FROM THE PASTOR
Dear Parishioners of St Anthony,
Slowly getting settled in here at the parish, and I wanted to say “THANK YOU” to all of you for the warm and gracious welcome I have received since my arrival. I feel very much at home here. Transitions are never easy, but you have made his one go very smoothly. So I thank you for that.
Of course, whenever a new pastor arrives, people have questions about things they would like to see changed (or restarted). It’s only natural. One of the biggest questions that has been raised is the reopening and resuming of Eucharistic adoration in the chapel. I strongly encourage Eucharistic adoration. It’s a wonderful part of our Catholic tradition and it reinforces belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. It’s also great for the parish and for the individual as well.
Covid-19 has created problems for a lot of our “normal” spiritual routines. Just look at how different Sunday Mass is to point out one example. The current pandemic creates problems in reopening the chapel as well. It’s a very small space with no outside ventilation. Maintaining proper social distancing would be quite the challenge even with only 2 people inside the chapel. Guaranteeing that only 2 people would be there at a time would be difficult. And people would need to sanitize the chairs after using them. Currently, the diocese isn’t allowing adoration chapels to reopen. So with all these factors, sadly, the adoration chapel must remain closed for the foreseeable future. If the situation changes, I will gladly reconsider opening it.
One option that I am looking into, is the possibility of having the church opened for part of the day so people could come and have private prayer with Jesus present in the tabernacle. Once again, a lot of elements need to be considered before making a decision on that. But it is something I am looking into. I will keep you posted when I make a final determination.
I hope you all have a great week! Hard to believe August is here. Summer is just flying by. Please keep me in your prayers as I am praying for you.
Fr. Dennis Paul
Mass Schedule & What’s New
Weekday Mass-Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M. (No Reservation Needed)
Reconciliation-Saturday 2:00 P.M. (No Reservations Needed)
Weekend Masses *RESERVATION ONLY*
Saturday Mass 4:00 P.M. Sunday Mass 8:00 A.M. & 10:00 A.M.
Monday Through Thursday
9:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.
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Weekday Morning Mass
Beginning Monday, July 6th
No Reservations Needed