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Pastor's Message (Revised 6-12-20)
Archbishop Jose Gomez recently gave his permission for the public celebration of liturgies in Catholic churches of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in June. There are many serious requirements to make this as safe as possible for worshippers. At this point, OLA has submitted our plan for re-opening to Bishop David O’Connell, and he has approved public Masses in our church beginning the weekend of June 13-14.
Truly, there are no words to describe the experience of the past ten weeks – the emotional shock and adjustment to social distancing, the mental strain to understand the global pandemic, the physical stress brought on by constant vigilance and cleaning, and the spiritual hunger for gathering as a community to worship in our church! Add to that the grief at so many losses – lives, jobs, businesses, financial security, educational settings, social gatherings and family celebrations, recreational pursuits, cultural events – and hugs!
The joy of returning to the Eucharist is shared by those who are physically present, and those who are spiritually presents and watching at home. we celebrate the promise of Jesus to be with us always in the Eucharist, and we celebrate our unity thorugh this great gift. The mystery of faith is that we become what we receive - Christ living in us today and through all eternity!
Fr. Charles Ramirez, Pastor
Expect some changes in the way we celebrate Mass:
- Reservations must be made to attend Mass Saturday at 4 p.m., and Sunday at 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 1 p.m. (Spanish) and 3 p.m. (Vietnamese). This allows us to limit the number of people in the church to 80. Sign-ups on our website will be ready Wednesday at noon for Masses on the following weekend. Or be notified via Flocknote with a sign up link. (The 4 p.m., 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Masses will be live-streamed also). GO TO RESERVATIONS.
- Every person must wear a mask! Children under two should probably be left at home; stay home if you have a respiratory problem and can’t wear a mask.
- Persons 65+ yrs. or with a medical condition are advised not to attend public services, says Archbishop Gomez who gives a dispensation to those who cannot attend in person.
- Everyone must clean their hands upon entering the church. Sanitizer will be provided.
- Each person or family unit will be required to maintain a six-foot social distance when seated in the pew or standing in the single-file Communion line.
- All points of contact in the church will be disinfected between services by staff.
- All Masses will be kept brief, and people will be asked to leave immediately to allow time for disinfecting the church. No socializing in groups outside the church is permitted.
Policy Updates from OLA Administration:
- The OLA office is OPEN daily. Weekday hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Weekend hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- The church will remain locked for visitation, but plans for public Masses on the weekend have been approved beginning June 13-14.(See message above.)
- Confession is now limited to appointment only at (909) 626-3596.
- All baptisms, weddings, and funerals are now available for scheduling through the parish office at (909) 626-3596.
- All in-person classes for Faith Formation are suspended. Instructions for work at home will be sent to families.Vacation Bible School will be offered online for free in August.
- You are welcome to mail or drop off your offertory envelopes at the parish office, or you may sign up for Online Giving: It's easy, convenient and safe.
Practicing good hygiene during the coronavirus pandemic:
Our parish and school administration is following the recommendations of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to help eliminate the spread of illness at this time. Here are some guidelines for everyone to do their part:
- Stay home when you are sick. Contact your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your travel. Please encourage parishioners, students, parents, staff and others to stay home if they are sick and be prepared to provide accommodations that allow for employees and students to stay home.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not readily available, Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Limit close contact, like kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
- Facemasks are most effective when used appropriately by health care workers and people who are sick.