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 hears the cry of the poor with mercy, be with you!
I continue to be grateful to our parishioners who are showing up for Sunday Mass. Your presence is inspiring. I look forward to seeing more parishioners returning for Sunday Mass. To our parishioners who are not ready to return to Sunday Mass at Church, we are waiting for you. We want you to be comfortable when you come to Mass. Again, be assured that social distancing is in action and cleaning of the Church takes place after each Mass. For parishioners not ready to return to Sunday Mass, we will continue to Live Stream the 11:00 Mass.
In our parish bulletin, I ask you to pray for several intentions: safe streets, an end to COVID-19, and all our parishioners both living and deceased. I am coming to you with an urgent need for prayer to end gun violence in our city. This crime is becoming too rampant and familiar. Too many innocent lives are being caught in the middle of this violence. I am urgently asking you to increase your prayer for an end to gun violence. I am also looking into other ways our parish can be more active with this issue, whether a nine day novena, a day of fasting, an hour of prayer, recitation of the rosary in private, in church or Live Stream, or something else. I am open to suggestions. As spiritual people and citizens of this city, we need to see how we can make a difference to combat this issue of gun violence. Our persistence might make a difference.
In our Gospel reading for today, Jesus heals the daughter of the Canaanite woman who persists in her pursuit of him. Let us listen to God’s word and contemplate the boundaries we are called to break down. May we be persistent in some way.
Peace & Blessings,
The Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Blessed Virgin Mary (Jetty Orozco)
A mother of pure love, watching over us with the angels above. Oh, Mother of pure mercy and grace, we are humbled by the gentleness of your face. Blessed are you among women, you are the mother of every human. Mother of Jesus Christ the King, our joyous heart to you we sing.
Your divine love and light, your unconditional love for everyone shines so bright, it resonates timeless shelter, comfort, and peace to all of us sinners. Embraces by your welcoming hands, your untiring forgiveness is shining radiance. An immaculate kindness that blossoms sweet scented fragrance, bringing hope and eternal salvation to all humans.
Oh, Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for the sick, the dying, the lonely. Let your fervent compassion and goodness be a shining example, true love and care to our siblings we’ll forever kindle.
Virgin Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners, guide us with your light so we can be with God in heaven forever. Please save us from hell’s burning fire, bring us now closer to your heart’s desire. Oh, Virgin Mary, clothed with love and affection, beautiful eyes that loved every child of every generation enlighten us with your strength and wisdom.
Let your blessings and sweet love continue to pour on everyone in the world, the weary, the troubled and the poor. Set us free from worry and pain as we rely on your healing power, help us overcome sin and temptation, we now surrender, and in times of adversity, may we not forget to pray the holy rosary and have faith in the great union of the Trinity. Forever we triumphantly praise your name in glory. Amen
Our commitment to Christ: Commitment is an act not a word
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.