Christ The King Parish

The Pastor’s Pen

 

July 19, 2020, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Stewardship: Stewardship is the sacred responsibility to do our part to care for the community of faith with which we are affiliated especially its property, its programs, the support of its personnel, We are invited to provide from our store of time, talent and treasure to sustain and improve or parish to the best of our ability. Again, all who have been faithfully contributing to the parish even during the shutdown brought about by this pandemic during the slow and cautious reopening, are to be commended for their faithful stewardship.

Garden Ministry: There is a group whose stewardship is now on full display as nature is now in its summer fullness, and that is the Garden Ministry. A group of parishioners who like to plant and who don’t mind weeding and watering and getting their hands (and knees) in the soil has been working hard since Spring first arrived to tend to the gardens and plant pots around the property. As we look around and see so much beauty blooming throughout the parish grounds and the weeds so steadily uprooted we must all be grateful to Janet and Rick Trask who organize this ministry and to Rita Bernier, Beth and Bill Burney, Patrice LeBlanc, Frances Madden, Joy, and Nick Matas, Francine and Joe McGrath, Diane and David Pierce, and Mary Schmidt who volunteer so generously to pitch in to help them. Surely this work is a labor of love and that, more than horticultural certificates or expertise, is what is required of anyone who would want to join them in keeping up and improving the parish grounds.

Annual Catholic Appeal: As Catholics, we should often remind ourselves that we are connected with something much bigger than our own parish, but rather are part of a universal church established upon the rock of St. Peter’s confession of faith and shepherded by his successor from the See of Rome. It is a worldwide church that is organized into cells of local churches called dioceses each headed by a bishop who is in communion with the Bishop of Rome and thereby assures us that our local church along with the whole church is authentically Apostolic. In a very important way, we are reminded of this truth each year as our bishop asks our participation in the Annual Catholic Appeal which invites us to do our part as good stewards of the apostolates, ministries, and charities of the local church of which our parish community is a part which is the Diocese of Fall River. To date, 210 households of our parish have made a pledge or donation to this year’s appeal and while we must all be grateful for those who have done so, yet that number represents only about a tenth of the households that are registered as members of Christ the King Parish. In the midst of the present circumstances during this pandemic it is understandable that not all households would be in a position to contribute, but those who do find themselves with the resources to help, are asked to so as generously as possible before the Annual Catholic appeal ends on July 31st. Materials for the Catholic Appeal have been mailed to all on our parish list and are also available on-line or through the parish office.

In Communion: Jesus Christ made a solemn promise to remain with His followers always, even to the end of the ages, and He has provided a means for us to remain in Him as He taught we must if we are to enjoy the salvation He has won for humanity by His suffering, death, and resurrection. All of this is accomplished through the Eucharist which He has left to His church before His departure as the way for us to be and remain in communion with Him, and He to be present and living within us. During this pandemic, our communion had been disrupted by the mandatory shutdown of the churches, and even now when these are reopening it is under restrictions that we do not allow all regular communicants to be accommodated at Masses. It is for this reason that communion is offered outside of Mass each Sunday afternoon at Christ the King from 3 PM to 5 PM. This allows those not yet comfortable with the risk of sitting in the church among a group of people during Mass to come at a time when fewer people will be present in order to receive what is in our Catholic understanding not a nicety but a necessity to our spiritual life and health. So all who are connecting with Mass through live stream re encouraged to deepen that connection more profoundly by receiving communion on Sunday afternoons.


July 12, 2020, Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Annual Catholic Appeal:  Our bishop asks our help once each year to enable the diocese to continue to conduct a whole host of apostolates and ministries in this region of the State which provide education, catechesis, counsel, assistance, shelter, and charity to many as is our sacred duty as the Catholic people of Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and the Islands.  Thus far, 194 households of our parish have pledged or donated $47, 995 to the Appeal.   It is hoped that every household would pledge or contribute something for this appeal before it concludes on July 30th  and that none would excuse themselves lightly from participating as this is one very concrete way that cooperating together with our bishop we reveal ourselves to be the church in this corner of the Lord’s vineyard.  

