Due to the spike in covid-19 cases, per the diocese, masks are now required at Holy Mass and all liturgical functions. One will be provided for you if you do not have one.
One view that might help with this is to see this as an act of charity toward your neighbor who may be high risk for the virus.
St. Augustine — “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”
Glory to God in the Highest! We can finally return to public Mass! Wahoo!! This has been hard on us all to be sure.
The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for all the faithful of the Diocese of Covington is extended until further notice. You are welcome to come, but not required, especially if you are high risk. Additionally, those who are sick should refrain from coming to church for fourteen (14) days from when they first began to experience symptoms.
Starting on May 20th, we will go back to our regular Mass schedule. (Sat. 4:30 pm; Sun. 7:30 am, 9:30 am (Latin), 11:30 am; Daily Mass at 8:00 am except Wed. and Sat. Wed. Mass at 7:00 pm. 1st Friday Latin Mass at 6:00 pm, and 1st Saturday Latin Mass at 9:30 am. Regular scheduled confession times will also resume.
Holy Mass will still be live-streamed on our website for those unable to come.
Here are the protocols that we have to follow for Holy Mass starting on May 20th:
• Masks are suggested to be worn by the faithful, but not required. The ushers and servers are instructed to wear masks. I will wear one for the distribution of Holy Communion.
• We must observe social distancing. You will find every other pew roped off in church. Also, there are dots on the pews to show where people should sit (6 feet apart). These dots do not apply for families. A family can sit together, no problem. If we encounter that there is not enough seating for all the people who come, we will open the church hall and the Mass will be live-streamed in the hall.
• There are dots on the main isle coming up for Holy Communion. Please try and observe the spacing in the isle. For Holy Communion, the people in the back of the church should come up first. This will allow the distancing in the isle to be observed better. Only one side will come up at a time, and then I will distribute to the other side when finished.
• I will be the only one distributing Holy Communion at this time.
• For Holy Communion, the protocols say to receive standing and in the hands. It is up to the pastor to decide if he will allow Holy Communion on the tongue. I will allow Holy Communion on the tongue. I am instructed to purify my hands after ever communicant when doing so. There is not a good way to purify the kneeler after every person, so it will be taken away.
• There will not be any Magnificats or missals in the pews. At this time, the red Latin Mass Missals will not be available. Also, the parish provided mantillas will not be available. Feel free to bring one from home, and also a missal to use during Mass.
• Please pick up a bulletin before going into church. It will have the hymns used for Mass. We will use it as our disposable worship aid. Please take it with you when you leave.
• For the Latin Mass, we will have low Mass until further notice. We are not allowed to have choirs meet. Also, no choir at the 11:30 am Mass.
• For simplicity sake, I am just going to use our seminarian Zach for the server, and Joe D. as the server for the Latin Mass until further notice. They must were a mask and gloves during these protocols.
• Before and after Mass, please do not congregate in the narthex (entrance to the church). Social distancing rules should be observed.
• Ushers are instructed wear masks and open the doors for people at the beginning and the end of Mass.
• The bathrooms in the church hall will be closed. The bathrooms in the entrance to the church will be open. Only 1 person is allowed in at a time with the exception of a parent and child.
• We will have hand sanitizer around for you to use after coming out of the bathroom after you wash your hands since you have to use the door handle. Also, it will be available after confession since you use the door handles.
• If standing in line for Confession, please observe social distancing. There are little white dots on the ground. Also, confession should be done behind the screen. I will place a chair without handles to replace the kneeler for now since there is no good way to sanitize the kneeler after every penitent.
• We are instructed to not have coffee and donuts or other gatherings after Mass until further notice.
We are requesting All Saints parishioners to sign up to help wipe down the church after Masses. Please see the link below to volunteer:
The Adoration chapel will remain closed. I would like to revamp how we do Adoration here at All Saints. We can’t have so many open slots in the bulletin. Also, there should be at least two people signed up for every hour in case someone can’t make it. We will work on it in time.
Rosary can resume Thursday night, except for May 21st because I have a funeral.
Please know that your Mass intentions are still being offered at my private Masses. Also as a reminder, we have Exposition and Adoration available every evening from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm thru Tuesday 5/19. The church is open all day from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm for private prayer.
Until the 20th, we will have live-streamed Mass at 9:00 am available from our website at www.allsaintswalton.com. Also, the church will be open all day from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, and we will have an hour of Adoration every evening from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
The direct link for this Sunday’s Mass at 9:00 am (5/15) is here: https://youtu.be/g5bSeKDG4P4
The direct link for this Sunday’s Latin Mass at 10:30 am (5/17) is here: https://youtu.be/1MUeHM9hazE.
