Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As we come to the end of June, we are seeing a spike in the coronavirus cases in South Carolina and Greenville County is one of the hot spots in the state.
As much as I would like to relax the present restrictions on parish life, I feel it would be irresponsible. Therefore, after consultation with Fr. Richard, Deacon Mike, and our parish and school staff, I have decided to continue the restrictions on worship and parish life that we have followed through May and June, on through the end of July.
This means we will continue to permit only 100 people to attend Mass at any one time. As I mentioned in my letter last week, although the obligation to attend Mass has been suspended by the Bishop, this does not mean you can simply skip Mass. If you are well enough to go shopping, then you should come to confession and Mass.
Times for confession are Wednesday 4:30 to 5:30 with Fr. Richard and Sunday from 9:00 – 10:00 with me. Confessions take place in the Lower Church and an usher will admit one person at a time into the Lower Church where a secure and distanced confessional has been set up.
You should try to attend Mass once a week. The Sunday morning Mass is the most crowded, but there is usually room at the two evening Masses on the weekend. Sign up to attend weekend Masses using Sign Up Genius. Weekday Masses are
- Monday: 8:30 am
- Tuesday: 12:00 noon
- Wednesday: 6:00 pm
- Thursday: 10:00 am
- Friday: 10:00 am
You do not need to sign up for weekday Masses and there is usually plenty of room to be distanced. Mondays and Thursdays are especially open with plenty of room.
If you wish to meet with the parish clergy, we can meet in person in the parish office, but we prefer to talk by phone or arrange a Zoom meeting. Call the parish office to arrange a meeting if necessary.
Some good news: We met this week with the building committee members and decided to move forward with the second phase of the construction of the All Souls Memorial Garden. With this in mind, we are about to order the inscribed bricks that many of your ordered earlier in the year. Before we place the order, however, we are taking more orders for memorial bricks. If you would like to order an inscribed brick in memory of your departed loved ones please be in touch with Beth at the parish office. She will assist you and your brick can be included in the next order and installed as the All Souls Memorial Garden is completed.
As part of the All Souls Memorial Garden we will move the existing outdoor pro-life shrine and incorporate the plaques and image of the Madonna and Child into the new All Souls Garden. This will also give more room for pro- life prayer meetings and rosaries to be prayed.
During this time of vacation enjoy yourselves, stay safe, take common sense precautions in regard to the virus and pray for prosperity, peace and justice to prevail in our troubled world.
The readings this week remind us of the need to offer hospitality and hope to those in need. We are working with St. Vincent de Paul Society at this time to take some extra steps of outreach to our community. Next week I hope to tell you more about this new initiative.