Suspension of Worship inside Church – effective 7-14-2020

 

7-14-2020 Message from Fr. Mike Ume
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
I hope all is well with you. I would like to share with you, the recent announcement from the governor, the County and from our Archbishop. Here it is.
July 13, 2020
“Today, Governor Gavin Newsom announced updated Directivesfor 30 counties in California due to an increase in coronavirus related deaths and hospitalizations. All three counties in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles—Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara—are included in the Directives.
According to the Governor and the Los AngelesSanta Barbara, and VenturaCounty 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.
THIS WEEKEND.
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.
PARISH OFFICE
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.
Sincerely,
Fr. Mike Ume
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
626-792-1343

 

Pastor’s Message

Message from Fr. Mike

CATECHETICAL SUNDAY

 

Jesus said; “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) In spite of all the crises around us, the proclamation of the Word of God will continue. We will continue to proclaim to this generation and future generations the message of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Every year, we celebrate Catechetical Sunday on the third Sunday of September. This year will not be an exception. We will celebrate it.

 

The third Sunday of September is this Sunday. Therefore, this Sunday is Catechetical Sunday. The theme for this year’s celebration is “I Received from the Lord what I also handed on to you.” According to the Chairman of Bishop’s Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, Bishop Robert Barron, “This theme focuses on the essential work of catechesis, which is an invitation to a whole new life given by Christ Himself. It emphasizes that living faith necessitates movement, inspiring all those who hear the Word to share it as witnesses of the true and living God.”

 

Unlike previous years, this year’s celebration will be online in our parish. It will be at 10:00 a.m. online Mass on Sunday, September 20th.

 

This year is unlike other years. This year we will pray and bless Catechists who will be teaching remotely. There will be no in person classes.  Remote learning is not easy. Distance learning comes with its own peculiar problems. Hence, we need the help of everyone, parents, grandparents, and godparents.

 

However, Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. I was taught how to recite or pray the Rosary by my grandmother. She was my first Catechist. Who was your first Catechist?

 

 

Faith Direct ~ A New Way to Donate

Let’s go paperless!

 

Faith Direct enables parishioners to make church contributions through either a direct debit from your checking/savings account, or through your credit/debit card. It is very simple to do. Through the Assumption website and Constant Contact you can access the Faith Direct secure website. Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for this month is “Respect for the Planet’s Resources.” Let’s follow his direction and go paperless!

 

Many of you are aware and take advantage of the convenience of electronic giving to our parish, and we are most grateful for your choosing this option. However, it is NOT paperless. Your bank mails us a check instead of you. So please reconsider and switch to Faith Direct. Let’s implement a positive action during this pandemic and save some trees in accordance with the Pope’s prayer.

 

Also, if you no longer need your monthly envelopes mailed to you, please notify the rectory office so we can reduce unnecessary related costs.

Thank you!