Kick-Off to Another Great Year!

Two weeks ago, the Browns kicked off their season with a great game.  Unfortunately, they lost, but were able to redeem themselves last weekend.  In our parish over that time, a number of things kicked off.  On September 13, PSR kicked off.  It was great to pray with our children and see them in person.  Last Monday, Youth Group kicked off and had a great time with their scavenger hunt!

Our choir started back at the 11:00am Mass.  In our church, what I noticed was when the choir was singing, their voices carried over the church and it felt like a warm hug wrapping around our community.  We also kicked off the Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 11:00am Mass as well.  It was a joy to see all of our children approach God’s word and allow His word to lead them in all they do. (Make sure to check out the Baby Choir article in this week’s bulletin, so we can continue to warmly welcome families with littles one ?).  Choir and children’s liturgy truly made me feel like we are back in action as a faith community.

While all of this was a joy to experience over the last couple of Sundays, I still acknowledge a number of our people are afraid to come worship the Lord.  I think it is important to know that here at St. Francis de Sales we are offering hand sanitizer at every entrance, we are disinfecting the pews after Mass, we are encouraging masks, Eucharistic Ministers are wearing masks during the distribution of Holy Communion.  We are doing what we can do to ensure a safe worship environment.

That being said, it has been on my heart for a while now, that we still need to offer other options that will provide the safest ways of receiving our Lord.  I consider feeding you our Lord in the Eucharist the highest priority in my line of work.  As a result, effective October 2, we will be offering 1) Mass with No Singing on Saturdays @ 6:30pm.  2) Parking Lot Communion Service on Sundays @ 1:00pm.  Hopefully this will help those who have health concerns, especially those who have been worshipping online and desire to receive the Eucharist.  Just note that this will be offered every week until further notice.  Please spread the word so that God’s people can be fed with His love!

May God’s peace and joy be with you,

Fr. Jeremy

Ps. Coffee and donuts will be offered after every Sunday Mass on October 3rd!  Enjoy!  Plus, don’t forget to bring your pets for blessing at 2:00 next Sunday.  I know my dog needs one for sure!

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