It has been over a week since our lives and Faith have been upended due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. I am certain that it has not been easy for all of us who must adjust to the ongoing fluid situation. I am grateful for the outpouring of generosity that many of you have offered for those of our Parish families who may be in need, especially the advanced in age and/or those who have prior medical needs, to volunteer to pick up groceries, prescriptions and the like. For all of you who may be suffering from the current illness, may God grant you consolation and peace. If you happen to know anyone who is elderly and sick and who may have need of any additional assistance, please call our Parish office at 858 756 1911.
To update all of you, I received a letter from the Bishop’s office informing the faithful of upcoming sacramental changes. Beginning March 20, 2020 the following adjustments will take effect:
- Our churches will remain open during the day from 8:00 am -3:00 pm for private visitation and prayer. Opportunities for individual confessions may be scheduled during office hours or on the weekend, Saturday and Sunday from 8:15 am-10:00 am. Please make appointments to avoid lines in the church.
The Sacramental Life of the Church in a Moment of Isolation
- As is being continued, there will be no public masses until further notice.
- Baptisms which cannot be postponed must be private and include only members of the immediate family.
- Rites for the dead are limited to interment services at the cemetery with less than ten people; funeral masses must be postponed until COVID-19 has been contained.
- Communal anointing and Lenten Penance services are cancelled.
- Weddings are to be postponed or take place with less than ten people.
- All fonts in the church are emptied, but if you would like Holy Water, please call the parish office to make an appointment and bring water to be blessed for home use.
- Holy Week and Easter will be streamed online.
- The Easter sacraments usually given to those participating in the RCIA will be postponed until Pentecost.
- The Chrism Mass will be celebrated by the Bishops and the oils delivered to the Deans' Parish offices, which will be picked up by staff.
- Confirmation and First Communions will be rescheduled when the reality of this current crisis becomes clearer.
- In addition to our daily streamed masses, the Diocese also continues to stream Sunday and Daily Mass celebrated in our Pastoral Center chapel which will be available any time of the day. These can be accessed at www.sdcatholic.org.
- At streaming Masses, up to eight persons may be present with the priest in the Parish Church in order to provide the necessary liturgical and musical ministries.
- In addition to our streamed masses for Holy Week, the Diocese will provide streaming and recording of Holy Thursday Mass, the Good Friday liturgy, the Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday Mass.
- The Ministry to the Sick will continue, but in a limited way:
Extraordinary Eucharistic ministers are encouraged to increase their contact with their usual parishioners through phone calls and prayers.
Priests may anoint the sick using established protocols to protect both priest and patient in the home, but hospital anointing is still not possible. There is already a chaplain assigned to each hospital, and families of loved ones or they themselves can ask for a priest during their hospitalization.
- Schools: Our Nativity School will continue to move forward successfully with their distance learning curriculum.
As far as the update is concerned, we have a lot of these in place already. We will continue as we are currently doing:
The Church will be open Monday to Friday 8:00 am- 3:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am- 10:00 am and Sunday 8:00 am-Noon.
Eucharistic Exposition will continue to be offered from 8:00 am to 10:00 am Monday -Sunday. Please use social distancing when visiting the Church. If you are sick, please remain at home and let us know how we can help with your needs.
Daily Mass streaming from Nativity will begin around 8:00 am (sometimes there may be delays, so please be patient)
Parish Office hours are Monday- Friday 8:30 - Noon and 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Please continue to keep the victims of this pandemic and their caregivers in your prayers. Please use the resources online to stay in contact with your family and friends. This is a time to unite our families and friends no matter how far away they are. May we always seek Jesus first in all our needs to bring us peace.
Fr. Minh Do
A Spiritual Communion Prayer
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.