Sacraments of Initiation:  Given the many restrictions imposed in mid-March to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Sacraments of Initiation, in particular Confirmation and  Eucharist, which are ideally celebrated in the parish during the Season of Easter, had to be postponed.   At this time, the parish will begin celebrating those sacraments starting with Frist Communions which will take place at special Masses scheduled at 12:30 PM on three consecutive Sundays beginning this weekend.   We are grateful to Mrs. Laird and all the Catechists who assist in our Faith Formation Program to help to prepare our young people to come to the altar to receive the Bread of Life for the first time.   Yet while these dedicated catechists do the larger share of the preparation, it is the whole Community of Faith that shares in this responsibility of forming the newest Christians in the practice of the Faith.  While the cautions necessary in the present pandemic do would not allow a general invitation to be given to all parishioners to participate in the actual First Communion Masses this year, still, spiritual solidarity is in order which can be expressed in prayer and in a good example.   So please pray for the young people receiving Holy Communion for the first time and may our own reverence for this sacrament of sacraments, the Church’s greatest treasure, our deep longing to receive it and our effort to faithfully do so, contribute to the creation of an authentic  Catholic Christian Culture in our parish that helps to form the younger generation in a fuller understanding and proper practice of the faith! 

 

Congratulations to the young members of our parish receiving Holy Communion for the first time this Sunday.  Let us pray that this is the first of a lifetime of receiving communion on Sundays!

 

Stewardship:  As a result of the pandemic which continues unabated many members of our parish are still not yet comfortable coming out to Mass on weekends and are still joining in our worship on weekends and weekdays through the LIVE STREAM.  With a limited number of people able to be present in the church, and the prohibition against passing the collection plate during Mass, there is the real potential to become financially strapped as a parish should this continue indefinitely.  That is, except for the encouraging response from members of the parish who continue to be faithful in their support.   Each day the mail brings contributions and others come through the mail slot in the door of the parish office, and then there are those placed in the baskets at the entrances of the church.  Many parishioners have discovered the possibility of giving online through our website and are doing so on a regular basis.  We must all be very grateful to those who take their responsibilities to be good stewards of the parish so very seriously and have been moved to faithful generosity; let us pray that they will be blessed in turn by God who is never outdone in generosity!  


July 5, 2020, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Let Freedom Ring: As we come to the annual celebration of the birth of our country with the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, it is good to reflect on the blessings that we enjoy as a nation. For 244 years now we have existed as a beacon of freedom for all people of the world to see; a beacon that has attracted many to this land and consequently this nation has been greatly enriched by the diversity in peoples and cultures that have resulted. While our country is not always tension-free, still the harmony that can exist among us at most times even with our many differences is an example for people of other nations and cultures to imitate. In these days of turmoil and unrest following the unjust killing of George Floyd, we have witnessed protests and demonstrations the likes of which we have not seen since the mid to late ’60s. These may at times be upsetting to us when at some to these mostly peaceful protests anger has escalated to violence or revenge to looting, or excessive measures seem to have been used by military or law enforcement to control crowds. Yet may our understandable concern at excess on either side of the protest line not cause us to forget that it is our fundamental right to demonstrate when we wish to make our voices heard on matters that affect some or all of us and appreciate that this is a great blessing not enjoyed in every country. Much of what we are seeing in these most recent days are signs of our growing pains for at not quite two and a half centuries of existence the United States is still a relatively young nation and we have not yet found ways to make all of our high ideals a lived reality for all people to fully enjoy, and so the effort to do so, sometimes a struggle, must still go on. Yet we as people of faith have much to add to this dialogue and effort, for as those who respect the truth that comes from the highest authority, which is not the nation’s courts or congress or chief executive, but God, we know that there are limits to freedom that must be acknowledged and which should be respected. So, while at times there are those who say we should practice our faith in private and remain silent in the public square, that was not the idea of those who first established this nation. The founders of this nation took care not to establish any one religion as that of the nation but to allow the free exercise of all legitimate religions. In this way, religious values and points of view are encouraged to exert influence on the culture of this nation and the workings of its government. So let us practice our faith freely and raise our voices clearly when we have something to add to the discussion or debate, and as we do, let us count the blessings that we enjoy because we live in a free and democratic republic. A safe and Happy Independence Day Weekend is wished to all our parishioners and our visitors.

