The Summit County Health Department has required churches to remain closed until after Easter. Please continue to pray for an end to the coronavirus pandemic, for healing, and that when the county reviews this new requirement in two weeks we will be able to gather in worship again for the holiest of days.
To access the Church, please visit the office. We will have temporary new office hours: 10 AM - 4 PM Monday through Thursday.
Unfortunately, the Fr. Gaitley event scheduled for tonight is also cancelled.
Please see my message below from March 12 for my contact info and for more on how we all can accompany Christ in His Fasting with our Lent.
Fr. Christopher Gray, Pastor
MARCH 12 - MASSES AND CHURCH GATHERINGS SUSPENDED
From March 14 until March 31, we will be spending our Lent in private prayer as a response to the coronavirus pandemic. Our Bishop has announced a general dispensation from the Sunday obligation to attend Mass. Moreover, all Masses are cancelled, as well as all the other public devotions and times for prayer, such as scheduled Confessions, Adoration, and the Stations of the Cross, and all other Church gatherings. Although this may seem an aggressive measure, this is done with the best interest not only of our faithful but also of the wider community in which we live and work.
Still, the Lord is with us and we are accompanying Him through His fasting with our Lent, now the most barren we can imagine. As your pastor, I will be offering Holy Mass every day, even though it is not open to the public, for you and for all, for an end to this crisis, and for healing. Likewise, St. Mary’s White Pine Canyon Church and St. Mary’s Old Town Chapel will remain open for visits to the Blessed Sacrament, though we must not congregate. Also, your priests are available for private confessions, Anointing of the Sick, and Viaticum. Our offices will remain open, and you can always reach me by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (435-940-5451).
During this time, I encourage you to:
* Find Mass, especially Sunday Mass, online or on TV.
* Read the daily readings, available from the USCCB website, http://www.usccb.org
* Prayerfully read our daily Lenten reflections http://www.stmarysparkcity.com...
* Read Scripture
* Pray the Rosary
* Heartily engage the three Lenten practices of Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving.
Also, during this time, stay tuned to our website, stmarysparkcity.com, and our Facebook pages. Although we might not be together for worship, we can still share many things—especially news of our time to return to the altar of God in worship.
Remember, you are not alone! Let us pray together, a light divided for a time but undimmed, hallowed by God’s blessing to the honor of His Name to overcome the darkness of this night. Jesus Christ, the Morning Star who never sets, will find the flame of our faith still burning. Let us pray to our Blessed Mother and to all the saints to intercede for a speedy return to our life together in the worship of Almighty God.