The church is beginning the reopening process per the guidelines of the Diocese. As part of this process we are following a plan that requires volunteers to assist with various aspects of the reopening. Those areas are Greeting, Clean up and Set up. We have created a Sign Up Genius to help track and identify those who are willing and able to help. If you are interested in being part of the team please click on the link below or call the church office to sign up. Please read over the criteria for serving in these positions and make sure you meet the criteria before signing up.
Thank you for your patience through this time being away and getting back to the church. We are excited about celebrating the Mass together in person as a family again. More details about resuming Masses will be forthcoming as we get them from the Diocese and develop our plans.
God Bless you all!
Please read, study and pray over this statement regarding the death of Mr. George Floyd from our Episcopal Conference. May the Holy Spirit enkindle in the hearts of us all the fire of His Divine Love. May that love help us to work to heal the Racial Divide in the United States and bring an end to racial prejudice and social unrest.
CELEBRATION OF CONFIRMATION
Bishop Braxton has decided to postpone all those parish celebrations of the Sacrament of Confirmation (grades 6 through high school) scheduled from May 1 to May 20. No dates to reschedule at this time have been determined. As information about the virus from the Governor’s office becomes known, possible future dates will be discussed.
As of now, the information sent on April 2 concerning the celebrations that were rescheduled from April still remains the same.
A Prayer to Combat the Coronavirus Pandemic
For You alone are our hope.
House of Neighborly Service
House of Neighborly Service (HNS) is now planning the summer lunch program for the entire Monroe County. They assemble family lunch grocery bags that are picked up or delivered once a week on Thursday to 150 families! If anyone would be willing to donate, below is a list of most needed items:
1 lb packages of lunch meat - Drop off at HNS office due to refrigeration
Packages of cheese slices - Drop off at HNS office due to refrigeration
Packages of hot dogs - Drop off at HNS office due to refrigeration
Pancake mix & syrup
Mac & Cheese family size
Chips or snacks (especially corn chips) - Family size bags
Canned soups or pastas
Family size boxes of cereal
Peanut butter and jelly
Boxes meals (Pizza kits, spaghetti dinners, Hamburger Helper, etc.)
Boxes of granola bars, pudding cups, fruit cups, jello cups
Taco shells, salsa, taco seasonings
Gummy fruits, Little Debbie type cakes, etc.
Cans of diced tomatoes and corn
Pasta and pasta sauce
If you have any questions, call their office at 939-8900. Thanks!
A Message from your Pastor:
Adult Faith Formation:
The COVID-19 pandemic has been, for countless people around the world, a great and unexpected trial. But for Catholics, this trial is not only economic, social, or medical—it is spiritual. Plunged into a time of darkness and separated from the sacraments and their parish communities, the faithful are feeling isolated, disheartened, and uncertain about what the future holds.
For the Adult Faith Formation DVD class this week, we viewed and discuss this 25-minute film Outreach to the Unaffiliated. This video was produced by the United States Bishop's Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis. In the video, you'll hear from expert evangelists and sociologists, as well as young people who don't affiliate with any religion. We hope this video sparks new conversations, insights, and ultimately hope around this important topic.
Watch the film right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znyEsvbrM8k
Mass Opportunities During COVID 19:
The list of online masses throughout our Diocese. HERE
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Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church's Facebook page will have daily live streaming of Mass at 9 am and two live streaming of Masses on Saturdays at 5 pm and Sundays at 10 am. Additional resources can be found below.
Click HERE for A Liturgy of the World for Home on the Fourth Sunday of Lent.
Click HERE for an explanation on "How to Pray the Rosary." This may be a new form of prayer for some individuals or an opportunity for parents to teach their children about the beauty and power of praying the rosary.
Following is a reminder on where to find a televised Mass (click on the title to view the website):
Sunday Masses for the homebound telecast from the Archdiocese of St. Louis (includes listings for both antenna and cable television, radio and online)
Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville - English and Spanish Masses available beginning March 22, 2020
EWTN: https://www.ewtn.com/tv/channel-finder (English)
Catholic TV: https://www.catholictv.org
2020 Gold Rush
Click here after June 1 to purchase tickets: http://e.givesmart.com/events/hhW
Health & Safety Measures
- Parishioners should not come to Mass and parish activities if they are feeling sick with symptoms of the virus or if their immune system is compromised. Anyone who is ill is automatically dispensed from the obligation to participate in the Sunday Eucharist.
- Make sure all vessels used at Mass, once purified, are thoroughly washed with soap and hot water after each use.
- The greeting of peace should not be a handshake or a kiss. It should be verbal without physical contact.
- Holding hands, which is not formally a part of the Mass, should be discontinued.
- Parishioners should keep a reasonable distance from the nearest person in church, whenever possible.
- The Faithful should receive Holy Communion only in their hand and not on the tongue.
- Discontinue the distribution of the Blood of Christ to the Faithful from the chalice.
- All holy water fonts and baptistries must be emptied and covered at this time. Holy water should be poured out on the ground.
- Priests, Deacons, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion should practice good hygiene, washing their hands before Mass begins and using an alcohol-based antibacterial solution before and after distributing Holy Communion. This should be done in a reverent and non-distracting manner.
- All parishioners should be mindful of the need to wash their hands with soap regularly throughout the day and make every effort to avoid touching their faces.
- All Priests, Deacons, and Extraordinary Ministers bringing the Eucharist to the elderly, sick, or homebound, must be in good health, showing no symptoms of the virus. Be aware that many nursing homes in the Diocese not allowing visitors at this time.
- Please consult the regular updates on the coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as all preventative measures which can be found at cdc.gov. Always follow the advice of medical professionals and experts.
Campus Project Update:
2020 CAMPUS PROJECT UPDATE (June 5)
|Pledges Made to Date:||115 of 1201 families for $88,817.00 of $206,461 goal|
|Other Donations:||$ 1,000.00|
|Total Money Received to Date:||$74,760.14|
All parish communication letters will be saved on the website under the "Campus Projects" tab on the home screen. https://www.ssppcc.org/campus-projects
Our parish community and surrounding parishes joined in celebrating the gifts of Fr. Sebastian and Angela Atkinson as well as welcoming Fr. Evaristus to the parish. This celebration was an opportunity to see the bountiful blessing of this community. The gifts of time, talent and treasure were shared by all. Thank you again for everyone involved in making this day a success!