I just realized that I overlooked mentioning one of our special deceased members in my Holy Thursday homily, and that is, Bob Sherman. We continue to miss his good and gentle presence among us. My apologies to his wife, Mary and their family.
Peace and love in this Easter time,
From previous communiques, you know that I presided at Mass yesterday. Four others besides Robert and I were present and we observed safety measures including hand-sanitizing, no hand-holding at the Our Father or hugging at the “Kiss of Peace.” We also dispensed with the cup for wine at communion and used social distancing somewhat as far as sitting close to others.
Even though no one was unwell within our gathering, I feel that it is time to stop gathering for liturgy as a measure to keep us all safe for a certain amount of time. Social distancing seems to be the method to choice being applied within our schools, nursing homes and the hospital and a wise choice I feel.
My suggestion to our board was that we suspend Masses for two weeks, bringing us to Palm Sunday and then we can reassess from there–most have weighed in and are all in agreement with this plan. We are in a very fluid situation and just have to take things almost a day at a time.
I will continue to do homilies for the weeks that we will miss gathering as a group and try to be in contact with you in other ways. Please give me a call (507) 429-3616, or email, firstname.lastname@example.org if you are experiencing any unmet needs due to illness.
Our Interfaith Group in town is meeting via Zoom today to brainstorm about ways that we can, as faith communities, assist those in need who may be quarantined due to the coronavirus.
In the meantime, let us pray for each other and do all that we can to stay safe. There may be opportunities for our parish to assist financially the city-wide efforts to care for our community–I will keep you posted as I hear more.
Peace and love and all other blessings,
I know you are all keeping track of the Covid 19 pandemic and are most likely wondering how All Are One Catholic church will respond. At present we will continue to meet at our regular Mass times and assess as we go. I have put into place several protective measures to keep us all safe. These measures are as follows:
First of all, if you are feeling unwell, please stay home and if this is the case, please let me know so that I can give you spiritual support as needed.
Second, for those coming to church, we have dispensed with hand-holding, hugging and use of the cup at communion. There will be hand santizers readily–available and we will attempt to keep greater spaces between the chairs.
Now, all that having been said, this crisis in health seems to change with each day and this is a very fluid thing that we will assess week by week. I want each of you to know that first and foremost, you should do what you feel is required to be safe. As you know, our community, for the most part, falls into the group that are more susceptible for this illness. If this means that you choose to absent yourself from Mass for a time as we see how this illness works itself out, then know you have my blessing, but for now, we will continue to meet, with the above precautionary measures in place.
God’s blessings to you all,
This is a bit of short notice but wanted you to know and if you can come out and give some support, please do!
In regard to recent happenings in the Middle East, the Interfaith Council of Winona invites us all to gather this evening, Monday, January 6, 2020 at 4:00 – 5:00 P.M. in Windom Park to stand in solidarity with our Muslim and Iranian friends. The planning is still influx, so I can’t give you an agenda per se, but come for all or part and share your positive energy for peace and lawful action with regard to working together as nations in our world. –Pastor Kathy
I forgot to include in the bulletin, a very important item for next week! On Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 6:30 P.M. in the First Congregational church in Winona, an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be held. The theme will be, Tearing Down Walls. There will be interfaith readings, prayers and songs. There will a chance to make a donation to Community Bible church to off-set the cost of utility bills for the Warming Center housed in their building.
Hopefully you can attend and pray with our community for the needs of our country and our world as well as, in gratitude for our many gifts as a nation!
Peace and love,