Fr. Chris Bulletin Letters

 

Dear Friends, 

Great things are happening in our community as the Catholic Church is ending the dispensation from attending Sunday Mass and loosening up on the Covid-19 protection and safety requirements.

Please see the letter from Archbishop Thompson and the other Bishops of Indiana in the next pages of today’s bulletin.

In short, the lifting of the dispensation from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass will take place effective, Friday June 11, the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Except for unique situations as described in the Bishop’s letter those who are otherwise healthy are obliged to return to Sunday Mass by the weekend of June 12-13, 2021.

The Church speaks of the Mass as “the source and summit of our life and mission as Catholics.” The source, meaning everything in our faith comes from it and everything in our faith can be obtained and known through it. It is God’s gift to us to remind us of God’s love for us! It will be great to see those I have not seen back to Mass with us! We are also loosening up on our Covid-19 protection and safety requirements.

Effective immediately, we will no longer require the 6 feet social distancing and will open all pews for seating. The Archdiocese has also stated that “Effective immediately, the wearing of face coverings is now strongly encouraged at the liturgical celebrations in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis until further notice. The specifics of the use of face coverings may now be made at the local parish level”.

I reiterate the statement from the Archdiocese that face masks at this time will be strongly encouraged but not required for attendance.

As social distancing is no longer required (it was impossible to do at Most Sorrowful Mother of God Church because of the Church size) the Saturday 4:00 pm Mass will now be returned to the parish of Most Sorrowful Mother of God effective Saturday, June 12, 2021.

In today’s Gospel Jesus gives us once again reminds us of our Pentecost mission, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” Through our words and actions may we each be good disciples and teachers!

Peace be with you,

Father Chris