You will notice this Sunday at our 9:30 livestream Mass that we have members of our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) who are being received into the Church today. This group has been meeting over the past year, learning more about the Catholic faith, and its members are now ready to be either baptized, receive first communion, or be confirmed, or some combination of the three. This reception was to have happened at our Easter Vigil back in April but of course had to be delayed. These rituals remind us of the constantly renewing life of the Church, rooted in the experience of encounter with Jesus Christ through the gospels and by a way of life that seeks to be faithful to the Gospel. We welcome these new members of the Church and continue to pray for them as they now join us in full communion.
Please note that the Mass this Sunday is with a controlled group: we know who’s coming, everyone attending has to come with a mask, have their temperature taken, and needs to abide by strict distancing guidelines. We have three medical professionals who have advised us on this, and all three are present at today’s mass to observe. We have a reopening task force for the church, which includes these medical professionals and also members of our staff, and the task force has done a lot of work in preparing for this opening of our doors under these conditions.
After this weekend, we will evaluate what might come next for us. Next Sunday, July 5th, we will continue with the livestream only. We will, however, look further into July at our options for opening our doors. We are hearing from people who say keep the doors closed, and people who say open the doors up. Our priority remains the health and safety of everyone. We listen carefully and seriously to guidance from the science and medical community, and balance that with our own capabilities to open our doors in a safe manner. We will continue to keep you informed as we go forward. Please also note that the 9:30 livestream will continue either way. We have found it an effective way of reaching the most people.
Some good books to recommend based on current events in our country: “Jesus and the Disinherited” by Howard Thurman, “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson, and “Reporting Civil Rights” which is a box set published by the Library of America, and tells the story of the Civil Rights movement in the United States. All of these books help to open our eyes to the sin of racism in our land.
Thank you as always to all who continue to support our parish through Faith Direct, and by sending in donations in the mail. As always, we are grateful.
Blessings on your week!