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CO-VID-19 Update

OLA Mass live-streamed daily at 10am (followed by Holy Hour), Saturday at 4pm (English), Sunday at 11am (English), 1pm (Spanish) and 3pm (Vietnamese). Click the Lady Logo on the YouTube page for all recordings.
 

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Pastor's Message of May 31, 2020

Happy Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. We have great news!

This week, Archbishop Jose Gomez gave his permission for the public celebration of liturgies in Catholic churches of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles beginning in June. There are many serious  requirements to be met before this can be done. All pastors must submit their plan in writing for approval by the regional bishop. At this point, OLA is in the process of creating our plan and submitting it to Bishop David O’Connell. We anticipate that Masses may be celebrated in our church the weekend of June 6-7 – that is our goal – but we must wait for the bishop’s permission. So please, check our website or wait for the official announcement about mid-week.

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!

This week,  we celebrate the great gift of the Holy Spirit who is our Comforter and Advocate. We do not have to go it alone. We have the Holy Spirit, and we have each other.

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. Sign-ups on our website will be ready about mid-week for Masses on June 6-7. Or be notified via Flocknote with a sign up link. (The 9 a.m. Mass will be live-streamed, and a Mass at 11 a.m. will be non-public and live-streamed).
  • 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:

  1. The OLA office will remain OPEN with shortened hours daily from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays and weekends. 

  2. The church is locked, but plans for public Masses on the weekend are in progress and awaiting the bishop's approval for June.

  3. Confession is now limited to emergency needs for the Anointing of the Sick. NO telephone, electronic device, or "drive by" means may be used for confession. See Liturgical Guidelines below.

  4. All baptisms, weddings, and funerals are postponed. Grave-site services may be held. See liturgical guidelines below.

  5. All classes for Faith Formation and OLA School are cancelled. Instructions for work at home will be sent to families.

  6. 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 flu season

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.
 
Representatives from the Archdiocese are in communication with local health officials and are monitoring the situation. We will be in continued communication with you as this matter progresses in order to provide you with the most up-to-date and accurate information and best practices. We will also post updated information and resources on the Archdiocese’s emergency preparedness webpage: lacatholics.org/emergency.