NO PHYSICAL MASS AGAIN THIS SUNDAY!!!
By now you have heard that the six Minnesota Catholic bishops will defy our governor’s order for limited church openings gathering 10 or less people beginning June 1st and proceed with Masses beginning on May 26–Pentecost Sunday. The bishops have also said that their Masses will be conducted with 1/3 capacity of the church spaces being used. They have also said that with stringent measures in place regarding sanitizing, wearing masks, etc. they feel all will be safe.
What these bishops don’t seem to understand when comparing the opening of “big box stores” as compared to churches, is the time spent in each facility. Shopping for necessities has been from the beginning of this pandemic and “in and out” sort of venture, whereas Mass is generally an hour or more in the same place, which makes for a less safe exposure. Another thing that the governor mentioned is that “singing” should basically not be done at this time for obvious reasons concerning potential transmission of the virus. I don’t read anything in the bishops’ statement regarding limiting singing, although that may be part of their plans.
All Are One is not able to open as we are not able to social-distance in our space and keep parishioners safe, so until everyone can be tested and tracing put in place or a vaccine becomes available, we won’t be meeting. There may be a time that we could try an outdoor Mass as the weather warms and the state has moved beyond its peak for transmission, but for now, my wisdom and best judgment is to abide by our governor’s wise, step-by-step and “let’s see” plans.
In addition, as we plan and prepare for Pentecost, let us consider the ways that our God may be encouraging us, in this present day to live out our confirmations in Jesus’ Spirit.
Peace and love–stay safe and well!
- Acts 1: 1-11 (Ascension)
- 1 Peter 4: 13-16
- John 17: 1-11 (7th Sunday of Easter–last two)
Again this week, NO PHYSICAL MASS, but we pray, just the same, for each other. Due to our small space, social-distancing isn’t possible, plus we are generally more than 10 per recommendations from our governor. So, until that time that more testing and follow-up tracing can be accomplished; we will need to remain a virtual community.
This week’s readings continue to remind us that, “everyone is welcome”–that God’s love is big enough to include all–let our love be the same! Stay safe and well.
Peace and love,
P.S. This next Thursday, May 21 is Ascension Thursday–I will send some reflection for that day next week.
- Acts 8: 5-8, 14-17
- 1 Peter 3: 15-18
- John 14: 15-21
NO MASS AGAIN this week, but do look for my homily and accompanying materials for your reflection later in the week.
Also look for another post sharing thoughts and information from groups that we have given financially to during this time of pandemic.
This Sunday, May 10th marks the 12th anniversary of All Are One Catholic church becoming a community of practicing believers in Winona, Minnesota. Since that first Mass celebrated in our space shared with the Lutheran Campus Center; we have become a parish! Thank you all for your faith in me and in each other.
And during this time of pandemic; we are not able to physically meet, but will as soon as is possible again–when it is safe to do so. I hear some talk about the weekend of May 31st as a possibility for diocesan churches to reopen with a whole catalog of precautions. I am of the mind that this is yet too soon with the idea of keeping you all safe in our small space. Until more people are able to be tested in our state and there is more assurance of who is sick and who isn’t through tracing; we will err on the side of caution.
Peace and love to all–stay safe and well,
- Acts 6: 1-7
- 1 Peter 2: 4-6
- John 14: 1-12
NO MASS AGAIN THIS WEEKEND.
No physical Mass once again this Sunday as we all social-distance to protect ourselves and each other. This will be Good Shepherd Sunday as we reflect on our God who considers each one of us unique, calls us by name, and will leave the 99 to find us when we become, lost.
Robert and I continue our prayers for each of you and ask you to remember us as well. We are a community and will remain one if we remember to hold each other in our hearts and prayers. Our community has been praying for our brother, Eric B. and I wanted you to know that he has been able to return to his home in Willowbrook with around-the-clock caregivers. He is much happier now to be in this familiar place–thanks all for your prayers.
Stay safe and well and write, firstname.lastname@example.org or call, 507-429-3616 if I may be of particular service to you.
Peace and love,
- Acts 2: 14, 36-41
- 1 Peter 2: 20-25
- John 10: 1-10
NO MASS THIS WEEKEND ONCE AGAIN!!!–Physical, that is! –this is a time to be “church” in other ways! This time of social distancing is perhaps teaching you, as it is me, how we might be “church” in other ways–how we might, in fact, receive “eucharist” in other ways. And of course; I am speaking beyond the “physical” bread. Because we can’t be together, does that preclude being community to each other? I don’t think so…
We are challenged as those on their way to Emmaus in this week’s Gospel, to find Jesus where we wouldn’t necessarily look! Let us be “church” in new and creative ways during these days of social-distancing.
If there is anything I can do for you, please don’t hesitate to call or email: 507-429-3616 or email@example.com.
Peace and love–stay safe and well–
- Acts 2: 14, 22-28
- 1 Peter 1: 17-21
- Luke 24: 13-35