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Cash Bash: All 500 tickets to support our St. Michael’s School have been sold! THANK YOU! The Early Bird drawing is 4/9. We are all winners when we share the Good News! Alleluia!
PRO-LIFE: Pray daily “A Litany for Life.” Support local pregnancy care centers and the national CareNet. Learn more about Catholic Social Teaching. Write to our elected officials and advocate for life. Every 4th Saturday, from 9 -10:30AM outside of the Regional Headquarters of Planned Parenthood of Central and Western NY (114 University Ave., Downtown Rochester) a peaceful, prayerful event, Stand Out for Life, affirms the dignity of all human persons, with a special emphasis on children in the womb, pregnant moms in need – being exploited for profit, abortion workers, etc. Masks and social distancing required.
Year of St. Joseph: Celebrate the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph as the declared patron of the universal Church. Find resources at the Year of St. Joseph website. Read Patris Corde, With a Father’s Heart. Pray the St. Joseph Rosary. Why consecrate oneself to St. Joseph? Have children? This prayer has been approved by Bishop Matano. Enjoy this video on 3/19, St. Joseph’s Feast Day. Here is what Matthew Kelly of Dynamic Catholic offers about St. Joseph. Our diocese has also created a page devoted entirely to help us celebrate St. Joseph.
Year of the Family (March 19, 2021, to June 26, 2022) View this video to get started. Read Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love). (Available online or from your favorite book seller.) Resources at Loyola Press and through the Vatican. If registering by 3/31, any married couple can register for the free, 5 week “Marriage In Christ” Seminar. It offers streaming videos, downloadable activity packets and easy instructions, focusing on two things: putting Christ at the center of married life, and deliberately working to maintain and to grow the personal friendship and love between husband and wife. Must be completed by 5/31/21.
Legalized Recreational Use Marijuana: Will we be ready for more social problems that come with addictive substances? Please read this statement by Dennis Poust, interim executive director of the New York State Catholic Conference: https://www.nyscatholic.org/statement-on-recreational-marijuana-legalization-2/ Locally, The Yates Substance Abuse Coalition (YSAC) has created a short, factual, easy–to-read presentation for town boards to consider when setting zoning for stores/dispensaries. Would you be willing to be a presenter, a protector of our community? If yes, please go to YSAC’s website and click on contact. Thank you.
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- The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in place throughout our Diocese during this pandemic.
- Those who fall into an “at risk” category, as well as families with younger children who may find it difficult to maintain a six-foot distance from others, are encouraged to remain at home and join in the Mass using any social media that works for them.
- If you are not feeling well, have a cough or ANY other symptoms, please remain at home.
For in-person worship, scroll down, read and follow the safe attendance plan.
Thanking you in advance for your cooperation.
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE FOR MASS
- Plan to arrive 30 minutes before Mass begins
- Please wash your hands before leaving home.
- Bring a face mask/covering. They are required to be worn on the parish grounds and during Mass.
- The restrooms will not be available due to inadequate space for social distancing and the inability to sanitize after each use.
- Masks should be worn as you exit your vehicle, approach the Church entry and throughout Mass until you return to your vehicle.
- Lines on the sidewalk at 6 foot distances will indicate where you can wait to enter the Church.
- St. Michael’s entry will be at the Liberty Street door; St. Januarius’ entry will be at Toby Street door. St. Patrick’s will be the Main St. door.
- Hand sanitizer will be available upon entering the Church. An usher will pump the sanitizer directly into your hands.
- Please follow the guidance of the Ushers who will seat arrivals and ensure social distancing is maintained. Please do not congregate in the aisles.
- The holy water fonts will remain empty.
- Each household will be seated to fill the open pews from front to back.
- To maintain 6′ of social distancing, some pews will be closed.
- The center sections will be seated first followed by the outer sections.
- Masses will be celebrated with minimal singing; no choirs.
- Missalettes have been removed. Bring with you “Mass Prayers and Responses” or download an app (like Catholic Mega App) for your smartphone, if you need this help.
- The priest, deacon or Minister of the Word will proclaim the readings.
- Baskets will not be passed during the offertory. Containers are available as you enter/exit the church. Please consider online giving. Contact the office for further details. Thank you for your support.
- Holy Communion will not take place at the normal time, but after the final blessing.
- Holy Communion will be distributed by clergy and one Extraordinary Minister. Only the Precious Body (host) will be offered. Hand sanitizer will be used by clergy and ministers in the event of any physical contact while distributing Communion.
- There will be 2 stations for Holy Communion, one at the front and one at the rear of the Church.
- Communicants choosing to receive Holy Communion in their hand will be directed by an usher when to exit the pew and proceed to a station.
- Masks should be worn in the communion line. When you are about to receive, remove your mask, consume the Eucharist, and then re-mask.
- Those parishioners not wanting to receive can line up with those who will receive and simply bypass the Communion station as they depart.
- Those who choose to receive on their tongue will be able to do so, but must wait until the end. Hand sanitizer will be used after each person receives on the tongue.
- Please depart immediately after receiving Communion by the nearest exit as directed by the ushers. Do not return to your pew.
- Please depart in prayerful silence.
- Do not congregate outside, but head directly to your vehicle, maintaining a safe social distance.
We realize that many are still staying home to avoid Covid-19 exposure. We hope you are able to take in Mass on our FB page or at other online locations.
Please continue to pray for all suffering from Covid-19 and the effects of the pandemic. Consider downloading the app for your smart phone that will allow for ease of contract tracing if you are exposed to someone who has also been exposed.
Weekend Mass times:
Saturday at St. Michael’s at 5pm
Sunday: St. Patrick @ 8AM; St. Michael @ 9:30AM and St. Januarius @ 10AM
Daily Mass: Live streamed at 8 am when Father George is presiding. (Not Wednesdays nor Saturdays.)
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