This has become a very serious situation for everyone throughout the world.
The Bishop has suspended all public celebrations of liturgy, on Sundays, holy days, and weekdays until further notice!
To address this growing health pandemic:
1. My # 1 response and recommendation: STAY HOME! This is the best way to confront this virus!
2. Parish Office hours will be 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Monday through Friday until further notice.
3. In order to offer the opportunity for anyone to pray here at St. Therese, the Blessed Sacrament will be placed in the Social Hall, along with 10 chairs and a few kneelers.
a. As the CDC recommends, only 10 people can
gather at one time. Therefore, we are asking that anyone who does come to Church to pray, if there are 10 people already there, please leave and come back at a later time!
b. The Blessed Sacrament will be available EVERY DAY from 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M., Monday through Sunday! The Social Hall will be cleaned and sanitized on a daily basis.
c. The Bishop is asking for Porters to be available during the time that the Blessed Sacrament is open. There will be a sign-up sheet for anyone who is willing and able to help.
4. To make sure that we can keep the facility clean and sanitized, we are asking everyone to only go into the Social Hall, and the front restrooms, if necessary. We are restricting access to the rest of the Church.
5. While liturgies have been suspended, we will do all that we can to operate with limited resources. Yet, without financial support, the critical functions of the parish cannot continue. We realize that this may not be possible for some. However, for those who are able, please consider using Online Giving (or snail-mail) for your contributions. As always, we are incredibly grateful for your generosity and support.
We will be sending out more information in the next few days.
The Bishop has asked that every priest to celebrate a private liturgy each day for everyone in our parish, throughout the diocese, and throughout the world, that the Lord will give us the strength to get through this time of crisis. Please be assured that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Please remember that our main priority is your health and well-being! So, please Be safe! Be well! STAY HOME!