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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
Amen.


From the Pastor’s Desk

May Jesus Christ, who comes in glory to bring salvation to all the faithful, be with you!

Our city has taken a step back with the rules and guidelines with regards to COVID-19. Because of the virus going out of control again, three rules are in place to protect everyone and try to keep people safe. Please follow these guidelines and the guidelines of the CDC. Keep wearing your mask, wash your hands, and be careful of your surroundings. Let us pray that those promising vaccines will be distributed quickly and show promising results.

This Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, is still special to our tradition and culture. Whether we stay home or celebrate it with family, let us give thanks to God for all the blessings he has showered upon us.

Next Sunday, we enter the season of Advent. This season is a preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas. May our intentions for Advent be preparing for the birth of Jesus Christ and an end to the coronavirus.

Today is the last Sunday in Ordinary Time. We celebrate Jesus Christ the King of the universe. As our King, Jesus Christ guides and leads us to his eternal kingdom. This is his purpose and mission. And his followers show that they truly belong to his kingdom by their service to others.

While living in these times of unknowing and this horrible pandemic, may we try our best to remain focused on Jesus Christ, our King, healer, consoler, and King who takes care of his faithful followers.

Peace & Blessings
Msgr. Britto


DEACON’S CORNER

In Honor of Black Catholic History Month

The theme for the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is those who use their gifts and talents in service of anther shall be known as children of light.

Richmond Barthe (1901-1988) Born in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi in 1901, Richmond moved to New Orleans, Louisiana at an early age. Little is known about his early youth, except that he grew up in devoutly Roman Catholic household, he enjoyed drawing and painting, and his formal schooling did not go beyond grade school. From age sixteen until his early twenties, he supported himself with several service and unskilled jobs, including house servant, porter, and cannery worker. His artistic talent was noticed by his parish priest when he contributed two of his paintings to a fundraising event for the church.

The priest was so impressed with his are work that he encouraged Barthe to apply to the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois. The priest helped to raise enough money to pay for his travel and tuition, from 1924 to 1928, Barthe studied painting at the Art Institute, while continuing to engage in unskilled, service employment to support himself. In 1928 he moved to New York City, locating a studio in Greenwich Village, and creating art and socializing with central figures of the Harlem renaissance, including Langston Hughes, Alain Locke, Augusta Savage and Carl Van Vechten.

Barthe continued to create sculpture well into the 1960’s and some of which was commissioned s public art. He sculptured and American Eagle for the Social Security building in Washington, DC and a bas relief for Harlem River Housing Project. In 1949, the Haitian government commissioned him to create monuments to the revolutionary leaders Toussaint L’Overture and Jean Jacque Dessalines in Port au Prince. He returned to the United States and died in 1989.

Deacon Nightingale
Our commitment to Christ: All we can.


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:

  1. Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water.

  2. Wear your mask in church except children 2years old and younger

  3. Do not attend Mass if you are high risk to contract COVID19

  4. Do not attend Mass if you are sick

  5. Use the center doors when entering church.

  6. Please sanitize your hands when you enter church

  7. Missals and hymnals will no longer be in the pews.

  8. Please follow directions on signs when taking your seat.

  9. Members of the same household may sit together.

  10. Sit 6 ft apart if not in the same household

  11. No Sign of Peace at this time

  12. No Precious Blood at this time

  13. Do not hold hands during the “Our Father”

  14. Receive Holy Communion by hand remove your mask before receiving Holy Communion

  15. Do not congregate after Mass, please go directly to your car.

  16. 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.