In a memo to parish priests dated September 30, 2020, Archbishop Gregory Hartmayer has extended the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for persons with health reasons or concerns remains in effect for all in the Archdiocese until further notice. Because of this, those wishing to participate in Mass and receive Holy Communion can do so by attending any Mass any day of the week. The obligation to keep a holy Sabbath remains and Catholics are reminded that, even while homebound, they are to devote themselves to, among other practices, personal prayer, meditating on the readings from the Sunday Mass and making a spiritual Communion. While those who are at high risk or who care for someone at risk can and should stay home and participate in an online or televised liturgy, Archbishop Gregory Hartmayer encourages those who are healthy and are not burdened with the fear of being exposed to the virus to begin returning to Mass and receive the grace of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. Watching the celebration of the Mass on the computer or TV cannot become a substitute for receiving the sacraments.
At the Holy Name of Jesus Chinese Catholic Mission, we do our best to keep you safe when you come to church by spraying the sanctuary and chapel after every Mass with disinfectant, and any room that have been used. We thank you for your continued support and cooperation by wearing masks to church and maintaining social distancing. Hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes are always available for your use.
Bible study will resume in October. Bible study in Chinese meets every Wednesday and will resume on Wednesday, October 7 at 10:00 am. Bible study in English meets on the first and third Mondays every month and will resume on Monday, October 5 at 6:30 pm. All participants are required to wear masks and observe social distancing. The social hall has been reserved for bible study during these times.
Eucharistic Adoration has resumed on its regular schedule every Sunday beginning at 9:30 am in the chapel. Come and join us!
Faith Formation has gone online! Online classes for children, teens and adults are now posted in our church website. Lessons will continue to be added, so check our website frequently.
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to our parishioners and benefactors for your support especially during this difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Your contributions have made it possible for our church to operate to the extent that we are able.
Sunday Mass videos will continue to be uploaded to our church website and Facebook page. Please share with your friends. All are welcome to participate in spirit! May God bless you and keep you safe in His loving care!
Fr. Bill Hao
Solemnity of All Saints