The Catholic Appeal: Formerly known as the Catholic Charities Appeal, this is an annual stewardship collection that supports the good works of the church throughout the Diocese of Fall River. The collection is now underway and will conclude at the end of this month of July. As the Catholic people of Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and the Islands we are called to evangelize, to catechize, to educate, to form our future clergy, and to provide for our elderly clergy, to tend many who are in need in a whole host of ways. Among the many good works that depend upon the funds raised by this appeal is the St. Joseph Homeless Shelter in Hyannis, as well as St. Clare’s Residence, a transitional program for women recently released from prison, and the Offices of Pastoral Care to the Sick at both Cape Cod and Falmouth Hospitals. Surely these and so many more ongoing efforts deserve our generous support, so all households of the parish are asked to give a generous gift or pledge to this year’s appeal. If you did not receive materials for the Appeal in the mail, please contact the parish office and these will be provided to you.


June 28, 2020, Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL – SUPPORTING THE APOSTOLIC, PASTORAL, CATECHETICAL, SOCIAL AND CHARITABLE WORKS OF THE CHURCH IN THE DIOCESE OF FALL RIVER – PLEASE PLEDGE OR DONATE BEFORE JULY 31St

Fr. Dariusz Kalinowski: On March 16th as the parish was in many ways closing down, Fr. Darius arrived here at Christ the King, therefore, he did not ever get to celebrate a Mass with a congregation in the church until the weekend of May 31st. However, those tuning in to the Live Stream did have the opportunity to participate at Masses at which he was the celebrant and so did come to at least be acquainted with him in some way. In contrast, locked down with him in the rectory for the past three months, Seminarian Christ Hughes and Fr. Healey have gotten to know him rather well and to enjoy his good humor, his generous and helpful spirit, his creative cooking skills and his willingness to be the first to step forward to scrub pots and pans! As his time here was from the beginning intended only as a time of transition, Fr. Dariusz will begin a new assignment this week primarily serving the Diocesan Tribunal and having residence at Santo Christo Parish in Fall River. Please give thanks to God and to Fr. Dariusz for his brief but much appreciated service here at Christ the King during a very unusual time and pray for him as he takes up his new assignment in Fall River.

The Broad Brush: There are routine days in our lives that cannot be recalled but then there are other days that cannot ever be forgotten. Thankfully, most of those memorable days are joyful occasions, but not all, and the happenings on some days can leave wounds that are long in healing. One rather painful and thus unforgettable day in my 33 years of priesthood occurred when I was rector at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fall River. Following the renovation of the Cathedral Church a ramp to allow wheelchair access to the parish office was added yet, not long after its completion, it became quite attractive to skateboarders from the local neighborhood. This may have been more a nuisance than a problem except that some of the older and more daring of the skaters not only enjoyed a ride down the ramp but had begun to do jumps down an adjacent set of steep granite steps. Being alerted by the parish secretary that this was in fact happening one day, I went out to ask the offenders to stop as what they were doing was obviously quite dangerous. I would not repeat what they first suggested I do, but then the spokesman added that I should return to molesting the kids I had tied up in the basement! Of course, after relentless media coverage in 2001 and 2002 of priests who had abused minors perhaps I shouldn’t have been as shocked or deeply insulted as I was at that moment, but never the less, I was deeply wounded by the young man’s offensive comments and the laughter these drew from his companions. I was wearing a Roman Collar and so therefore in their eyes, I must be as guilty of abusing minors. This is the injustice of the “Broad Brush” when the real and serious crimes of a few are assumed to the usual conduct of the many; this is clearly what happened to priests in 2001 – 2002, and again in 2018-2019. In those times of widespread media attention to the serious misdeeds of 4% of priests across the past 50 years, the good works of the 96% were seemingly obliterated. Since then anyone wearing a Roman Collar is likely to be under suspicion and that to which they have dedicated their lives at no small personal sacrificed is readily but unjustly demeaned by many.
Having had this experience along with my brother priests of all of us having been tainted by the misdeeds of some of us, then perhaps it may be easier to understand my great sympathy at this time for those wearing a police uniform. Yes, sadly, some police officers have abused their power to an extreme and the epitome of this has been seen most recently in the unjust killing of George Floyd and others. However, in our righteous anger over such injustice let us be careful not to fall into injustice ourselves. Indeed, let us be very careful not to use the corruption or crimes of a few to paint all police officers with a broad brush because in truth most are striving to do their very best to “serve and protect” and often at great risk to their own lives.

That the clergy needed ongoing reform is a hard-learned lesson of the recent abuse scandals, and that should also be a lesson from the recent incidents of brutality among law enforcement officers too, and in fact among any office or profession entrusted with authority over others as well. But using broad brushes to paint whole professions in a negative light because of the wrongs done by a few, and then pushing pendulums past reasonable calls for reform to demands for elimination does a great disservice to both truth and justice!


