Praised be Jesus Christ!
My dear family,
I would like to address the issue surrounding the prudent precautions regarding the pandemic. St. Thomas More parish is taking all the necessary precautions. We are providing hand sanitizer and we are disinfecting the Church after every Sunday Mass as well as during the week. The pews have been marked off for social distancing. There are two lines for communion to enable the preferred way of receiving the communion on the tongue as well as providing a line for those who choose to receive in the hand.
Much hass been made about the wearing of masks. As a parish, we provide masks in the Narthex for anyone who may have forgotten theirs. We are complying the rules set down by both the governor and the Archdiocese. In the case of religious activities the governor has relaxed the mask mandate. The Archdiocese has said “No one may be denied a seat in Church for not wearing a mask.”
Okay. That being said, we must also ask ourselves that for which the law of charity provides. While it is not a mandate, if some of our brothers and sisters in the faith, especially those who are high risk or live with someone high risk, feels more comfortable returning to the altar only if masks are more widespread, do we not have a moral inclination to wear a mask? The Sacred Sacrifice of the Mass is not the place for a personal statement. It is the desire that all who are in the state of grace have access to Holy Communion. As the priest celebrant, I am not permitted to wear a mask, but in the words of the diocese, for those not serving as the priest celebrant, acolyte or Extra-ordinary Minister of Holy Communion, “masks are strongly recommended”. Please consider this as an act of charity towards others.
To address those who are concerned about those people not wearing masks. The CDC requires either a mask or social distancing. Since we provide both, there is a very low risk in attending Mass. I urge you to return to Mass! We miss you and need your prayers united to Christ in the Eucharist! Those who are high risk should always take the proper precautions and be prudent, but please remember that the Eucharist is essential to life!
May God reward you!
Prayer for an End to COVID-19
Lord Jesus Christ, our Divine Physician, we ask you to guard and protect us from Coronavirus COVID-19 and all serious illness. For all who have died from it, have mercy; for those that are ill now, bring healing. For those searching for a remedy, enlighten them; for medical caregivers helping the sick, strengthen and shield them. For those working to contain the spread, grant them success; for those afraid, grant peace. May your Precious Blood be our defense and salvation. By your grace, may you turn the evil of disease into moments of consolation and hope. May we always fear the contagion of sin more than any illness. We abandon ourselves to your infinite Mercy. Amen.
Pedro de la Cruz
Please make this Act of Spiritual Communion daily, IF NOT HOURLY!
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.