Hello Parish Family!
As we approach our first Sunday without the celebration of the Eucharist, I wanted to let you know what our thoughts are, and what plans we will have in place as we move forward through this “uncharted territory”.
First, we will be sending out each day, beginning tomorrow (for Sunday’s Mass), the daily Mass readings along with a homily from Father Kevin. We will include an “Act of Spiritual Communion,” which you can pray whenever you desire the Eucharist but it is unavailable to you.
Also, the bishop or a priest will be celebrating daily Mass and Sunday Mass, without a congregation, at the Cathedral and at St. Richard, and are available to watch online in the following manner:
–If you are on Facebook, you can find the Cathedral Mass at “Roman Catholic Diocese of Jackson”. The Mass is celebrated at 12:05 each day and is available both live and recorded. The St. Richard Mass is found at “Saint Richard Catholic Church” and is celebrated at 8:00 a.m. each day. It is also available live as well as recorded.
–On the web, the Sunday Mass will be available on the Diocesan website. Go to www.jacksondiocese.org and there will be a link to a YouTube site to watch the Sunday Mass. St. Richard’s daily and Sunday Masses are available on their web page, www.saintrichard.com.
–On tv – EWTN (check your provider for channel), airs Mass daily at 7:00 a.m. and again at 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
This is an extremely difficult time, and it seems doubly difficult to live through the hard times without the Eucharist to give us nourishment and strength. I can’t help but think of our brothers and sisters in Mexico, and other areas of the world, who are able to celebrate Mass and partake of the Eucharist only once or twice a year. They are not privileged, as we are, to have the Eucharist available every week, and even daily for those who wish to receive. This is truly the desert in our Lenten journey toward the Resurrection. Our faith assures us that this WILL get better, this WILL pass. We should all do our part, however, practicing all the social distancing, hand washing, and sanitizing procedures that the CDC and Health Department are advising. We should take care of ourselves and others, making sure everyone is safe. We should also PRAY unceasingly for the Lord to cover us with his mercy and love; for the victims of COVID-19 and their families; that there is an early end to this crisis; and that the world will turn toward our God as never before.
Remember, I am available by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, for any questions. In an emergency you can call me 601-573-2053, or Father Kevin 662-614-2195. You should begin receiving daily emails beginning tomorrow afternoon, which will contain the Mass readings and homilies for the following day. As we receive new directives and updates from the bishop, I will include those as well.
I continue to pray for each of you, for our parish, and for an end to this crisis. Mary, Mother of God, pray for us. St. Joseph, pray for us.
Yours in Christ,
Lay Ecclesial Minister
Daily Update 3/20/20
Hello Parish Family!