Pope Grants Special Indulgences
As Vicar of Christ and the Holy Father, Pope Francis, on March 20, 2020, promulgated through the Apostolic Penitentiary a decree which provides for the faithful to gain a plenary indulgence as the world faces the coronavirus pandemic.The bishop shares with you the following document of the Diocesan Director of Liturgy for your awareness and implementation. Click here for document
Recap of suspensions and dispensations in effect:
Suspension of Sunday and Weekday Mass
Allpublic Masses are suspended in the churches and chapels of the Diocese of St. Augustine until further notice (i.e., no weekday or Sunday public Masses, no communion services, or Masses in homes).
Priests will still offer the Sacrifice of the Mass daily (but without participation by the faithful) for the needs of the Church and the world, especially as we face the present realities of the pandemic.
Dispensation from Sunday Mass
By his authority as the diocesan bishop to dispense from universal ecclesiastical laws, Bishop Estévez has indefinitely dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass three categories of people for as long as the specific condition below continues:
All who are sick and those who are caring for them
Those who because of age or infirmity are at higher risk for contracting the coronavirus
Those who have been exposed to the coronavirus because of travel or other circumstances
And to further protect public health and calm fears, Bishop Estévez has also dispensed all the Catholic faithful from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until the suspension of Mass is rescinded.
Dispensation from Lenten obligation to abstain from meat on Fridays
By his authority as the diocesan bishop to dispense from universal ecclesiastical laws, Bishop Estévez has dispensed all Catholics from the prohibition during Lent this year to abstain from meat on Fridays.
When families and individuals take advantage of this dispensation, they are asked to consider other acts of penance or charity that they might carry out in its place.
Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens urged the faithful to abide by the self-protection measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and sent a special message to healthcare professionals battling at the hospitals, and to the researchers looking for a treatment.
“Our Church is next to you. With you, by your side. She loves all of you and prays for you all”.
We, all the faithful, can turn our homes into churches and pray, uniting our hearts by asking for the immense grace and mercy of God on mankind. Let us feel today, and every day, how we stand together praying; for everyone, patients and doctors; for all of us who have been deprived of the communion of the saints in the Eucharistic Community. Let’s shed tears before our loving and caring God.
Let us “turn every house into a small church”. Because we love God even when we cannot meet Him in His house. Because we love our neighbor. God is everywhere. We meet him everywhere with our prayer.
So, I speak to you as your spiritual father and please keep that in mind. Soon every ordeal will pass. We act responsibly because we love, not because fear knocks at our door. We are looking forward, praying, to Easter. It will come! It won’t be long. And then the whole Creation will shine in the light of Resurrection, joy, hope. Take courage, my dear children! The Lord is with you.” (The above reflection is taken from the Archbishop’s message)
Dear friends, please be encouraged. Please pray for me and I am praying for you everyday at my private Masses at St. Paul’s. Also, I am trying to reach out to you personally over the phone these days. Let us be connected and pray for each other during this difficult time. Thinking of you and praying for you.
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign
of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself,
and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test
– and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
St Paul’s Family,
We have completed our Kitchen Renovation project
which has been on the church list of improvement
projects for several years. Our objective is to build a
commercial certified kitchen that will better serve
our school and parish for various functions including
hall rental for weddings and private events.
One of the opportunities available is for generous donors to continue supporting this project financially by making a contribution in the second collection.
May God continue to Bless all of us here at St Paul’s!
Please share with friends and family!
Our St Paul’s Catholic School in NOW enrolling students PreK-3 to 8th Grade. We accept Step Up for Students, McKay and Gardiner Scholarships!
Please stop by the school office during the day and we will be delighted to take you on a tour of our facility.
A MATTER OF TIME?
I told myself I didn’t have time
to stop along the way
And visit The Blessed Sacrament
perhaps I’d stop some day.
And then one day I finally stopped
my conscience to appease
I found some time to spend with Him
and thought that He’d be pleased
But as I prayed, The Lord said” Child
it hurts to be ignored
your tepid faith has pierced My Heart
much deeper than the sword”
“You treat Me with indifference
and wound My Heart a new
“But I took the time to die
“upon The Cross for you”
Although He’d waited patiently
I passed on by each day
And now I saw how wrong I was
how selfish were my ways.
My eyes were filled with tears
how could I be so blind?
To stop and visit Him was more
than just a matter of time.