Prayer of St. Cyprian
Almighty God, we are reminded through your servant St. Cyprian, of your Spirit always within us and Your continued presence in us, and of our oneness with You and the Church. May we always grow together and profess You in Faith, Unity, and Hope. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we ask this through Christ our Lord
From the Pastor’s Desk
May Jesus Christ, who sustains us with the word of Life, be with you!
Like the past several months, the month of October is quickly passing us by. Soon we will change our clocks one hour back and darkness will come earlier in the day. As they say: “Time waits for no one.” During these unsettled days, please take the time to remember Our Lord, pause for a moment to give Him praise.
Again, I want to thank everyone for your faithfulness, commitment, and devotion to our parish. I am grateful for your Stewardship of treasure, and for your presence at Mass on Sundays. We continue to make sure the Church is sanitized and safe for you. We also continue our commitment to Live Stream Sunday Mass and tape our daily Masses. I look forward to the day when we are free to return to Church to worship and fellowship with the entire Church community. In the meantime, may we continue to pray for each other and our Parish. May we continue to give God something that we do not give to any earthly ruler. That thing is worship. Whether we do it in person at Church or through Live Stream, may we put God first and give Him thanks and praise.
The readings for Mass toady remind us of this. Jesus said: “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and give to God what belongs to God.” We are to give thanks and praise to God always and remembering all He has done for us. Whether at work, school, travel, in bad and difficult situations, take a moment each day to call on God, acknowledge His presence, and give Him thanks and praise.
Peace & Blessings,
Give Me Jesus
In these very difficult times, it’s so important to do our best to keep Jesus always on our mind. One way to “pray without ceasing”, is to simply think about Jesus throughout the day or about His Mother, Mary who will take our needs and concerns to her son, on our behalf. Prayer doesn’t always have to be a request; sometimes prayer can consist of raising our minds and hearts to God during the ordinary events we experience.
We can find ourselves in various circumstance throughout the day. St. Francis Borgia, a Jesuit of the 16th century, wrote on this topic. He went through nearly every human activity and wrote a brief reflection for them showing how we can think of Jesus in every circumstance.
Take some time this coming week and reflect on some ways to bring Jesus into everyday things of life walking, running, standing, fatigued, hungry, cold, thirsty, lonely, fearful, sick, relocating, starting a new job, unemployed, can’t pay a bill, death of a loved one.
As you reflect, write down your thoughts. These simple meditations remind us that Jesus lived as we o on earth, experiencing all human activities. In this way, every action of ours can be satisfied and made holy. Jesus’ presence is always with us. And our thoughts about Him can become our prayer.
Our commitment to Christ: Jesus died for me so I will live for HIM.
New Poll Show Favorability of the Church is on the Rise
A new poll by Saint Leo University Polling Institute shows that Catholics have a higher opinion of the Church than they did a year ago. The poll shows that U.S. Catholics expressed a 74% level of favorability of the Church, compared to 57% last April. Similarly, the general population’s opinion has increased from 40% in April 2019 to about 42%. As parishes, diocese and other institutions of the Church wrestle to respond to 2018 revelations of further clergy sexual abuse, this report brings hope that, while much more needs to be done, the Church and its members are healing. The report also recorded the faithful’s view of Pope Francis, which sat at 75%, only slightly down from November with 78%, both of which were higher than the view of the pop by the general public.
Coming To Mass, Please Remember
Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water.
Wear your mask in church except children 2years old and younger
Do not attend Mass if you are high risk to contract COVID19
Do not attend Mass if you are sick
Use the center doors when entering church.
Please sanitize your hands when you enter church
Missals and hymnals will no longer be in the pews.
Please follow directions on signs when taking your seat.
Members of the same household may sit together.
Sit 6 ft apart if not in the same household
No Sign of Peace at this time
No Precious Blood at this time
Do not hold hands during the “Our Father”
Receive Holy Communion by hand remove your mask before receiving Holy Communion
Do not congregate after Mass, please go directly to your car.
Please leave your mask on as you exit church
We will continue to follow the guidelines from the CDC. The church will be sanitized between each mass and deep cleaned during the week preparing for Sunday Mass.