Published Sunday, March 22, 2020
March 21, 2020
Dear Friends in Christ,
Praised be Jesus Christ!
For all of us, these are some surreal times and it is my hope that this letter finds you safe and well. All of you have been in my prayers and I hope you are praying for me. Please be assured that I hold each of you in my heart as I offer Holy Mass each day.
The purpose of this letter is to provide you with further information as it pertains to our life here at St. John the Baptist during the current COVID-19 pandemic:
Daily and Sunday Masses
Fr. Nazario and I continue to celebrate Holy Mass privately every day for the intention offered and assigned for that day. If you have had a Mass offered, these Masses are still being celebrated. We have been working on having the ability to livestream Mass from the Church, and on this Sunday, March 22, we will begin to offer the 10:00am English and 12:00pm Spanish Masses for you to access live on the internet. You may watch them live or recorded from our parish Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Holy Week and Easter Sunday
Fr. Nazario and I will celebrate Holy Week, the Sacred Triduum, and Easter Sunday privately. These celebrations will also be live-streamed.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Fr. Nazario and I will still be available to hear your confessions. We will still have confessions on Saturday from 4:00pm-5:00pm. We ask that no more than 25 people gather inside the church at a time. Please give yourselves six (6) feet of separation as you wait for confession. Lastly, we will only hear confessions anonymously (behind the screen). Face to face confessions will be suspended until further notice.
Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
Fr. Nazario and I will be available to anoint those who a seriously sick. Please call the Emergency Line (503-654-5449) or email Fr. John at email@example.com.
In the event that a loved one dies and there is need of a Funeral Mass, please contact Kim Zea or Fr. John. Funeral Masses are permitted as long as the occupancy in the church remains below 25. Only immediate family members would be permitted to be present for the Funeral Mass.
The church building will be open Monday – Saturday, 8:00am to 5:00pm, and 1:30pm-5:00pm on Sunday.
The Parish Office will be closed to the public until further notice. Parish staff will be working from home but checking their voicemail and emails regularly. If you need assistance, please contact the parish office and someone will return your call or email promptly. We will be forwarding our parish office line so that you will be able to speak with a staff member.
Our parish school along with the rest of the schools in the State of Oregon are closed until April 28th. Our children are still “in the classroom,” albeit digitally. Mrs. Ploussard and our teachers are working hard to keep in contact with their students and helping them with their lessons and assignments during this closure.
Both Tim Kluge and Kim Zea are using digital technology to keep connected with those who are participating in faith formation and pastoral ministry. Please keep in contact with Tim and Kim about scheduling and rescheduling of special celebrations and opportunities to conduct meetings or classes digitally.
Appointments with Fr. John
If you would like to meet with me during this time, please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the parish office. I will make myself available to meet over the phone or Google Meet or Zoom.
Staying in Touch
Check out our parish website for important information at www.sjbcatholicchurch.org. Follow us on our parish Facebook page to stay up on current information and daily posts from Fr. John. If you would like to receive electronic updates in a timelier manner, sign up for our parish Flocknote service. Just text "SJBMil" to 84576 and follow the prompts to complete your subscription.
We are all in this together. I appreciate your patience as we make every attempt to make sure you are able to stay connected to your parish and the parish to you. Let us pray for each other. Please do not lose faith or hope. God has not abandoned you, nor has your Church, the Body of Christ. As I celebrate Holy Mass daily, not only are your intentions remembered, you are also present for whenever the Church celebrates the Eucharist, the whole Church is present. We will get through this together.