According to the Governor and the Los Angeles
, Santa Barbara
, and Ventura
County Public Health Offices, our parishes must discontinue indoor Masses and other liturgical services, effective immediately.
Outdoor Masses and other liturgical services such as adoration and prayer services are allowed and encouraged. Parishes may continue to celebrate Confessions, First Communions, Confirmations, Funerals, and Weddings outdoors on the parish grounds. Parishioners must wear face coverings and practice social distancing, even outdoors.
Additionally, the Governor’s Directives include closures of parish offices. Parish offices are to be closed to the public. Pastors may allow a minimal number of essential parish staff members to continue working in the office provided that social distancing is observed. For example, while the office is closed to the public, parishes are encouraged to communicate regularly with parishioners, return calls to answer questions, and reassure individuals and families that our parishes are still there for them in prayer and to help with any needs they may have.
This is also a good time to remind all of our parishioners that the risk of coronavirus is real, and it is dangerous. While these Orders are discouraging and disappointing, this is the time to pray for one another, trust in Jesus, and focus on the care and love he has for each one of us.
May Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Queen of the Angels, continue to bless our parishes and loved ones with good health, joy, and peace.
Thank you for your attention to this matter and for the good work you do in your parishes.”
That is it. As you must have noticed, this message came last night. It did not give us enough time to plan for this weekend. Here is what this announcement means for us this weekend.
All indoor masses are closed. However, our weekday online masses will continue. Weekday Visitation and Cinfession are also suspended.
We planned to have Confirmation this weekend. It will take place as planned. Mrs. Cheli Valdez will send out email to all candidates, sponsors and parents telling them when, how and where it will take place.
There would be no 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 am and 5 pm Masses in the church.
However, our 10:00 am online mass will continue. It would be followed by Holy Communion from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m in the school parking lot.
If you are coming for Holy Communion after the online mass this weekend, please try to be here between 11:00 and 11:30 a.m. Drive to the School parking lot where I will be waiting for you. Stay in your Car. Have your mask on. Roll down the window of your car. I will bring the Holy Communion to you.
Mrs. Mary Parra and I are here to answer your questions and to attend as much as we can to your need. The husband of one of our active parishioners went to the Lord and Mary was very helpful in coordinating the funeral. So we are here for you.
I pray for God’s blessing on you and the ones you love.