October 25, 2020
Dear People of St. Patrick Parish,
Because of covid-19 we are not to sing, but if we did we would sing the Gospel Acclamation from the Gospel of John “Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord, and my Father will love him and we will come to him.”
In the Gospel of Matthew today, Jesus tells us the greatest commandment is “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Next Sunday, we will celebrate All Saints Day. Who are the Saints? The Saints are those who hold sacred these two Great Commands, they did not separate one from the other.
Do you want to be a Saint? Well, believe and follow the Great Commandments that Jesus has given us. Yes, sometimes we forget or go a different way but our Father and His Son Jesus are always willing and waiting to forgive us if we ask.
On Monday, November 2, we pray for all the Souls who have died and we especially pray for people who might be in purgatory waiting to go to heaven, but no one is praying for them. Let us show our love by praying for them.
The Sign of Peace: The revised changes for protocol at Mass of October 1, 2020 at the sign of peace, the deacon or priest should omit “Let us offer each other the sign of peace” which is already optional. The Agnus Dei should begin immediately to avoid the temptation to shake hands or hug. A
reverent bow will be encouraged.
Also, it is not wise to hold hands at the Lord’s Prayer due to the virus. Please remember that we are only allowed to have 100 people in the church for Mass.
Please do not register to come to Mass and then not show up, unless you are sick.
As your Pastor, I am proud of all the parishioners helping to make Mass attendance possible.
Fr. Larry Young
Pastor of St. Patrick Church