News and Updates for St. Catherine Labouré Parish
In each of the first three weekends of May, we will be having special Masses (aside from our regularly scheduled Masses) in which the 2nd grade boys and girls of our parish will receive their First Holy Communion!! To allow these children and their families to celebrate this special sacramental moment, and because of limits on the number of people we can have present in our churches, there will be six Masses in all, to accommodate the 135 children of this year’s First Communion Class. Please keep these children and their families in your prayers.
Seeing those little ones prepare for that moment reminds me of one aspect of what Jesus means in the gospel when he says that we must become like little children (cf Mt. 18:3). Those young people have such a sense of awe and wonder, such excitement, and such enthusiasm! There truly is both a sense of hunger for the Eucharist and also a sense of reverence. They should be reminders to all of us of the gift we have in that Sacrament and of the spirit that we all should have as we approach the altar to receive our Lord. Whether we are receiving the Body of Christ for the first time or we have received it hundreds of times, hopefully we still feel a sense of excitement, wonder, and awe at what that Sacrament truly is and what it means in our lives. If more people truly embraced their union with Christ, strengthened that connection on a regular basis, and put themselves wholeheartedly into the Communion of the Church, there would be less room for violence and hatred in our world and in place of those things, the presence of Christ could be more greatly felt!
Schedule Change for Saturday, May 8
Due to both a morning and afternoon Mass for First Holy Communion at our Saint Louise de Marillac Church, on Saturday, May 8, the 9:00am Mass, Mother of Perpetual Help Novena, and 11:30am Confessions will not be held.
Confessions WILL be held at our Saint Joan Church on Saturday, May 8 from Noon-12:30pm.
Tuesday Eucharistic Adoration
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament continues every Tuesday in our St. Louise de Marillac Church. Exposition will begin immediately following the 9:00am Mass and end with Prayers for Healing and Benediction at 7:30pm.
We would love for you to commit to adoring our Lord inside St Louise de Marillac between 10am-8pm. Please click on the button below to view the online sign up sheet. Please note that this will be a weekly sign up.
A reminder that the rosary is usually prayed at 6:30 pm and confessions are from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm as well.
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Mass Attendance Guidance
As we continue to move forward, and hopefully move out of covid, there have been increasing numbers of people returning to our weekend Masses. That is certainly a wonderful situation! However, larger numbers of people at our Masses do present some challenges. It is still necessary to observe safe distancing from other people not of one’s same household. Maintaining that distance is why we still have every other pew closed off in both our churches.
In order to maximize the number of people we can safely accommodate we have to be conscientious about how we use the pews that ARE available for seating. The closed pews distance people front to back. But in the open pews, I ask that each person (or household group) sit ONLY 6 feet from the person to your right or to your left. Sometimes there are people at each end of a pew but a lot of empty space in the middle that could easily accommodate more people. It can be uncomfortable to approach someone in these times and ask them to move in or step out of the pew so others can get past them. While some people have special physical needs that may necessitate sitting on an aisle, for those who are able, please fill the pews from the center outward.
If you’re the first in a pew, from either end, it is more inviting and friendly to others, not to mention it avoids awkward situations, if you moved to the center, or to 6 feet from anyone already in the pew. While we all look forward to putting “social distancing” behind us, in the meantime, let’s try to be as close as IS allowable and safe as we gather to celebrate our Oneness in the Body of Christ!
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Fr. Dan Maurer
on Sunday, May 2 at 5:05PM