AGAIN–NO PHYSICAL MASS THIS SUNDAY
Remember to keep our brother, Eric B. in your prayers.
This has been a momentous week filled with much upheaval and unrest–in many ways, a much-needed week in the wake of the brutal murder of our black brother, George Floyd, at the hands of white police officers as we hopefully, now, begin to address systemic racism in our country.
This weekend we celebrate the goodness of our trinitarian God who comes as Creator, Savior, Spirit-friend–to be one of us and with us. Praising our God who is One “of kindness and mercy” is a wonderful backdrop as we confront the evil of racism .
Peace and love to all,
P.S. Please be in touch if I can serve you in any way.
- Exodus 34: 4-6, 8-9
- 2 Corinthians 13: 11-13
- John 3: 16-18
NO IN PERSON MASS AGAIN THIS WEEK!! Watch for materials for Mass time reflection on Saturday.
This week we will be treated to a homily from Pastor Dick Dahl–he is giving me a Sunday off and sharing his wisdom with us. Thank you Dick!
Pentecost is really a “high point” in the Easter Season as it signals that now, we are in fact, “confirmed” in our faith, blessed and strengthened, and commissioned to truly, be Jesus in our world, and when did our world need us more–to be all that we can be, for ourselves and others?!
Please email me, firstname.lastname@example.org or call, 507-429-3616, if I can be of service to you. As always, let us keep each other in our combined thought and prayer. Stay safe and well.
Peace and love,
- Acts 2: 1-11
- 1 Corinthians 12: 3-7, 12-13
- John 20: 19-23
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