Dear Family,

I hope everyone is doing well, staying healthy and optimistic in these difficult times. I pray and think about you all daily. This past Sunday, during my live streamed Mass, I announced that I will be leaving St. Philip and St. Matthew parish on June 24th. On that day, I will become the pastor of St. John Parish in Newburgh. I know that the timing of this news and the transition is not easy for me or you, but all we can do is trust that God has a plan that benefits the Body of Christ and each one of us our journey with our Lord Jesus.

Until that day comes, I am working diligently with my wonderful staffs to make sure that we do everything possible to make sure our transition back to public Masses is as optimal as possible. We have resumed public Masses without obligation. That means that if anyone feels more comfortable staying at home at this time, then that is acceptable. We will still be live- streaming the Sunday Mass every week.

It is strongly urged that parishioners 65 years or older continue to connect with the Mass on live stream. In addition to that precaution, anyone who has underlying health condition that makes them vulnerable to Covid-19 should also stay home. If you are sick or have symptoms related to Covid-19, please stay home until you are well.

For those that do choose to come to Mass, we will be practicing social distancing between households, 6ft apart from each other. In other words, those that live in the same house may sit close together. It is also strongly suggested that communion be received by holding your hands in a “cupped” position (if physically possible) so that the Eucharist can be received without touching hands. My recommendation is not to receive communion on the tongue at this time. If you have strong feelings about this, please contact me and we can discuss it. The sign of peace, bringing up of the gifts, and the use of our song books will be suspended until further notice to aid in not spreading the virus. We also encourage everyone to bring a mask and wear them as needed to protect yourself and others. More details will provided in the days ahead and before each Mass that is celebrated.

Please pray for the special intention of smooth transition back to Mass and that our families will remain healthy. Let us all use good common sense, practice patience, and work together as one family to move forward. I love you all very much.

In the Heart of Christ,

Fr. Claude T. Burns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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