The Mass schedule will go on, even though they will not be celebrated publicly. The Masses will be streamed live on the Facebook pages respective to where the Mass is celebrated. That means that if the Mass is celebrated at St Mary Church, it will be streamed live on the St Mary Facebook and vice versa. You can call in for confessions and set up a time. I am offering confessions at the regular times at St Joseph. I will be in the garage at the rectory. Just drive up. You do not have to get out of your car.
If you would like the bulletin brought to you, we can drop it off in your mailbox, or use the parish app to read it. The distribution of Holy Communion and the administration of the Sacrament of the Sick remains for emergency situations only. I ask that you make a spiritual communion at this time when physical participation is not possible. Give a call in the office 1-815-232-8271, my extension is 7. Still working slow from calls from the Response Team to see how everybody is doing and to see if there are any needs. Many said they do not need a call. If you do not want a call, please let me know by calling the above phone number. Many of you know each other, please spread the word about all we are planning and tell them to call the office if they would like to take advantage of these services.
In addition to the live streaming of the Mass and stations, I am also live streaming the rosary starting at around 7:10am Tuesdays through Fridays. At 3:00pm on Tuesdays through Saturdays I will stream live the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and possibly the Mid-Afternoon Prayer. Evening Prayer and Night Prayer may vary on the day and schedule as I figure the times available. So this is what the schedule may look like on a weekly basis. One big change is that I will be celebrating Mass at St Joseph Church on Tuesday mornings, so the live streams will be on St Joseph’s Facebook. The only Mass that I will stream from St Mary’s will be Sunday mornings at 8:00am. This change is to limit the risk of coronavirus between Fr Ospina and I by using the same spaces sparingly; however, I also want St Mary parishioners to be able to see their church.
–Tuesday Rosary live streamed with the rosary on St Joseph Facebook at about 7:10am.
–Tuesday Morning Mass live streamed on St Joseph Facebook at 8:00am.
–Tuesday Morning Confessions by the garage at St Joseph Church after Mass till 10:00am.
–Tuesday Chaplet of Divine Mercy live streamed on St Joseph Facebook at 3:00pm.
–Tuesday Evening Confessions by the garage at St Joseph Church rectory at 4pm.
–Wednesday Rosary live streamed on St Joseph Facebook at 8am.
–Wednesday Mass live streamed on St Joseph Facebook at 9:30am.
–Wednesday 3:00pm Chaplet of Divine Mercy live streamed on St Joseph Facebook.
–Thursday Rosary live streamed on St Joseph Facebook at about 7:10am.
–Thursday Mass live streamed on St Joseph Facebook at 8:00am.
–Thursday Chaplet of Divine Mercy live streamed on St Joseph Facebook at about 3:30pm (after praying at the corner).
–Friday Rosary live streamed on St Joseph Facebook at 7:10am.
–Friday Mass live streamed on St Joseph Facebook at 8:00am.
–Friday Chaplet of Divine Mercy live streamed on St Joseph Facebook at 3:00pm.
–Saturday Mass live streamed on St Joseph Facebook at 8:00am.
–Saturday Rosary live streamed on St Joseph Facebook at about 7:10am.
–Saturday Morning Confessions by the garage at St Joseph Church rectory by 9:00am.
–Saturday Evening Confessions by the garage at St Joseph Church rectory at 3:00pm.
–Sunday Rosary live streamed on St Mary Facebook at 7:10am.
–Sunday Mass live streamed on St Mary Facebook at 8:00am.
Notice, not all the Masses will be streamed live. Even if you miss the live streaming, it will be available as a recording for you when you have time. There will be recorded events in Spanish on the St Mary Facebook with Fr Ospina. I like to keep regular, but I never know what will happen next. I might be at different locations from time to time. Times may also vary. As we deal with this situation, I decided to focus on the prayers and gain peace of mind and heart. As we go, we will be getting better equipment and better at this and hope to keep in contact with you.
Jesus gave us the Church to be a community of believers in support for each other. We are all a gift to each other by the graces of our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless you all!
— Fr Barr