POP Parish Outreach Program

Outdoor Masses

OUTDOOR MASS APPROVED

Update From St. Thomas the Apostle Parish 

 

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Hello, St. Thomas family!

It is difficult to share the news about our office and church reclosure orders. We received an official communication from the diocese informing us about the DIOCESAN RESPONSE in reaction to the statewide mandate of Governor Newsom to reinstitute the ‘shelter-in-place’ that we had in March 2020. However, there is good news. Even if our church is closed for indoor masses, the diocese has just approved the celebration of outdoor masses. Please ignore the previous announcements about our parish masses. I trust that you will understand these changes since sudden updates and shifts have become a persistent reality in the ‘new normal’. Having said this, I would like to relay to you, our dear St. Thomas family, the latest information about our masses. All of our masses will be done in PUBLIC and they will be held OUTDOORS.  The 8 am masses on Mondays and Wednesdays will be celebrated in the patio of the Katherine Drexel Center which has the capacity to sit 40 persons. Our Sundays masses (8 am, 10:30 am, 1 pm Hispanic, and 5 pm) will be held in our school’s breezeway where at least 70 persons can be seated. The 10:30 am and 1 pm Sunday masses are the only ones to be live streamed. As we have done before, it will be ‘first come, first seated’ basis. We will let this plan work out this weekend and then adjust accordingly as needed for future celebrations. This weekend will be hot, so we are encouraging you all to bring along water and other items to prevent you from overheating. Also, we remind you to bring your personal hand sanitizer so you can sanitize your hands before, even after, receiving communion. The Sacrament of Confession (3 pm to 5 pm every Saturday) will be available outdoors as well. It will be held at the parish patio. The dates for First Communion and Adult Confirmations are put on hold for the time being. Our parish office is closed to the public, but we will be glad to serve you and know your concerns through the phone, email and even through snail mail. As this closure mandate will surely bring pain and frustration to many of us, may I ask for your continued patience and sheer perseverance as we deal with these current challenges in the practice of our faith? We thank God that we can still celebrate public masses outdoors and virtually. Let us implore the intercession of our patron saint St. Thomas the Apostle in praying for the grace that we need so we can continue to hope in God who will make things beautiful for each one of us and for His church in His time. Blessings!

Fr. Resti,

Parochial Administrator

 

Indoor Masses Suspended
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