June 21, 2020, Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A Blessed Father’s Day: All Fathers, Grandfathers, Stepfathers, God-Fathers, and Second Fathers are prayerfully wished a very Happy Father’s Day, on which they receive the great blessing that comes when they know that their many sacrifices for their families are remembered and deeply appreciated!

The “New Normal” and the (Old ) New Law of Love: As we continue to adjust to the “new normal” when we join together for worship, there are adaptations that must continue to be made as we move along in what has certainly been novel and challenging circumstances. The next protective screen to be installed after obtaining the portable booths for distribution of Communion and installing the plexiglass partition that now divides the Reconciliation Room, is a screen in front of the Cantor at Mass. This is necessary as the Cantor must sing more forcefully than the congregation or the clergy and thus places the keyboardist at possible risk. Again, we are grateful to our sexton, Dwight Giddings, for acquiring the necessary set up and planning its installation. Some critical remarks that have been heard since our adaptations include that some do not appreciate receiving communion from an” ATM Machine”. According to the regulations we have received from the Diocese of Fall River for reopening, the other choice for the protection of clergy and communicant is for the clergy to use a face shield. Thus, our basic choice is for the minister of communion to either resemble a welder or a teller, there isn’t much else possible if one is true to the guidelines. The lesser of undesirable options have been chosen, in that the priest or minister of communion can freely move from the sanctuary to the head of the aisle without having to pause to put on PPE and then be able to look eye to eye with the communicant to present the sacred host with some measure of the dignity that is required in that sacramental encounter. Another question frequently asked is why the ministers in the sanctuary are not wearing masks; while required to distance as much as is possible, the Diocesan guidelines for reopening churches state that those in the sanctuary are not to wear masks during the liturgy. The use of The Apostle’s Creed in the Sunday Mass has also been questioned but this is for the purpose of brevity because it is in the best interest of all that the Mass remain as brief as possible as means of less exposure time to air in which virus particles may be present and sufficient time between Masses to sanitize the pew rails. In these unusual circumstances the normalcy that we long for in terms of what we are accustomed to seeing and doing at Mass is not now possible, let us pray that it will eventually return, so what is most needed in the meantime is patience, understanding and above all charity!

Prayer for Understanding, Compassion, Justice, and Peace:

On last Sunday, Bishop da Cunha invited clergy and religious leaders from throughout Southeastern Massachusetts to join in a prayer service for peace and justice in the face of the unrest that has resulted from the unnecessary death of George Floyd. Participating in the service was Rabbi Raphael Kanter from the Tifereth Israel Congregation in New Bedford who composed and shared the following prayer:

I don’t know what it feels like to be a black man or woman in America.
I don’t know what it feels like to be judged by the color of my skin.
I don’t know what it feels like to wear a hoodie and be considered a menace.
I don’t know what it feels like to go for a jog and fear someone may think I am a threat.
I don’t know what it feels like to be pulled over by Police and worry I may be shot.
I don’t know what it feels like to teach my 16-year-old son how to be pulled over for being a person of color.
I don’t know what it feels like to have someone threaten to call the authorities and specify my race with the expectation that I will be harmed.
I don’t know what it feels like to experience police officers as a threat to my existence.
I don’t know what it feels like to suffer centuries-old racism embedded in so much of America.
I don’t know what it feels like to live in fear each day because of the color of my skin.
I don’t know what it feels like to not be able to breathe, like George Floyd.

Here is what I do know; that we must remember today and every day that every human being is created in the image of God and is of infinite value. White prejudice and racism is a lifelong fight that must be eradicated from each and every one of us. God, as we condemn the murder of George Floyd we know with your presence guiding us, we can build a world, and a country, in which the dignity of People of Color is affirmed and cherished.

