Reopening

Dear Brothers and Sisters in our St. Joseph’s Family:

As I announced last weekend, it’s with great joy that our St. Joseph’s Church will open this weekend for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Our regular weekend schedule is Saturday at 5:00 PM and Sunday at 7:30, 9:00, 10:30 and 12:30.

As we prepare to reopen our beloved St. Joseph’s Church please remember that COVID-19 virus is still alive, active and lethal. Our primary mission is to care for your safety, good health and well-being. The Archbishop has extended the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass in person. We encourage you to be safe and stay home. This is a beautiful way for you to continue to care for yourself and others. This is especially important for the elderly, vulnerable and those with underlying health conditions. To accommodate many of you who choose to stay home we will continue to post our Sunday Mass every Saturday evening at 4:00 PM.

As we follow, Archdiocesan, state, county and current health directives and guidelines, please note that only 100 people can be present for any given Mass. Once 100 people have entered the Church, the doors will be closed. Our reopening plans were submitted to our regional Bishop and he approved them. The “old normal” Mass is going to look different. For the next several weeks, your Pastoral team staff will cover all of our volunteer liturgical ministries. The Staff is prepared and has been well trained in all of the ministries and health directives. We all know how everything has changed and our primary mission in re-opening our church is to keep you safe and care for your well-being and health.

Attached are Archdiocesan and CDC directives that are guiding our reopening procedures. Please read and become familiar with them. Tomorrow I will send you our new parish church guidelines and directives for the celebration of Holy Mass.

I miss you and for many of you who will continue to stay at home, we will continue to support you, pray for you and know that we are united in communion.

Let’s pray for one another, our local church and during these days of unrest, pray for peace and justice among all people.

In the Lord’s service, peace and love,
Msgr. Kevin