Trust the Lord with all your heart . . .
In all your ways be mindful of him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 3: 5-6
The journey of life is not always a straight path; neither is the journey of faith. The journey, at times, unfolds in ways we don’t expect. We have certainly learned this over the past months. What we can always expect is the presence of the Lord who ask us to trust and be mindful of him.
It had been hoped this weekend we could return to public Mass, with a limited congregation of 30% capacity. However, while our state has made great progress, it is imperative that we return in a way that is safe and does not reverse the positive path we are on. For this reason, Governor Murphy has directed the initial return to indoor public worship be limited to 50 people. Our return will be a little more gradual than we thought.
Our plan for this week is as follows:
Because of the capacity limit, I have decided we will begin our return with daily Mass this week. The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended by our Bishop.
This week, daily Mass will be celebrated on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9AM and Tuesday at 7PM. The procedures outlined in our video, What to Expect When You Come to Mass at St. Charles will apply to daily Mass. Please take time to watch it if you haven’t yet done so.
Attached to this note is a link enabling you to sign up for daily Mass. Signing up will help us prepare each day. It will also help you familiarize yourself with a the process of signing up which will be part of Mass attendance in the weeks ahead.
I will make a decision on how we will approach the weekend Masses in the coming week. For now, I am committed to offering our parish the opportunity to receive the Eucharist at Mass in way that is safe, reverent and compliant with the Executive Order .
The YouTube video Mass will still be on our website beginning Saturday at 4PM.
It is a blessing to be pastor of a faith community that understands the journey is often a challenge. What I have experienced over the past months, and in all the years I have served as pastor, is a parish that stands together. Let us continue to trust the Lord with all our hearts, and always be mindful of him in all our ways.