The modern-day Jewish Prophet Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, taught: “There is an evil which most of us condone and are even guilty of: indifference to evil. We remain neutral, impartial, and not easily moved by the wrongs done to other people. Indifference to evil is more insidious than evil itself; it is more universal, more contagious, more dangerous.” We hear your word in his words and they must enter our heart that we must not remain neutral and impartial in the face of the continued devaluation of black bodies and acknowledge the evil that lives among us that would allow a policeman to believe that this murder would be condoned. We can do this if we truly sense your presence. Alohaynu Velohai Avoteynu, Our God, and God of our Ancestors give us a new heart, a heart that turns to your truth, a heart filled with peace and justice. If we truly walk in your paths then the right of protestors to free speech will be unimpeded and every citizen will raise their voice in protest until we see changes and policies that show that Black Lives Do Matter. We pray now for the day when the words of the psalmist become a reality:

“How good and how pleasant it is when brothers and sisters dwell together in unity.” Amen


June 14, 2020, Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

Feast and Famine: As we observe the annual Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, we join with our fellow believers throughout the world to reaffirm the centrality of the Eucharist – its celebration and its reception – to a faith that is authentically Catholic. The Eucharist is the Church’s greatest treasure for it is the true presence and the very life of Christ in our midst and available to us as food. Food is necessary to sustain life, and so too the Eucharist, it is not simply something nice to receive now and then, but rather absolutely necessary if we are to be properly strengthened for our growth in the Christian faith and life.

In the Sixth Chapter of St. John’s Gospel, sometimes called the Bread of Life Discourse, It is Jesus himself who says “unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood, you shall not have life within you; whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood will live forever”. So while Christianity in the West became divided over the truth and meaning of the Eucharist after the Reformation of the 16th Century, the Roman Catholic Church, along with the traditional Christian Churches of the East have never wavered in the belief that in this the sacrament of all sacraments – Christ truly dwells most fully among and within his people.

For the most part, the Eucharist is available to us at this time and in this place, but that is not always the case everywhere in the world; In fact, in some places, Mass is seldom celebrated nor the Eucharist available on any regular or predictable basis. Over the past twelve weeks, many among us have known something of that experience as the churches have been shut down due the present pandemic and so communion has been unavailable to us. The challenge with such a situation is that after so long without it some may get the mistaken impression that this sacrament is nice but not necessary. If we are to cooperate with Christ in saving in his desire to save us and the world, then we need to invite him to dwell within us. Look around and observe the turmoil and confusion in a world where on any given Sunday only a minority of persons is celebrating and receiving the Eucharist; the sacramentally deprived are void of growth in many of the virtues that, in practice, could make the world like heaven on earth and so not surprisingly at times it can seem like quite the opposite.

We are invited to a feast at which divine life is being offered to us, unfortunately, we have recently experienced a famine of sorts, but let us be clear that this is as undesirable as it is for us unusual. Today let us give thanks to God for the wisdom of giving us as food and drink a share in His very life which is essential to our temporal and eternal health and wellbeing. So today let us rediscover our great hunger for the Bread of Life and if we have not yet already done so, return to that table from which it is confected and receive it with the reverence. joy, and gratitude that is suitable to so great a gift with such wonderful effects and such enduring benefits.

Catholic Appeal: Gratitude is due to those households who have already made a pledge or given a donation to the annual Catholic Appeal. So may apostolates, ministries, programs, and charities throughout our Diocese depend upon the funds raised by this appeal such that it merits our most generous response. The Appeal runs now through July 31st, please pledge or give before the end of July at the time when is most convenient for you to do so.

Reopening:
We are adapting to the challenges of reopening in the midst of a pandemic and all are to be commended for their patience and cooperation with the changes we must endure at this time in order to prevent an outbreak of infections by the Corona Virus which could be traceable to gatherings in church. Our ushers are doing extra duty to assure that hands are sanitized, masks are worn, and safe distances are maintained in the seating arrangement. As the pew rails must be sanitized after all Masses it is impractical to permit seating all over the church as time is of the essence in completing the necessary cleaning between most of the Masses. We thank those who remain afterward to help with the sanitizing, and we ask the continued understanding and patience as you are directed where to sit at Mass by an usher. Some have asked why those in the sanctuary do not wear masks and the answer is that this is in accord with the guidelines given to us by the Bishop’s Office but that is why the number of ministers in the sanctuary is limited and a shield is prescribed when communion is distributed.

At this time we have completed some necessary adaptations to the Reconciliation Room so Confessions may resume there on Saturday afternoons from 2:45 to 3:30 PM and no appointment is necessary. At this time, the parish office has reopened but other than Masses no other regular meetings or church activities are permitted until further notice. Please continue to call to reserve a place at Mass as our maximum capacity is now limited to 120 people per Mass.

