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:
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: