Dear Brothers and Sisters,
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:14
As many of may already know, Bishop Jaime Soto has directed that all public celebrations of the Holy Mass be suspended until further notice. His full letter to the faithful can be found attached to this email in both English and Spanish.
What this will look like for our parish:
— NO MASS WILL BE CELEBRATED PUBLICLY UNTIL BISHOP SOTO DIRECTS OTHERWISE. However, I will continue to offer the Mass each day in private, keeping you and your intentions close to my priestly heart.
— ON SUNDAYS, while there will be no public Masses, all the faithful are reminded that they still have the responsibility of observing the Lord’s Day, especially through prayer. A good practice is to read the Sunday Mass readings and prayerfully reflect on what the Holy Spirit wants to tell you: (www.magnificat.com/free or in Spanish www.magnificat.com/gratis) I will explore ways to keep you engaged in the faith but in the meantime, my Sunday homilies will continue to be found through any podcast app by simply typing “Fr. Brian Soliven” or by going directly to https://frbriansoliven.com/
— MINISTRY TO THE SICK: All routine visits to the sick are suspended. This is to protect the housebound/sick person. Most of those whom we visit are already at high risk. However, all sacramental emergencies for the Last Rites will be covered.
— CONFESSIONS will be heard at normal times: Saturday 4pm in Holy Family, and Sunday 11:30am in Holy Rosary with social distancing observed.
— BOTH CHURCHES WILL REMAIN OPEN EVERYDAY FOR PRAYER. Please call the Parish Office for the back door code for Holy Rosary.
— PARISH OFFICE HOURS remains unchanged. We are here for you.
** SUNDAY OFFERINGS**
Like for so many Americans, these are also financially difficult times as our economy grinds to a halt. If you are able, I ask of you to prayerfully consider continuing to send in your Sunday offerings. Our operating expenses to keep our parish functioning averages around $16,000 a month. Without your generosity, we cannot keep the doors open. Our Finance Council has authorized tapping into our Savings Account to pay last months bills but this is not a viable option for the long term. We need you. To make giving easier, you can donate online here:
Donations can also be mailed:
108 Taylor Ave. Portola, CA 96122
Or dropped off in the rectory mailbox near the garage.
In these unprecedented and unsettling times, our faith in Jesus Christ must become our rock. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need anything. I am your priest and my life is beholden to you. I will remain visible, available and present. During times such as these, we Christians are called to step up and jump “into the breach”. I dare say, the world needs us more than ever to make the presence of Jesus Christ all the more tangible. TAKE CARE OF ONE ANOTHER AND YOUR NEIGHBOR and most especially PRAY.
Yours Eternally in Christ,
Fr. Brian Soliven