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I know this time is difficult. These protocols are meant to attempt to keep everyone safe and healthy. We will get through this together. I think I covered everything. If you noticed something I missed, or have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to contact me. My door is always open.
Pray people return to the Good Lord. Perhaps this has been a chastisement for all the offenses done to our Precious Lord in the Holy Eucharist, not to mention all the immoral sinful practices now becoming standard even in government passed laws. Something to think about to be sure.
I look forward to seeing you all very soon! 🙂
God bless you,
As various dioceses have announced their plan to return to public Mass, I know we are all anticipating the great day when public Mass will resume in our diocese. It will be a glorious day to have everyone back singing God’s praises together in His House!
As soon as the plan is announced, I will publish it here on our website. In the meantime, the church remains open from 9am – 8pm for private prayer. Also, at 7pm every evening we have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for an hour of Adoration for you to come to. I would like to encourage you to come and be with our Blessed Lord, consoling Him with your presence for all the offenses done to Him, pray for an end to the pandemic, and to beg Him for people to return to Him. During the Holy Hour, we pray the Holy Rosary as well as the Divine Mercy Chaplet. We also have a time of silent prayer before Him where you can speak to Him in the silence of your hearts.
I believe it was St. Alphonsus who said that the greatest consolation in Heaven will be knowing the hours you spent before our Blessed Lord in Adoration while on Earth. We can receive that consolation now while we wait in great anticipation for public Mass to resume.
I would like to highlight this paragraph from the Vatican’s Decree of the special Indulgences given in response to the pandemic on March 3, 2020:
The Church prays for those who find themselves unable to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick and of the Viaticum, entrusting each and every one to divine Mercy by virtue of the communion of saints and granting the faithful a Plenary Indulgence on the point of death, provided that they are duly disposed and have recited a few prayers during their lifetime (in this case the Church makes up for the three usual conditions required). For the attainment of this indulgence the use of the crucifix or the cross is recommended (cf. Enchiridion indulgentiarum, no.12).
May the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and of the Church, Health of the Sick and Help of Christians, our Advocate, help suffering humanity, saving us from the evil of this pandemic and obtaining for us every good necessary for our salvation and sanctification.
Clearly, the Church is looking after her flock in this time of pandemic when places do not allow even a priest to visit the dying in the hospital. Thank the Good Lord for the Catholic Church to guide and look after us like a good mother would!
On the first day of the public Mass suspension this past week, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, something very powerful happened. As I was offering my private Mass, during Mass the sun came out and shined on the altar. This really hit me. First, it had been raining or cloudy for many days up to that point. During Mass, the sun came out. (The Son came out).
We are in the midst of a powerful rain storm in this crisis. However, when we set our eyes on our Lord Jesus, the storm fades away. During our Lord’s crucifixion, there was a storm. There was an eclipse of the sun. Darkness came over the whole land. The movie the Passion of the Christ shows that it was stormy and rainy. The wind was blowing. There was a great earthquake. All of creation seemed to notice what was going on. Those who didn’t flee, namely, the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. John the Apostle, and St. Mary Magdelene did not flee.
Perhaps in this pandemic, this storm, the Lord is trying to tell us something. Like creation at the Crucifixtion, will we take notice? We will focus on Him during this storm like the 3 at the foot of the Cross?
This is our chance to prove our faith in Him. Without a test, how can the Lord see we really believe and follow Him? (He can see our hearts, of course). What will be the outcome? Will we remain faithful? Like so many times in the past when calamnities happened in Sacred Scripture, the Lord was sending a message to His people saying, “Return to Me. Repent”. Famine, wars, locusts, diseases, etc, were all ways that the Lord tried to get the attention of His people to repent of sin and to return to Him. So, the question is, in this time, will we head our Lord and repent, return to Him, and go and strive to live good, holy, virtuous lives?
The Lord does this because He loves us. He wants us to be with Him. He is all Good. Therefore, anything that happens, except sin, is for our good!
What good can come out of this? There have been glimpses of it already. People are starting to get serious about the Faith. People are thinking about others and their well being. Families are becoming stronger because they are spending more time with one another. People are starting to realize what they have perhaps taken for granted.
So see? Even in this, the sun can shine, and is shining. On this Laetare Sunday, let us rejoice because of it. Let’s go forward to the Lord, seeking Him, desiring Him, loving Him in all aspects of our Life. In Him, we have peace and strength.
He is indeed the Son that shines!
Keep the Faith! May God bless you all,