While the 4 PM, the 8:30 AM, and the 10:30 AM Masses are inching toward the limit, there is much more room at the 7:00 AM and the 5:30 PM Mass on Sundays. Daily Mass is held at 8:30 AM on weekdays and on the First Saturday of the Month, but reservations are not required in advance to participate on weekdays.


June 7, 2020, The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL – JUNE 1ST TO JULY 31ST 2020
SUPPORTING THE CHARITABLE, EDUCATIONAL, PASTORAL, AND APOSTOLIC WORKS OF THE CHURCH THROUGHOUT THE DIOCESE OF FALL RIVER

BLACK AND BLUE: Over recent days there has been much unrest in reaction to the very disturbing video of the arrest and unnecessary death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of several police officers. While the peaceful protest is certainly understandable and could be constructive in calling our nation to a much-needed soul searching to root out racism in whatever form and in whatever segment of our society; violence and vandalism end up hurting the cause no matter how righteous. Two wrongs do not ever make a right, and businesses and even religious buildings which have nothing whatsoever to do with the original injustice perpetrated against Mr. Floyd or anyone else are in turn unjustly targeted for looting, burning, and vandalism. All the while it is never just nor the right to paint with a broad brush because not all officers of the law are guilty of racism and wrongdoing, in fact, many in the ranks of law enforcement are people of color themselves, and the majority of police officers regardless of their race are placing themselves in harm’s way every day to do the best possible job of protecting and serving all of us. We need to pause and refocus on the truth that Black lives do matter, as do Blue lives because all lives are precious, and all lives must be respected and protected regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, social or economic status. This is the truth that our Church has rightly and consistently taught and must continue to do so in the midst of the present turmoil. So let us peacefully pray and call for justice for George Floyd, but also for the majority of Law Enforcement officers who serve nobly as they risk their lives for our safety each day.

THE NEW NORMAL: Over the past weekend some 235 parishioners returned to the public celebration of Mass in our parish and over 100 others came to receive Holy Communion between the hours of 3PM and 5PM. We are grateful to the ushers who helped guide those in attendance to maintain proper distances in seating and in the Communion procession and especially to all who helped sanitize pews between the Masses. All are reminded that because of the limited number of people (120) who can be safely accommodated in the Church at any time, reservations are needed to attend Mass and may be made by going on-line to the parish website or by calling the office beginning on Mondays at 10AM and ending on Fridays at 1:00PM. The Sunday Mass schedule at this time of year includes the Saturday vigil at 4PM, Sundays at 7AM. 8:30AM, 10:30 AM and 5:30 PM. Daily Mass is celebrated Monday through Friday at 8:30AM and also on the First Saturday; reservations are not required to attend daily Mass.

ADAPTATIONS: To protect all who come to Church at this time we are cleaning the air in the church on a regular basis with two large-capacity ozone generators when the Church is empty. This week antimicrobial tape has been installed on the pew rails and in addition to providing some additional protect it will also preserve the finish on the pews. We have acquired the plexiglass booths that protect the minister and the communicant when distributing the Eucharist, and soon there will be a similar shield surrounding the cantor at Mass. Within a week we will have placed a plexiglass divider in each of the confessionals so that confessions may resume there as before either anonymously or face to face; until then, confessions are heard in the conference room of the Parish Office by appointment between 1PM and 3PM each Saturday, or by appointment at other times. In total we have spent over $7000 to make these necessary adaptations and again we are grateful to the Knights of Columbus for their donation of $2000 which was used to pay for the ozonators used in the Church and the plexiglass shield that enables us to reopen the parish office. If anyone else would like to be generous in helping to defray these additional costs in adapting the Church for its safe reopening, your donations will be gratefully accepted.

THE CATHOLIC APPEAL: All households of the parish are asked to consider making a pledge or giving a donation to the Annual Catholic Appeal which supports so many pastoral endeavors undertaken in our name by the local Church which is the Diocese of Fall River. Let us show Bishop da Cunha our support by generously assisting him to continue funding the good works that must be done by the Church in response to the needs of the Church itself as well as those of the poor. Here on Cape Cod the Appeal finds the chaplaincies at Cape Cod and Falmouth Hospitals, as well as the St. Joseph Shelter for the Homeless and the St Claire Residence for women transitioning back to society after being incarcerated; certainly these apostolic works are worthy of our support. All registered households should have received the material for this appeal in the mail already, if not, please inform the parish office.