I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during these challenging times.
As I mentioned last week, our parish leadership has approved The Basilica’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. This plan has been posted to our website if you would like to read it. This plan will continue to be reviewed and adjusted as new information becomes available as the pandemic evolves.
I am grateful to Terri Ashmore, our Managing Director, our Staff Directors, Tom Paul and Kathy Noecker our Parish Trustees, and Dr. Deirdre Palmer, The Basilica Landmark’s representative to our Parish Council, for the time and effort they put into this document. Their work is a blessing for our parish. Additionally, our parish leadership approved a proposal to gradually reopen The Basilica for public worship.
When we reopen The Basilica for public worship, however, we will continue to livestream our various liturgies and services. The equipment we needed to livestream has arrived and will be installed within the next week or so. Once the equipment is installed, our staff will be trained to operate it.
Once this has happened, we will start to open The Basilica for daily Mass at Noon. We anticipate this will take place in mid-July. Within the next couple of weeks, I will give a progress report to our parish leadership in regard to how this is working.
Hopefully at that time, we can determine a timeline for reopening The Basilica on a limited basis for weekend Masses. Once we have reopened The Basilica for Sunday Mass, on one Sunday a month we will also celebrate the sacrament of baptism for infants, and the Sacrament of Confirmation for those adults who were a part of our R.C.I.A. program this past year. Later this summer we will also discuss how to celebrate First Communion and Confirmation with our elementary and high school students.
I realize these decisions may disappoint some, but in an abundance of caution and with a concern for the common good, as your pastor, I am convinced that at this time, this is the best way to proceed.
If you would like further information about this plan, or if you have questions or concerns, please contact me at the parish office or send me an email. My contact information is available on our parish website.
Finally, since next week leads into the 4th of July weekend, we won’t have our usual coffee and conversation on Wednesday morning. I also won’t be posting a message next week. Coffee and Conversation and a new message will be back the week of July 5th.
Almighty and eternal God,
our refuge in every danger,
to whom we turn in our distress;
in faith we pray
look with compassion on the afflicted,
grant eternal rest to the dead, comfort to mourners,
healing to the sick, peace to the dying,
strength to healthcare workers, wisdom to our leaders
and the courage to reach out to all in love,
so that together we may give glory to your holy name.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.
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