Welcome to St. Catharine - St. Margaret Parish
Parish churches may begin the celebration of limited “in church” public weekend Masses with no more than 1/3 occupancy starting on June 13-14, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, observing all requirements listed below. Weekday “in church” public Masses with no more than 25 persons attending may begin on Monday, June 8, 2020, observing the same requirements. Pastors will determine the most fair and effective ways to ensure proper observance of those numbers.
The full statement is found here:
*Daily mass will resume on Monday, June 8, 2020 with mass at 12 noon in St. Catharine Church
*Capacity is limited to 50 people maximum.
*Masks must be for everyone over 2 years old.
St. Catharine School Playground
The Sunday celebration of Mass will return with open air mass at St. Catharine School playground at 6 PM Saturday and 10:30 AM Sunday. Many people had requested an outdoor celebration of mass and the limited capacity of St. Catharine Church while observing social distancing did not make it a viable option.
*Please bring your own beach chairs, blankets, and sun hats.
*The school gymnasium will serve as an alternative venue in case inclement weather but the capacity is limited to 100 and the gym is not handicapped accessible.
*There will only be one entrance on Salem Avenue but all exits can be used.
Mass will be celebrated in St. Margaret Church at 4 PM Saturday and 9 AM Sunday morning.
*Weddings in St. Catharine Church are permitted but limited to a wedding ceremony with a maximum of 50 people.
*Funerals can commence again with a limited congregation of 50 people in St. Catharine Church, 100 People in St. Margaret Church, 50 people in St. Anne Mausoleum and 25 people in Resurrection Mausoleum.
Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers and Lectors will be getting an email to sign up for weekend masses through flocknote and ministry scheduler pro. No one will be auto scheduled. Altar servers will not be used at this time. I would ask you to please be patient with us as we engage in this reopening while trying to ensure your safety.
Thank you for your continued support of the Parish in these challenging times. I truly appreciate all of the notes expressing your gratitude and encouragement for our continued liturgical and pastoral care. Please remember that our reopening plan is essentially an experiment that will be revised depending on the circumstances and requirements and will undoubtedly evolve. I need everyone to continue to be cooperative and patient to make all this work. With God’s grace, I’m confident and hopeful it will.
Saturdays 3:30PM confessions in the sanctuary at St. Margaret’s Church
In our gospel today, Jesus reminded his disciples, as they’re being sent to their mission, “When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say…for it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”
Opportunities and threats are ordinarily seen as contrasting realities. The former is to be sought, while the latter is to be avoided. But in the mission of announcing God’s Kingdom, opportunities can coincide with threats. The threatening situation of persecution can become an opportune occasion for proclamation and witness.
In the words of Jesus in our gospel today, it takes the shrewdness or smartness of a serpent to recognize the threatening situations, and the simplicity of a dove to turn them into opportunities for the Holy Spirit to supply the words to be spoken.
In God’s unfathomable wisdom, even the moment of darkest evil can become the most radiant moment of good. Jesus’ death on the cross is the best example. The tragic moment on the cross is also a moment of salvation.
Let us take this moment to ask God to give us the courage to face every threatening situation and turn them into moments of opportunities to lend our voice to the powerful testimony of the Holy Spirit.
- Daily Reflection (7/13) July 13, 2020Daily Readings from USCCB http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/071320.cfm Confessions in the sanctuary Saturdays 3:30PM St. Margaret Church ** Volunteers are needed to help live stream masses on Facebook. Please text...
- Daily Reflection (7/11&7/12) July 12, 2020Daily Readings from USCCB http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/071220.cfm Confessions in the sanctuary Saturdays 3:30PM St. Margaret Church ** Volunteers are needed to help live stream masses on Facebook. Please text...