Due to the concern of the Coronavirus pandemic, we are taking the following precautions… the following activities at our parish have been temporarily postponed or cancelled; > all meetings/ministry gatherings > the parish mission > the volunteer appreciation luncheon > the K of C Fish Frys > Stations of the Cross > Bingo > Coffee & Donuts > The Craft Club Sale > April's Welcome Reception April's Medicare Seminar > The YG Golf Tournament
If more activities are postponed or cancelled, we will do our best to announce them. We will post any of these announcements on our Facebook page, website, and bulletin as needed.
Message from the Pastor: I am sure all of you have been following and are concerned about the Covid19. We received directives from the diocese which I want to relay to you in simple terms. This virus has been particularly fierce and deadly. Therefore, to help stop the spread of potential illness, we will temporarily stop distributing the Blood of Christ, and Communion will only be received in your hand. I am appealing to everyone to please refrain from shaking hands and hugs during the sign of peace. A friendly nod or wave is an acceptable substitute. Also, please remember, if you are ill, you are exempt from attending mass. It is okay to stay home and recuperate as the Catholic Church’s teachings allow for this. I pray we all remain healthy. —Fr. Allan Tupa
Almighty ever-living God, eternal health of believers, hear our prayers for your servants who are sick with coronavirus: grant them, we implore you, your merciful help, so that, with their health restored, they may give you thanks in the midst of your Church. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Dear Faithful of the Diocese of St. Petersburg
As your Bishop, in collaboration with our Pastors and the Staff of our Pastoral Center, I have closely monitored the circumstances as our nation responds to the Coronavirus outbreak. Out of pastoral concern for the health and wellbeing of all of our Catholic people, the Diocese issued guidelines with precautions that should be practiced in all of our churches to prevent the spread of disease and promote common sense practices with regard to our gatherings for the Holy Eucharist and other religious services.
In recent days, Civil Authorities have sought to increase our awareness of those at greater risk and encourage all to carefully consider the need to take steps to ensure that public health is not further threatened by large public gatherings of people. In solidarity with our civil authorities and out of pastoral concern for the health and wellbeing of all of our people, I have decided to offer the following dispensations.
By my authority as Diocesan Bishop to dispense from Universal Ecclesiastical Laws,
I dispense from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass:
All who are sick and those who are caring for them
Those who because of age or infirmity are at greater risk for contracting diseases
Those have been exposed to the coronavirus because of travel or other circumstances
This dispensation is valid for as long as any of the above-referenced conditions continue.
Further, to protect public health and calm fears, I also dispense all the Catholic faithful from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass during the month of March. This dispensation will allow any who are concerned to stay home and avoid public gatherings in cooperation with civil officials.
As your Bishop, I encourage all of the faithful to unite in spiritual communion each Sunday whether you choose to attend Mass or not. Please pray for courage and strength during this time. Particularly pray for all of those affected by the Coronavirus and its effects.
Our faith is our refuge and strength during these times. Therefore, let us courageously proclaim that faith so that our communities may weather this time safely. Assuring you of my prayers and invoking the intercession of our Blessed Mother, I remain,
Sincerely yours in Christ, Most Reverend Gregory Parkes Bishop of St. Petersburg