  • The dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass extends until May 31. This acknowledges that people who are concerned for their health may feel pressure to return to Mass right away.
  • Personal prayer in church is acceptable if social distancing and adequate sanitizing of the space can be maintained. We are careful about both considerations at St. Matthew.
  • There are to be no parking lot Masses.
  • There are to be no communion services of any kind. Communion should only be given to the dying.
  • General absolution is not allowed because of the many people who gather.
  • Palm branches are not to be distributed at this time. But they can be kept for later distribution if circumstances allow.
  • AVOID FINANCIAL SCAMS! Some people are taking advantage of this crisis to prey on people’s generosity.  Do not respond to any email solicitations for money / gift cards, even if they appear to be from someone you know, such as your priest or parish staff.
  • On Easter Sunday at noon, priests are asked to ring their church bells to announce the resurrection of Christ. The bells of the Little Brick Church will be rung.

 

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.