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The Ascension of the Lord

Announcements from our bulletin of May 24, 2020

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This weekend we celebrate the feast of the Ascension, when Jesus is taken up into glory.

Jesus also commissions his disciples to baptize in his name, reminding them that he is always present through his Spirit. Having ascended to his Father amid cries of gladness, we are to be his witnesses for we have been gifted with his Spirit of wisdom and revelation.

My brothers and sisters, as we prepare to return to our Church starting next week on May 26th, all of us now appreciate coming together to pray and receive the Eucharist physically present in our Churches. We have gotten a glimpse of what it must have been like for the apostles when Jesus was taken from them through his death on a cross. And the joy they experienced when Jesus appeared to them and their recognition of him through the breaking of the bread. During these past eight weeks we have missed receiving our Lord and being physically present to each other.

Now we see with renewed appreciation what it means to be a Christian community physically present and to receive Jesus through the breaking of the bread. While it is good to celebrate Mass online, we all know that there is something special about actually being present in the flesh.

I want to take this moment to ask you to read the letter from our Archbishop on our website and his guidance as we return. We cannot expect to have full churches as we are asked to have no more than 30% occupancy rate per Mass. I ask for your compliance and patience as we gradually reopen and return to eventual normalcy.

May God Bless you and Keep you!

Fr. Damian

May 18, 2020

Dear parishioners,

As we reopen our churches for the celebration of the Mass and Sacraments with the People of God present and actively participating, we recognize that we cannot eliminate the very possible risk of infection from the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. However, your parish priests and I are committed to mitigating the risk as much as possible. We reopen because we believe as Church that there are no substitutes for the reception of the sacraments and our first priority is to be the sign of hope and instrument of the salvation of the entire human race.

On Tuesday, May 26, parishes will resume celebrating daily Masses. (May 18 in Monroe County). However, social distancing will be required with approximately 6 feet separation between persons (except for family members from same household); worshippers are asked to wear a face mask and to keep it on during Mass, removing it only to receive Holy Communion. Hymnals, missalettes, holy water will be removed from the church; and the church and its facilities will be sanitized between services. Hand sanitizers are available at church entrances. ln entering or leaving the church, and in approaching the altar to receive Holy Communion please maintain proper social distance. These arrangements will take some time getting used to and so you are asked to pay attention to ushers or others who may be directing. After Mass please do not congregate in the church or outside but make your way home.

Click here to download the full letter.

To read the article on the Archdiocese of Miami website, please click here.

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If you have any questions, please contact the parish office at (305) 931-0600 or by email at parishoffice@stmmsib.org.

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