Good To Be Back!

Lift up your heads, O gates; rise up, you ancient portals, that the king of glory may enter.

Who is this king of Glory?

The Lord of hosts, he is the king of glory (Psalm 24: 9-10).

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Dear Corpus Christ Family,

Our Journey Home Continues With A Return

to Our Regular Sunday Mass Schedule

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It is with great joy that we continue “our journey home” (quote from Bishop Vann), with a return to our regular Sunday Mass schedule.

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Sunday Mass Schedule

  • Saturday, Vigil Mass, at 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 12:00 noon.

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In my last message I wrote about a three-fold approach around attending Mass on Sunday.  Since many of you are anxious about returning to Mass and receiving Holy Communion, I have included it under the title: Same O, Same O.  If you weren’t here for our re-opening weekend it’s important that you read it so that you’ll won’t be surprise when you come.  It covers what to expect.  And, if you were here you may find it helpful to review.

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The Bishop continues the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until such time as it is deemed safe to have large gatherings at Mass.

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The 10:00 a.m. Mass will now be live-streamed.  Please click here for more information on live-streaming.

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Like the last message, please read this one through because it also includes other helpful information, like when the Sacrament of Penance (Confession, Reconciliation) resumes and what it really means to be re-opened.

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About Last Weekend, a Pastor’s Reflection

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As the psalmist said: “I rejoiced when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord” (Psalm 122:1).

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Walking into the Grand Hall before both the Saturday, 5:00 p.m. Vigil Mass and the Sunday, 10:00 a.m. Mass my heart was filled with joy seeing our parish family coming together to celebrate the source and summit of our faith, the Eucharist.

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Honestly, it was just wonderful seeing people and their faces again. Granted, everyone was wearing their face covering or mask, but, as it has been said: “the eyes are the window to the soul”.  Funny what life brings our way, perhaps we’re getting to know people better because we’re reading the eyes, and eyes always tell the truth.  Our long Eucharistic fast was over, but so was our people fast.  Over the last three months my life, perhaps like yours, had become somewhat isolated.  Granted, I grocery shopped and pumped gas when I needed to and that got me out in the public, as well as checking in on my parents.  But my life had become my one-mile journey from the rectory to Corpus Christi, and back again at the end of the day.  My days consisted of Zoom conferences and Face Time, still does, and though I’m grateful for technology I’m sure you’ll agree with me, it’s not the same as being together.  I didn’t realize how people starved I really was until I walked into the Grand Hall to celebrate a public Mass for the first time.   As you well know, “no man is an island”.   We need one another, so much so that it’s mentioned fifty-eight times in the New Testament.

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As I saw people trickle in from the parking lot into the Grand Hall or positioning themselves comfortably outside, the movie Field of Dreams came to mind.  The famous line of “build it and they will come” ran through me.  The most memorable part of that classic movie, for me, is at the end when cars with head lights on stretched into the far distance make their way to the Field.  Visioning that scene in my mind’s eye always brings forth deep emotion, and I had the same experience on re-opening weekend.  I’m deeply moved by the love, faith, and hope of our parish family especially during this time of COVID-19 and civil upheaval.  Thank you, Corpus Christi, for being such a wonderful blessing and gift to me.

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I have a confession to make, while celebrating Mass I’m not always focused 100% of the time on the Holy.  I get distracted and my mind wonders too, like the schoolboy that I was looking out the window during math.  At both Masses we had several people attend outside.  As a side note, the Saturday, 5:00 p.m. Vigil Mass is probably the best one to attend outside because it’s cooler.  Anyway, it was quite the sight to see parishioners in lawn chairs, wearing hats, and even one family brought a pop-up.  The air was festive, everyone grateful to be back.  Okay, so here’s the unholy thought.  While looking out during one of the readings I couldn’t help but think of Neil Diamond and Hot August Night at the Greek Theater way back when.  By the way, I have the music on my phone and listen to it often.  It’s awesome music, and of course, it dates me.  During the concert Neil Diamond refers to the “tree people”.  Those way out in the distance beyond the theater in the hillsides watching the concert for free.  And so that’s what came to mind when I saw the faithful gathered outside.  So, a weekend highlight was when those in-side the Grand Hall and those outside greeted one another with a wave.  It’s good to be back!

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This reflection has gone on long enough.  I’m grateful for an amazing Pastoral Team (staff).  They’ve been with me every step of the way and were here with me through-out re-opening weekend.  I grateful for our wonderful team of volunteers, from Hospitality to the newly formed All Hands-on Deck Ministry, from our Lectors to our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, from Altar Care to musicians, and to all those who simply pitched in where they were needed, and like the Pastoral Team are simply amazing.  Perhaps no one has said it better then William Shakespeare, “I can no answer make but thanks, and thanks and ever thanks”.

