Dear People of St. John:
Until the national health emergency is lifted by President Trump, while obeying the archdiocesan directives regarding the Mass and other liturgical services, the church is closed.
We have been directed by our civil government leaders to stay home as much as possible. For the health and safety of fellow citizens the church is closed which means no public Rosary, Stations of the Cross, Adoration, Daily Mass or weekend Masses.
In the event of a Funeral Service (no funeral Mass) the service will take place in church and is open to the IMMEDIATE FAMILY ONLY, NO ONE ELSE.
I will continue to celebrate Mass once a weekend and this will be live streamed at 4:30pm on Saturday evening, March 28th and April 4th. The Holy Week schedule will be announced next week, along with the time of the Easter liturgy live broadcasts.
Holy Communion will be distributed at public Masses ONLY. Unlike other priests, your current pastor will not be turning the Body of Christ into “McJesus” for reception and delivery in the parking lot for a drive-by pickup. Such a practice, in my theological opinion, is outrageous and appalling, reducing Jesus to just another profane food item or commodity. And today I learned that this practice has been outlawed by the Archbishop.
PLEASE PONDER your own personal spiritualty and relationship with God. That relationship is PRIMARILY improved on through prayer in the privacy of our homes and hearts, NOT in public worship for 1 hour or less per week inside the church building.
My home is open for Confessions, please call first at 422-2996. A sincere and heart-felt prayer of sorrow for our sins is “Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” A Perfect Act of Contrition requires a sincere desire for forgiveness and the firm intention to make a regular confession when it is safe to do so. I can only absolve sins in the Church’s name; Our Lord and Savior forgives us and continues to do so any minute of our day, without the sacrament.
You personally and the world is alive in my prayer. I relish the day when this 21st century plague is past and the new abnormal can be lived one day at a time.
May God continue to bless you and keep you in His care!
I am with you