Considerations for This Weekend, the Return to Our Regular Mass Schedule this past week, Naming the New Parish and More!
CONSIDERATIONS FOR THIS WEEKEND (7/4 & 7/5)
As you are most likely aware, there has been a significant increase in corona virus cases in Allegheny County and, in fact, in many areas of our state and our country. This has led to a temporary shut-down of restaurants and other gathering places in our county. The shut-down does NOT apply to religious gatherings, so
we will have our regular schedule of Masses for this weekend, through the week, and as long as we can safely do so.
, it is imperative that we continue to observe the following directives:
Our churches are limited to 25% capacity (i.e. no more than 200 people at
St. Louise de Marillac and no more than 110 people at St. Joan of Arc.)
Some type of mask/covering MUST be worn over one's nose and mouth when
entering the church and at all times when inside.
Hand sanitizer is to be used upon entering the church.
Six feet of distance from others should be maintain throughout the Mass and
when approaching Communion. (This does not apply to members of your
immediate household -- e.g. spouse, siblings, parents, those you live with.)
There IS a
stay-at-home directive currently in place, and
the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is still suspended.
Therefore, out of caution and respect for others, PLEASE, if you have any signs of illness (e.g. fever of any degree, persistent cough, unusual aches, etc.), have had contact with anyone who has been sick, are particularly vulnerable (due to age or health conditions), or care for someone who is particularly vulnerable,
and join us for our live-stream Mass (
see details below
) or watch any of the televised Masses available from various sources.
The fact that everyone has been cooperating with these requirements is truly gratifying and much appreciated! Such consideration helps to limit the possibility of spreading infection and, thus, gets us closer to the time when we can put all this behind us!
We have resumed our Normal Mass Schedule for Weekdays, as of this past Monday, June 29.
(This joins our regular Sunday Mass schedule that we resumed at the beginning of June)
Monday - Friday, Mass at 7:00AM
Monday - Saturday, Mass at 9:00AM
Monday - Thursday, Mass at 8:00AM
We will continue to live-stream Mass from Saint Joan, but it will now be the 8:00AM Mass Monday-Thursday, and the 11:00AM Mass on Sunday.
The Masses will be live-streamed from St. Joan of Arc on the following days and times:
Mondays at 8:00am
Tuesdays at 8:00am
Wednesdays at 8:00am
Thursday at 8:00am
Sundays at 11:00am
Click Here to Watch the Livestream
Naming the New Parish
The naming of the new parish is an exciting part of becoming one and you are invited to be involved in this important process. Before going over the process for selecting a name for the new parish, though, please take a moment to reflect on what it means to become one parish. A parish, by definition, must have three components: (1) a designated territory or geographical location; (2) people; and (3) priests to serve the people. A
differs from a
, which is a sacred place of worship in service to the parish. Our new parish (name) will be served by the churches of St. Joan of Arc and St. Louise de Marillac, each of which will maintain their name -- i.e we will still have St. Joan of Arc CHURCH and St. Louise de Marillac CHURCH, but they will both be part of "
General Overview of the Process
We are now accepting proposals for the new parish name. Please follow the criteria below.
Submissions will be accepted from June 21 – July 7.
You may submit more than one name, but each proposed name should be on a separate form.
Pastoral Council will review the submissions and narrow down the recommendations to 10 names. Their determination will be based on the number of times that names are recommended, as well as the other criteria important to consider in the process.
These 10 names will be submitted to Bishop Zubik for pre-approval.
Parish Services will follow up with the Administrator regarding Bishop Zubik’s preview and the names that he has pre-approved.
Parishioners then give feedback as to the top 3 recommendations among those that have been pre-approved by Bishop Zubik.
The top 3 recommendations from parishioners will then be included with the formal petition (submitted to the bishop by the administrator) for completing the merger process.
Parishioners will be informed of the 3 names submitted to Bishop Zubik.
Criteria for Proposed Names
Any proposed names should be taken from:
The Most Holy Trinity
Our Lord Jesus Christ, invoked under a mystery of His life or under His name as used in the liturgy or Scripture
The Holy Spirit
The Blessed Virgin Mary under a given title already found in the liturgy
The holy angels
A saint from the list found in the Church’s calendar of memorials and feasts
All names of those who are beatified or named “blessed”
It is preferable not to choose a name that is already used many times in the diocese.
Hyphenated names of current parishes are not permitted.
Each proposed name must be submitted with rationale and the person’s name making the proposal.
The following names have recently been chosen for other parish groupings in our Diocese, so they would not be available options for OUR grouping:
Saint Aidan; Saint Andrew the Apostle; Archangel Gabriel;
Blessed Trinity; Christ the Divine Shepherd; Christ Our Savior; Corpus Christi; Divine Mercy; Divine Redeemer; Guardian Angels; Holy Family; Holy Spirit; Saint Isidore the Farmer; Saint James; Saint John XXIII; Saint Joseph the Worker; Saint Katharine Drexel; Saint Mary Magdalene; Mary, Mother of God; Saint Matthias; Saint Michael the Archangel; Most Precious Blood of Jesus; Saint Oscar Romero; Our Lady of the Lakes; Our Lady of Mount Carmel; Saint Paul Cathedral; Saint Paul of the Cross; Saint Philip; Saint Teresa of Kolkata; Saint Thomas the Apostle; Triumph of the Holy Cross.
Click Here to Submit Your New Parish Name Suggestion
We will resume our Tuesday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Louise de Marillac church beginning on Tuesday, June 30th. Exposition will begin immediately following the 9:00 am Mass and end with Prayers for Healing and Benediction at 7:30 pm.
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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Fr. Dan Maurer
on Friday, July 3 at 3:07PM