Friday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time

Greetings Dear STA Parishioners and Special Friends:

Today is Friday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time, and, as usual we don’t have a Liturgy of the Word on Fridays, but we do have a reflection and it is up and running on our STA Facebook page.

Here is the link to the readings for today on the USCCB website:  Click Here for Today's Readings

It is perfectly appropriate, especially with the news coming below in this email, that we turn in prayer to The Sacred Heart of Jesus.  We should all pray that He will step in and bring healing to this world at this time.

Now, to a couple bits of sad news.  (This email is coming out a lot later than usual because I needed to wait for confirmation  regarding the second item below.)

BREAKING SAD NEWS TO REPORT

First of all, I am sad to report that long-time parishioner and former (she just left a couple of months ago) employee here at St. Thomas – Dianne Dozier-passed away yesterday.  We buried her husband, David, on Tuesday of this week, but she was not able to attend the funeral because she had contracted double pneumonia.  Please pray for the Dozier family during this tough time.

Her funeral…as was David’s…will be a small family gathering next week.

Secondly, I am so sorry to report that…given the report today that there were nearly 1,100 new Covid-19 cases reported yesterday…we have, after much prayer and research…decided to cancel Sunday Masses for the next three Sundays beginning this Sunday. 

We want to be part of the solution for this horrible affliction in our world and we want to protect your health.

Our live-stream Mass…available on our STA Facebook page…will be at 10:30. I expect to have a Worship Aid for you tomorrow and I will include it in tomorrow’s email.

Some good news is that Weekday Masses will continue, but the maximum limit will only be 25 people.  So, go ahead and go to our website to sign up for one of the weekday Masses.

Also, confessions will continue at the regularly scheduled times.  Please check the website as well for those times.

Here is the Link for Mass and Confession Times and SignUps

So, I hope you are able to have a good celebration (at home, hopefully) with your family for the 4th of July tomorrow.  The limited outdoor fireworks displays will be weird, but so is everything else these days.

Blessings to all.  And, please stay safe.

Your servant in Christ,

Deacon Ken