Father David’s Letter
Dear Friends in Christ,
This weekend marks the official beginning of the Holiday Season. No doubt we are all greatly looking forward to this blessed time to bond with family and close friends. Even if our gatherings are different this year due to the pandemic, and surely they will be for many of us, still the sacred aura and transcendental mystical quality of these celebrations of bounty, grace, and love will lift our hearts and spirits as they always do. COVID or no, restrictions or no, the blessings of these days continue to abide in our psyche, our homes, and our communities.
I pray you had a good Thanksgiving! Again, I’m sure it was at least a little different this year. Yet, even with all the unrest, uncertainty, and lingering Viral sickness, we take this time to consider and celebrate all that is right in the world instead of dwelling on all that is wrong with it. There is good around every corner. We are continually flooded with God’s grace and blessing, if we but have the eyes to see. Thank You Dear Lord for always remembering and taking care of your children! We hold on to Your Sacred Promise more than ever: “I will be with you always, until the end of the age.”
We now begin the Holy Season of Advent. It doesn’t seem to me that we should be yet, but here it is nonetheless. Like it or not, Christmas is coming, haha. It will certainly be different this year. Even as I write this, further rules and restrictions regarding social gatherings have just been promulgated from the Governor’s office. These will affect our Christmas travel and gatherings. My family has already talked about singing Christmas carols together via Skype or Face Time! While not the same as being together in person, it is something we can do, making use of the wonders of modern technology, to still be with each other in some way during these most cherished family days. Yes, emotions will run very high – hearts will yearn, voices will shudder, tears will flow – and it won’t seem right. We will all ache for the full human experience of Christmas and will be sad not to have it. Yet, we hold on nevertheless to the unbreakable bond of love that we share with our families, our fellow Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, and of course our God and Lord Himself. Even if the particulars of our holiday celebrations are not as festive as they normally would be, the truth and wonder surrounding these holy days remains. God is with us. His Truth and Love abide with us forever. And we are here for Each Other.
A Blessed Advent to You All.
Take Care and Stay Safe!
Bishop David Malloy’s Covid Message to the people of the Diocese of Rockford
Bishop David Malloy’s Thanksgiving message to the people of the Rockford Diocese
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COVID-19 Mass Directives
As some parishioners do not feel comfortable attending Mass for at this time, you are encouraged to watch Mass on ETWN, local channels, and on St. Mary’s, St. Patrick’s and Holy Apostles’ websites. Bishop Malloy will also offer Masses on Sundays at 9am and reflections on Wednesdays at noon. These will be available on the diocesan website and their Facebook page. Here is the link to Spiritual Communion and Chaplet of the Blessed Sacrament: https://www.virgosacrata.com/spiritual-communion.html
To attend Mass, please remember to bring your face mask! This a requirement to wear a mask during the Mass. You can remove the mask when receiving Communion. Hand sanitizers are available in the church for your use as well. Our highest prioritiy is to keep our parishioners safe! We are following all the directives issued by the Diocese of Rockford and the Archdiocese of Chicago regarding social distancing, sanitizing, etc.
Don’t forget that you can also tune your car radio to FM90.3 to listen in the parking lot and then receive the Eucharist after the Mass.
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