St. John Office and Church Update
Dear people of God:
During this unprecedented time in our lives, I want to offer my love and support. This Lenten season of fasting has taken on a whole new dimension. I believe that through this difficult and uncertain time, we are all called to re-examine our lives in the light of our faith in God, who is always faithful to us. We take so much for granted. The life of the Church, living in the physical and imperfect world, is also affected.
As of March 13, Archbishop Vigneron has implemented a suspension of all public masses, devotions, and gatherings in groups. For the time being, this suspension lasts until Monday of Holy Week, April 6, 2020. The current CDC guidelines call for no more than ten people gathered in one place together. Unfortunately, as of March 18, for the safety of all, after conversation with the parish staff, the church building will not be open to the public until further notice. This includes the cancellation of Stations of the Cross devotions, Eucharistic exposition, and even scheduled confession times. The church may be accessed on an individual request basis through one of the priests or staff.
Beginning Friday, March 20, the parish office will not have posted open hours until further notice. Staff will come in to work as necessary, and will also work from home. Please contact one of the priests or the parish office for pastoral needs, including confession and anointing, or even just for conversation or spiritual support. If no one answers the phone, you may leave a message, which will be checked by the staff with some regularity. For urgent matters, use the parish office number and follow the prompt. This line is monitored by the parish priests. Fr. Kevin also is happy to be reached at his e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Communication is important. We are continuing to publish the church bulletin, which is available on the parish website; a few physical copies are also being printed. We have included information that supports you and your family during this time. Check the parish website for updates.
In our own homes, we are challenged to sustain and deepen our faith using the resources that are available. Read and pray with the daily and Sunday mass readings. Check out formed.org. We may be physically separated, but the Church remains a family in faith and love.
Let us continue to walk this Lenten journey in faith and trust, knowing that Jesus has already offered the perfect sacrifice for us, His people. We priests pray for you in our private masses, and please pray for us as together we move through Lent to Easter 2020.
Fr. David Burgard