Letter to the Faithful 5-14-20
Hope you are all doing well! It gives me great joy to inform you that we are beginning the public celebration of the Eucharist on 20 May 2020. Our regular Mass schedule will resume that day.
I know these past couple months, away from the Eucharist have been painful. And, for so many, that struggle has been compounded by the loss of income and freedom for our families. But I want to sincerely thank all of you who have been taking the social distancing guidelines seriously. I personally admire and listen to the advices of my healthcare professional friends who are on the frontline in the battle of this virus, and I thank them for their service.
This time the main purpose of my letter is to share with you the letter of Bishop Foys to the faithful of the Diocese of Covington. I would also like to share with you a document with the protocols for public celebration of the Liturgy.
I know you have been very anxious to come back to church again; but that also makes me a bit nervous! Most of our weekend Masses are full as it is and implementing the social distancing guidelines will be a challenge. I know you will cooperate with us as we try to implement these guidelines. Having said that I would like to bring your attention to the fact that although we will begin public worship, Bishop Foys has extended the dispensation from the obligation of Sunday Mass and Holy Days to accommodate those who, for whatever reason, are not yet comfortable or able to attend public worship.
I thank you all again for your support in these uncertain times. On this Sunday, the sixth Sunday of Easter we read that Jesus said to his disciples, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth.” In the Holy Spirit that the Father gives us, we truly have an Advocate to help us in every life situation including the situation we are going through now. May we deepen our faith in the guidance of the Holy Spirit. May God continue bless you!
Fr. Baiju Kidaagen V.C., Pastor, St. Pius X Church