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June 25, 2020

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June 25, 2020

Dear Fellow St. Boniface Parishioners,

The green phase for Erie County has arrived! Effective Friday, June 26, we will be in the green phase of the state’s reopening. What that means for us in unclear at this point. I am still waiting for guidance from the diocese, but, once I do hear, I will pass it on. Until then, all previous restrictions still apply.

  • The Mass schedule is our usual schedule of weekday Masses Tuesday - Saturday at 8:00 AM and weekend Masses Saturday at 5:00 PM and Sunday at 7:30 & 10:30 AM. If we find that the number of people at Mass consistently exceeds 1/3 our capacity, which is not a concern at this point, we will need to alter that schedule.
  • As per the bishop’s instructions, we have removed all hymnals and Mass aids from the church. For those who like to follow along with the readings during Mass, as well as for assistance with the Mass parts, the phone app “Laudate” has all of that and more. For those who would like to go over the readings before Mass, usccb.org, the official website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has access to the daily Mass readings right on the front page.
  • The 7:30 AM Sunday Mass will be livestreamed and recorded each week for those who are unable or who choose not to return to Mass at this time. Please use the link below to livestream.

Meeting ID: 957 1341 3958

Password: 2VU5FN!

  • With the green phase, we will resume regular office hours beginning Monday, June 29. The office will be open 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM, Monday – Friday. Thank you for your patience these past months with our altered hours.
  • The office will be closed Friday, July 3, for the national holiday.
  • We are pleased to introduce an exciting new faith formation opportunity for parishioners to enjoy from home on your favorite electronic device. We have subscribed to the online video series Formed. You can read all about it on our bulletin, website, and our Facebook page, and you can join us for a short Zoom session on utilizing the service on Thursday, July 16, by clinking the below link:
    • You can join this meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
      https://zoom.us/j/99954507077

      You can also dial in using your phone.
      US: +1 312 626 6799, +1 646 876 9923, +1 301 715 8592, +1 669 900 6833, +1 253 215 8782, +1 346 248 7799, +1 408 638 0968
      Meeting ID: 999-545-0707
  • Plans for the summer festival have been finalized. Unfortunately, there will be no chicken dinner this year. We will still have a raffle and basket auction, the details of which will be sent out shortly. The date for the drawing is Sunday, August 9. Please stay tuned to these emails, the bulletin, the website, our Facebook page, and other communications for more information. We are also looking for baskets for the basket auction. For those who are able, we ask you to please assemble a basket of a $40 value and bring it to the office as you normally would. Thank you to the members of the committee for their creativity, and thank you in advance to all of you for supporting our new vision for a summer festival like we have never done before.

 

That’s all the news for now. Thank you again for your patience and understanding. Keep praying for each other and for healing for our country, from COVID-19 and from all violence and division. God bless, and please let me know if I can be of help to you in any way.

Peace,

Fr. Marc

 


June 11, 2020

 

Dear Fellow St. Boniface Parishioners,

Public weekend Masses have resumed, and so far so good. Attendance was understandably light our first weekend, but those who did attend were very patient and conscientious about observing the safety protocols put in place by the bishop. I trust that will continue as we move forward. I want to thank in a special way the people who have volunteered to do the extra work necessary to make our return to Mass possible. We couldn’t do it without you!

  • The Mass schedule is our usual schedule of weekday Masses Tuesday - Saturday at 8:00 AM and weekend Masses Saturday at 5:00 PM and Sunday at 7:30 & 10:30 AM. If we find that the number of people at Mass consistently exceeds 1/3 our capacity, which is not a concern at this point, we will need to alter that schedule.
  • As per the bishop’s instructions, we have removed all hymnals and Mass aids from the church. For those who like to follow along with the readings during Mass, as well as for assistance with the Mass parts, the phone app “Laudate” has all of that and more. For those who would like to go over the readings before Mass, usccb.org, the official website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has access to the daily Mass readings right on the front page.
  • The 7:30 AM Sunday Mass will be livestreamed and recorded each week for those who are unable or who choose not to return to Mass at this time. Please use the link below to livestream.

Meeting ID: 957 1341 3958

Password: 2VU5FN!

 

  • We will celebrate 1st Holy Communion with the children whose families have chosen to do so at this time on June 14th at 12:15 PM. The Mass will be livestreamed and recorded for those who wish to watch it online as only the children and their families are invited to attend that Mass. Please use the link below to livestream the Mass. Please also keep all our 1st Communicants in prayer as they prepare to approach this central sacrament of our faith.

 

Password: 2VU5FN!

 

  • Sadly, nursing homes, senior living communities, and hospitals are still prohibiting visits to residents and patients, even by clergy, except in hospice situations. However, the bishop has permitted priests and deacons to resume visits to the homebound. If you are unable or choose not to return to Mass at this time for health reasons and would like to receive Holy Communion, please call the parish (825-4439) to schedule an appointment.

That’s all the news for now. Thank you again for your patience and understanding. Keep praying for each other and for healing for our country, from COVID-19 and from all violence and division. God bless, and please let me know if I can be of help to you in any way.

Peace,

Fr. Marc

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