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Parish Update April 1st, 2020: 

Dear friends in Christ,

As you are aware from the news, our country is in stay at home mode for the next thirty days.  That means that there will be no public Masses, funerals (graveside services are allowed), baptisms or confessions (unless grave circumstances), or weddings at this time.  I realize this is heartbreaking for all of us, however, the goal is to keep us safe and to facilitate a return to public celebrations as soon as possible.

Please visit the Virtual Parish section of this website for daily and Sunday Mass as well as other spiritual aides.  Fortunately, through the generosity of volunteers who clean the Church, we are keeping the church open for public prayer seven days a week from 6am to 6pm.  Please follow CDC guidelines when entering the Church and limit the occupancy to ten people at a time. 

Continue reading for the latest information on Holy Week Celebrations. There will be slight adjustments to private prayer hours in the church during holy week given filming in the Church.  Please know that our priests are well and praying for you.  If you should have any questions or prayer requests email me at frjerry@ptd.net.  Bishop Bambera’s message on Holy Week can be found here:

Bishop Bambera's Video Message

Holy Week Celebrations (Can be viewed on the virtual parish section of this website):

Palm Sunday April 5, 2020: The Sunday Mass will be filmed at 4:00pm Saturday Evening (Vigil Mass) and posted to this website that evening. There will be no palms available to the public given the risk of the virus.

Holy Thursday April 9, 2020: Holy Thursday Mass will be filmed at 4:00pm Thursday evening and posted to this website that evening.

Good Friday April 10, 2020: Good Friday Services will be filmed at 11:00am Friday morning and posted to this website that afternoon. 

Easter Sunday April 12, 2020: Easter Sunday Mass will be filmed at 7:00am Sunday Morning and posted to this website that Morning.

Timing delays are possible given the complexity of filming these services as well as posting delays during times of high volume. We will do our best to be timely.

Church hours during Holy Week for Private Prayer

            Palm Sunday:        12pm – 6pm

            Holy Thursday:      6am – 2pm

            Good Friday: 6am -10am and 5pm - 9pm

            Holy Saturday:       6am to 6pm

            Easter Sunday:       12pm – 6pm

Many parishioners have asked how they can support the Church financially during this time as many expenses are fixed. We provide the following options: 

Drop off at parish office (There is a 24 hour mail dropbox near the parish office door)

Or simply by Mail 

May Almighty God bless you the Father and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Fr. Jerry, Pastor

 



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