MARCH 17 - HOW ST. MARY'S IS HELPING & MORE
Please read the updates (below this message) about:
-How those in need can receive help through St. Mary's and how you can help
-Changes to the Food Bank (now preferring financial donations instead of food) & other charitable donations
-How St. Mary's is launching virtual content to better bring you Christ and bring our community together (including daily written/video reflections and live virtual pastoral talks with Q&A)
FR. CHRISTOPHER GRAY, PASTOR
HOW THOSE IN NEED CAN RECEIVE HELP & HOW YOU CAN HELP THEM
We are working closely with Summit County and community partners to help those most in need locally through the coronavirus pandemic. We will continue to regularly update the St. Mary's community on these efforts.
1. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
St. Mary's has always provided short-term basic financial assistance to those in genuine, verified need and will continue to do so as much as possible in this time of crisis. For those needing financial assistance due to loss of work, please contact Sandy Foley at (435) 940-5455 to see if St. Mary's may be able to help you. DO NOT COME TO THE OFFICE.
To support this ministry, please scroll down our online giving page to the "CC Charity" section and click "Make a Donation."
Additionally, the Christian Center of Park City offers similar basic needs assistance.
2. FOOD BANK GRAB 'N' GO (NO MORE FOOD DONATIONS)
In keeping with the requests of the Summit County Health Department, St. Mary's Food Bank now prefers financial donations, instead of food donations. Starting next week, the food bank will provide grab and go bags on Tuesdays from 12 - 4 PM at the Old Town Chapel Hall, 121 Park Ave, Park City 84060.
To support the food bank, please scroll down our online giving page to the "CC Charity" section and click "Make a Donation." Or to volunteer, please contact Sarah Dellenbach at (801) 487-4515 to schedule.
Additionally, the Christian Center offers an extensive food pantry.
3. HELP FOR EXPECTING MOTHERS IN NEED
St. Mary's Gabriel Project Ministry serves expecting mothers (and mothers of young children) in need in a variety of ways by providing baby clothing, diapers, toys, books, other supplies, spiritual support, and financial assistance. Please call Arlene Helfand at (435) 714-9300 if you are a mother in need.
To support the Gabriel Project, in lieu of physical donations (such as diapers, etc.) please scroll down our online giving page to the "CC Charity" section and click "Make a Donation."
4. GROCERY DROP-OFF SERVICES FOR ELDERLY & OTHERS
St. Mary's is working with the Christian Center to provide drop-off grocery services to elderly parishioners and others for whom it would be unsafe to leave their homes during the pandemic. Please call Killian Beeler at (435) 940-5452 if you are in need of these services or know someone who is.
Beginning tomorrow, March 18, to better bring Christ to you, and to bring our community closer together during these difficult times, St. Mary's will begin sending out daily video reflections through our text/email update system. Please sign up if you have not done so already.
Additionally, on Thursday, March 19, 6:30 PM, Fr. Gray will host a live virtual "Way of Christ" pastoral talk followed by an "Ask Me Anything" Q&A session with him. To watch and participate in the live event, join the Zoom Meeting on your computer at: https://bit.ly/38XOXyL a little before 6:30 PM on Thursday.
MARCH 16 - MASSES AND CHURCH GATHERINGS SUSPENDED
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 email@example.com 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.