May 20, 202005/18/2021
May 20, 2020
Dear Fellow St. Boniface Parishioners,
I hope that all of you and your families are doing well, or at least as well as can be expected in these strange days. Unfortunately, I have nothing new to report on the public Mass front yet. The Bishop is meeting with the Priest Council this week, so I hope he will release his plan for moving forward soon. I will keep you posted as soon as I know anything for sure. Until then, we continue to offer as many ways as we can to keep in contact with God, our church, and our neighbors.
SUNDAY MASS - Public Masses remain canceled at this time. We continue to livestream and record Sunday Masses at 9:00 AM. I apologize for the audio/video issues some have reported experiencing. Thank you for your patience as we continue to work the bugs out, and thank you to Tara, Mike, and Gene, who are working hard on the problem. To join us live, please use the link in your recent parish email.
ASCENSION THURSDAY – This Thursday, May 21, is the feast of the Ascension of the Lord, and a holy day of obligation (though the obligation to attend Mass remains suspended). We will livestream and record Mass at 6:15 PM. To join us live, please use the link in your recent parish email.
MASS HYMNS – The hymns for Masses will be as follows:
GATHERING – Hail the day that Sees Him Rise
OFFERTORY – We Walk by Faith
COMMUNION – Bread of Angels
RESCESSIONAL – Crown Him with Many Crowns
GATHERING – I Know that My Redeemer Lives
OFFERTORY – The Lord Is My Light
COMMUNION – Be Not Afraid
RESCESSIONAL – City of God
EUCHARISTIC HOLY HOUR – The Bishop has permitted public adoration of the Eucharist to resume. We will hold our monthly holy hour Thursday, May 28, from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. Come when you can, leave when you must. Hope to see you there!
CONFESSION – The Bishop has also permitted regularly scheduled confessions to resume. Confessions at St. Boniface are Saturdays at 4:15 PM or by personal appointment.
OFFICE HOURS – The parish office is open for walk-in business 9:00 – 11:00 AM, Monday – Friday, until further notice. Anyone entering the church or church office is required to wear a face mask and to maintain necessary social distancing. Other parish business can be conducted via phone (825-4439) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you again for your patience and cooperation.
MARIAN SHRINE – Thank you to Jeannie Wise and her crew for setting up a beautiful Marian shrine in the gathering space for the Marian month of May. If you stop in the church to pray, please include a prayer or two at the shrine. Also, if you raise flowers at home and would like to add to the shrine’s beauty by adding some flowers, please feel free to do so.
PRIESTLY ORDINATION – Despite the current crisis, we have some good news in that Bishop Persico will ordain two men to the priesthood for our diocese Friday, May 29, at 7:00 PM, one of whom is a local boy many of you know, Joe Petrone. While attendance of the Mass is limited to family and a few guests, you can watch the ordination live on the diocesan website www.eriercd.org. Please keep Joe and his classmate, Kevin Holland, in prayer as they begin their priestly ministry.
FAITH FORMATION – We continue to post new, original videos on our website, YouTube, and Facebook pages. Please keep checking for new videos and keep growing in your faith. A special note to the families of our First Holy Communion class to please check your email for updates and resources from Mrs. Yaple and Mrs. Srnka regarding the retreat, rehearsal, and First Communion celebration.
That’s it for now, folks. Again, I hope to have better news for you soon regarding public Masses. Meanwhile, let’s keep each other in prayer and please let me know if I can help you in any way.