Greetings to all as we enter into the month of November.  A reminder that daylight savings time ends this Sunday at 2:00 AM.  Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour on Saturday night and enjoy the extra hour of sleep! Sunday is the GREAT SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS!

GREAT NEWS!  This past week our waiver to reopen a portion of our parish school was accepted and this Tuesday we’ll welcome students in Alpha K through 2nd grade for in-person learning. Currently, we are only 1 of 3 Catholic Schools in LA County that have been approved and are open. Our sincere thanks to our Principal, Ms. Alvarez and her team for all of the hard work in meeting all of the waiver requirements and making sure that all of the current safety protocols for our students are in place.  Please keep the students and staff in your prayers!

As you know, all of our parish churches remain closed.  All church offices remain closed to visitors and meetings. However, the Pastoral Staff is working full time in the Parish Life Center (PLC).  If you have any needs, please come to the door of the PLC and our new Office Manager, Brenda Pineda, the staff or I will assist you. St. Joseph’s is OPEN and we’re here to take care of your needs. We are there Monday thru Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Be assured that the California Bishops, Archbishop Gomez and church leaders are lobbying the state and local governments and health officials to reopen our churches!

We’re celebrating Daily Mass outside Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:00 AM, outside the east side door of the church facing the parking lot.  Chairs will be available or you can bring your own chair.  Because of Covid restrictions, a rack of chairs will be by the door – please take a chair, and maintain the recommended social distancing  of 6 feet. After the Mass, we’ll have sanitation wipes for you to replace the chair on the rack.  This Monday, November 2 is the Feast of All Souls and we’ll celebrate the Eucharist in honor of all of your loved ones who have died, with a special remembrance of parishioners who have gone home to the Lord this past year.

A reminder that every Saturday, I’ve been hearing Confessions outside the same Church door from 4:00-4:45.

This weekend, Olga Cuda commences retirement and we’ll honor her in a special way at Mass.  Our parish community is grateful for her 21 years of service.  A special tribute to Olga is included in this week’s electronic bulletin that will be e-mailed to you through Constant Contact.

Please join your fellow parishioners as we celebrate HOLY MASS ON THE GRASS this Sunday, November 1 at 8:30 AM. If you’re coming to the Mass for the first time, the following safety protocols are in place:

Just a reminder that masks must be worn. No Mask = No Mass.  Social distancing is also implemented. Our primary mission is to protect you, and for you to protect those around you as we continue to journey through this pandemic.  Thanks for your great co-operation.  Here are the other details:

  • Parking is available in the main parking lot only and not in the inner courtyard.
  • When you exit your car, please put on your mask or face covering and wear it properly covering your mouth and nose throughout the Mass.
  • Enter through the walk-in gate between the hall and the church. The gate will open at 7:45 AM.
  • Please bring your own beach chair, lawn chair or folding chair. If you don’t bring a chair, you’ll have to stand.
  • Please do not bring a couch or sofa!
  • The usual safety protocols will be in place:
    • You will be asked how you’re feeling that day
    • Make use of the hand sanitation station
    • Social distancing will be respected. Families may sit together and individuals and groups will sit 6-8 feet apart.
    • You must wear your mask throughout the entire Mass, except for when you approach the Minister to receive Holy Communion.

Current COVID restrictions do not allow us to pass baskets for your stewardship gift.  We’ll have a basket placed at the exits at the end of Mass for you to offer your envelope or donation.  As always, thanks for your generous support!

If you’re staying at home, we’ll be praying for you. We are recording this weekend’s Mass, and it will be available through our social media sites on Saturday at 4:00 PM.

Let us continue to pray for one another.  Let’s pray that all citizens will exercise their right to vote in this Tuesday’s Election. Let us pray that our churches and schools will reopen soon!  God Bless You and your families!

Peace, Msgr. Kevin