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Back in His Presence!

As Public Masses begin to resume, please view the video below and read the letter from Fr. Geary for details regarding the procedures beginning June 6, 2020:

Español

Dear Parishioners of St. James:
Praised be Jesus Christ!
We recently received further guidance from Bishop Malloy regarding the celebration of Mass here at St. James.
Effective this coming weekend, June 6-7, we may increase the number of faithful present at the Mass to 200. In doing so and to allow time for proper cleaning & disinfecting of the church between Masses, our Mass schedule has been adjusted.
Our new Weekend Mass times are as follows:
                                    Saturday – 4:00pm, English
                             *** Sunday – 7:30am (without music) & 10:00am, English ***
                                    Sunday – 12:00 noon, Spanish
In following the “Back in His Presence” protocol set on May 15, 2020, please remember:
  • If you have a cough or are feeling sick, you should not come to church.
  • Persons 65 years & older are encouraged to stay at home for the time being.
  • Enter the church by the main entrance.
  • Everyone is asked to wear a face mask and sanitize their hands upon entering and leaving the church.
  • We will implement the necessary spacing for social distancing. An usher will escort you to your seat. Members of a single household who arrive together may sit together.
  • The Choir Loft will remain closed.
  • The invitation to the Sign of Peace has been omitted.
  • There will no holding hands at the Our Father.
  • At the reception of Holy Communion please remove your face mask, consume the Holy Eucharist, replace your face mask. You are not required to receive Communion. You may make a spiritual Communion.
  • At the end of Mass, each pew will be dismissed by an usher to ensure social distancing. Please continue to wear your face mask until you reach your vehicle.
I look forward to seeing you. May God continue to bless you and your families.
Fr. Geary

En Español

Estimados feligreses de la Parroquia de Santiago Apóstol:
¡Alabado sea Jesucristo!
Recientemente hemos recibido unas orientaciones más de parte del Obispo Malloy al respecto a la celebración de la Misa aquí en nuestra parroquia de Santiago Apóstol.
A partir del próximo fin de semana, el 6 y 7 de junio, se permite aumentar el número de fieles presentes en la Misa a 200. Al hacerlo y para dar tiempo para una adecuada limpieza y desinfección de la iglesia entre las Misas, nuestro horario de Misas ha sido cambiado.
El nuevo horario de Misa los fines de semana es el siguiente:
                                    Sábado – 4:00pm, Ingles
                             ***   Domingo – 7:30am (sin canto) & 10:00am, Ingles ***
                                    Domingo – 12:00 de mediodía, Español
Al seguir el protocolo “De Nuevo en su Presencia” instituido por el Obispo el 15 de mayo de 2020, les hacemos recordar:
1.   Si uno tiene tos o se siente enfermo, no debe venir a la Iglesia.
2.   Hasta otro aviso, las personas mayores de 65 años deben quedarse en casa por ser personas muy vulnerables.
3.   Entren a la iglesia por la puerta principal.
4.   A todos se les pide que se pongan un tapaboca (mascarilla) y que desinfecten sus manos al entrar y salir de la iglesia.
5.   Puesto que es preciso mantener el espacio necesario para el distanciamiento social, un acomodador los acompañará a sus asientos. Las personas que viven en la misma casa y que llegan juntos pueden sentarse juntos.
6.   El coro permanecerá cerrado.
7.   Se omitirá la Señal de la Paz.
8.   No se tomen de la mano al rezar el Padre Nuestro.
9.   Para comulgar, favor de quitar la mascarilla (tapaboca), poner la Santa Hostia en la boca, y poner la mascarilla de nuevo.
Nadie está obligado a comulgar. Usted puede hacer una Comunión espiritual.
10.  Al final de la Misa, cada banca será despedida por un acomodador para asegurar el distanciamiento social. Por favor, sigan usando la mascarilla hasta que lleguen a sus vehículos. Deben ir de frente a sus vehículos y no quedarse reunidos en las afueras de la iglesia.
Estoy a la espera de verlos. Que Dios siga bendiciéndolos a ustedes y a sus familias.
P. Geary

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A Prayer to Combat the Coronavirus Pandemic

Most Merciful and Triune God,
We come to You in our weakness.
We come to You in our fear.
We come to You with trust.
For You alone are our hope.

We place before You the disease present in our world.
We turn to You in our time of need.

Bring wisdom to doctors.
Give understanding to scientists.
Endow caregivers with compassion and generosity.
Bring healing to those who are ill.
Protect those who are most at risk.
Give comfort to those who have lost a loved one.
Welcome those who have died into Your Eternal Home.

Stabilize our communities.
Unite us in our compassion.
Remove all fear from our hearts.
Fill us with confidence in Your care.

(mention your particular concerns and prayers now)

Jesus, I trust in You.
Jesus, I trust in You.
Jesus, I trust in You.

Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us.
Our Lady, Comforter of the Afflicted, pray for us.
Our Lady, Help of Christians, pray for us.
Our Lady, Health of the Sick, pray for us.
Our Lady, Queen of Heaven and Earth, pray for us.

Amen