ICC NEWSLETTER - June 26, 2020
There was no question it was summer in Irvington this week. As summer embraces us, please make sure to venture outdoors carefully. For those of you for whom being out in high temperatures is not so healthy, such as our seniors and folks with underlying health conditions, please remember that wearing a mask can make you even more prone to overheating. If is hot, stay home and make sure to drink plenty of fluids. Be kind to yourselves.
As we mentioned last week,
our parish has updated its website
. Our goal was to streamline it, and make it more user friendly for you. There are a lot of features in it that you may find useful, too. You can consult our Calendar, see Mass times for weekdays and Holy Days, register in the parish and in the REP, request Masses or prayers, volunteer for a Ministry, and request a Sacramental Certificate. You can also download the Sunday bulletin, read and watch Church and Vatican news and videos, find explanations of our Sacraments, guides to a good Confession, information about the "whys" and "hows" behind a lot of what we do, and even a little history. We invite you to visit and familiarize yourselves with it. After all, it is all for
Although we are happy to be having public daily and Sunday Mass again, coming to church may not be feasible for some of you, yet. That is why we are also happy to offer you the opportunity to participate in Spiritual Communion with our Sunday Mass,
right on our homepage website
. The Readings for this Sunday are attached to this email.
Keep up the practice of "going to Mass" whether you do it at home or here.
It is very important, especially for our children.
As the transition back to public Mass continues, we have noticed some commonality in the questions we have been receiving. So here is a look at some of our most
Q. Is there Communion?
A. Yes! We are very happy to be able to distribute the Eucharist to our faithful parishioners. All we ask is that you wear your mask as you wait on our socially distanced line, and follow the Priests' and Ushers' prompts.
Q. Is Communion distributed at the end of Mass?
A. No. Communion is distributed, as always, during the Communion Rite.
Q. Do you have hand sanitizer?
A. Yes we do. We have two well marked, touchless hand sanitizer stands at the entrance to the church with some very pleasant and non-sticky sanitizing solution in them. You are welcome to use them as you enter and leave the church.
Q. Is the church cleaned between Masses?
A. Absolutely. The Priests and volunteer parishioners sanitize the pews after every Mass! We care about you and want to make you feel safe physically and spiritually.
Q. Is there social distancing?
A. Yes there is. The pews are clearly marked to designate where to sit, and we have done it in such a way so as to preserve the dignity and beauty of our Sanctuary.
Q. Do you restrict the number of people in the church?
A. Yes. According to Archdiocesan and State guidelines, we are limited to only 96 people in the church at a time, and we are sticking to it.
Q. Do I need to wear a mask?
A. Masks are required at all times except, of course, as you receive the Eucharist.
Q. Can anyone attend Mass?
A. Anyone sick or experiencing any symptoms of illness is asked to refrain from coming. Senior citizens, or individuals with underlying conditions, are encouraged to consult with their health practitioner before making the decision to attend Mass. Families are welcome to come, and there are pews set apart which allow them to sit together.
Q. What if I am not sure of what to do?
A. Don't worry, we have that covered. We have a very faithful group of parishioners (for whom we are very grateful!) that have been instructed on how Mass will proceed and how to socially distance everyone. Feel free to speak with them, or with a Priest, if you have any questions.
We are going to end this email as we began it. It is Summer, and the warmth and beauty of it encourages us to go out.
if you do, be smart and be careful. Bring your mask, bring your water, keep your distance, and stay well. That goes for
of our parishioners young or old.
These times are as tough on our youth as our seniors, so no matter what age you are, let's make sure to do the right thing.
See you on Sunday!
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Sunday Readings June 28, 2020
Understanding these are very difficult times, please consider making an online donation to our parish. We know that some of you may not be comfortable making your donations online. If so, feel free to mail in your envelopes to the Rectory. Thank you for your generosity.
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on Friday, June 26 at 2:19PM