A message to all Parishioners from Fr. Tcheou:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is my prayer that all of us are in some way turning to the Lord during this time of need, especially for those who are sick. May Our Lady continue to pray for us and protect us.
Yesterday, the Bishop dispensed all of the faithful in the Diocese of Harrisburg from the obligation to attend Holy Mass on the weekends until further notice. This means that you are not bound at this time to participate at Sunday or Saturday evening Mass, however, the usual schedule for daily Mass and the weekend Masses will continue. All are still welcome to attend Holy Mass if you are able.
We do ask that you exercise due diligence and if you or someone in your home is currently sick, to avoid coming to Church. There will be no cantor-led music at the weekend Masses until further notice, and we ask at this time to avoid touching and using the hymnals and missalettes.
Religious Education classes on Sundays and Wednesday evenings have been suspended until further notice. Our dedicated volunteer teachers will be in touch with parents to explain ways that catechesis in the meantime could be carried out at home with your children.
The Friday Soup and Scripture tonight, followed by Stations of the Cross, WILL occur tonight, but there will NOT be any future Soup and Scripture nights for the rest of Lent. Because the handling of the Stations booklets may pose a risk of any germs transfer, we will also not have Stations after tonight for the rest of Lent.
The holy water stoops have already been removed, but you may of course always take some blessed and exorcised Holy Water home with you. You may bring your own bottles or take one of the plastic bottles underneath the Holy Water dispenser (if they are still available), which stands by the right hand wall of the Church.
Bulletins will be placed on a table in the Narthex for you to pick up if you wish.
The offertory collection will not be collected as usual; we will have baskets by the entrance of the Church for you to place your offertory envelope or donation as you enter or leave the Church. If you cannot make it to Holy Mass, you are most welcome to mail to us your weekly offertory donation.
We are doing our utmost best to sanitize and clean all door handles, door knobs, pews, etc. To those who are assisting in distributing Holy Communion or engaging in any activity in the Parish that allows you access to physical contact with others, we ask that you wash your hands thoroughly before and after such activity.
For those who will be staying at home and cannot attend Holy Mass, please try your utmost best to reserve some time on Sundays to worship the Lord with your loved ones through prayer and praise. You may watch the Holy Mass on cable television, spend a few moments reading from Sacred Scripture, pray the Rosary or other devotions, etc. Most importantly, it is a beautiful Catholic tradition to make what is called a Spiritual Communion, a prayer to be united to Christ spiritually since one cannot receive Sacramental Communion at this time. A form of a prayer for Spiritual Communion may be found below at the end of my message.
Lastly, please pray for all those who are sick: those who have been afflicted with this latest strain of the Coronavirus, or any other ailment, and please pray for all of our dedicated and selfless men and women in the various medical and emergency professions. May Our Lady, Health of the Sick, pray for us and protect all of us.
An Act of Spiritual Communion by Saint Alphonsus Ligouri
My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
****PLEASE CLICK ON THE PHOTO AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE FOR THE PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF GOOD HEALTH****