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A return to our regular Sunday Mass schedule

means exactly what?

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To get to where we want to be, celebrating Mass as a family without restrictions, then we need to do what is asked of us.  Currently, per the Governor’s directive the limit is 25% of a building’s capacity or 100 people, whichever is less.  So, what that means is, only 100 parishioners can attend a Mass in the Grand Hall.

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The first 100 parishioners who show up before Mass will be allowed in the Grand Hall.  Once we’ve reached the 100 limit the door into the Grand Hall will be closed.  It will be “first come, first serve”.

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If you’re not among the first 100, you can still attend by remaining outdoors in our courtyard area.  Our outdoor speakers have been upgraded enabling all to hear.  You’ll be able to receive Holy Communion.  Remember to bring sunscreen, a hat, a chair, and perhaps a pop-up or umbrella.  Remember, the “tree people”.  And, don’t forget, please maintain a 6-foot physical distance from one another outside of family.

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SAME O, SAME O

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There is a three-fold approach around attending Mass on Sunday:

  1. Before You Arrive
  2. As You Arrive and
  3. While You’re Here.*

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Before You Arrive

Before you leave the front door do the following:

  • Make a Personal Health Assessment.

We respectfully request that anyone who has a health condition that places them at risk, or anyone who has been exposed to the Coronavirus, remain home at this time.  Also, we encourage those who are over 65 years of age to remain home as well.  Remember, you can attend the 10 a.m. Mass virtually with us via our parish YouTube Channel.  Click here to go to our YouTube Channel.  Also, the Bishop continues the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.

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  • Mask or face covering is required.

Everyone over the age of 2 must wear a mask or face covering during Mass.  No one will be allowed to enter the Grand Hall without a mask or face covering and it’s to be worn at all times.  At this time, the parish will not be providing a mask or face covering.  That is your responsibility.

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  • Bring your own worship aide.

We will not have worship aides available, but the worship aide will be online and so you may want to print out your own. Click here to download our current worship aid → June 20_21 Worship Aid.

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As You Arrive

  • Please wear your mask or face covering as you exit your vehicle.
  • Please keep physical distancing of 6 feet.
  • There will be one entrance door.
  • The Church door will open 20 minutes prior to Mass.
  • Hand sanitizers will be available and to be used as you enter the church.
  • The collection basket will be near the baptismal font as you enter. Thank you for your continued generosity!
  • Hospitality Ministers will direct you to your seat.
  • Sanitize your chair*.

* A sanitize wipe in a zip lock bag will be on a table in front of the baptismal font as you enter the one entrance door, please take one, and sanitize your chair.

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While You’re Here

  • Once seated please remain in your seat throughout Mass.
  • The Cry Room (Family Room) will not be available for families.
  • No joining hands at the Our Father, or physical touch at the Sign of Peace, and the Cup for Holy Communion will not be offered.
  • Holy Communion will be distributed after the final blessing. You will receive Holy Communion when you exit the Grand Hall.
  • Hospitality Ministers will direct the way to the Holy Communion stations.
  • Those attending Mass outside, may receive Holy Communion after the Grand Hall has emptied. Please wait at the Main Entrance door, maintaining physical distancing of 6 feet. The Hospitality Ministers will direct you into the Grand Hall and the way to Holy Communion.
  • Please do not congregate in the courtyard or the parking area following Mass.
  • No donuts yet.

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Other Helpful Information

8:00 a.m. Mass, Wednesday through Friday

An alternative that you may want to consider is attending 8:00 a.m. Mass during the week.  8:00 a.m. Mass is offered Wednesday through Friday.

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Like Sunday Mass, you will be required to wear a mask or face covering, sanitize your own chair, and maintain physical distancing of 6 feet.

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The Church door will open 15 minutes before Mass.

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The Grand Hall will be secured at 9:00 a.m.

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Confessions

Confessions will resume on Saturday, June 27, at 3:30 p.m. in the Rose Garden.

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Re-Opening for Mass only

During this first phase we are reopening for Mass only.  The Grand Hall will not be open for private prayer.

 

The parish office and facility will remain close at this time.

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Meetings, organizational and ministerial group gatherings will not resume on campus at this time.  Gatherings may take place via Zoom or other technology, but not yet in person.

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It is my blessing to be your Pastor now, and for many years to come!

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Father Tim

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