Please note that this year the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is Not a Holy Day of Obligation, as it falls on a Saturday. Unfortunately, the Saturday 5PM Mass on August 15th, will Not be Open to the Public as our RCIA Catechumens and Candidates will be entering the Church, or completing their Sacraments of Initiation.
Also, as I mentioned at Mass last Saturday, we will not have Confessions this Saturday and next, August 8th and 15th, due to scheduled weddings and funerals. Please see the schedules of the neighboring parishes, and the Shrine at Marytown has Confessions every day, Monday through Friday; please see their website for times.
This past Tuesday (August 4th), we celebrated Mass for some of our First Holy Communicants. We have two more First Holy Communion Masses next Tuesday and Thursday, August 11th and 13th. Please pray for our First Holy Communicants, that they will always have an intense desire to receive Jesus in so great a Sacrament.
I am continuing to arrange for Parking Lot Masses, working on the details. My hope is to begin regularly offering them on Sunday, August 30th, at 11AM, but please stay tuned. I am grateful for the help I have received from the Knights of Columbus!
Our Lady of Humility School plans to reopen on Wednesday, August 19th. I am excited, and I am convinced that it’s the right thing to do. Here is part of the Conclusion from a CDC Report: “The Importance of Reopening America’s Schools this Fall”; from their website: “The best available evidence from countries that have opened Schools indicates that COVID-19 poses low risks to school-aged children, at least in areas with low community transmission, and suggests that children are unlikely to be major drivers of the spread of the virus. Reopening Schools creates opportunity to invest in the education, well-being, and future of one of America’s greatest assets — our children — while taking every precaution to protect students, teachers, staff, and all of their families.” The same CDC Report also points out that: “Although relatively rare, flu-related deaths in children occur every year. From 2004–2005 to 2018–2019, flu-related deaths in children reported to CDC during regular flu seasons ranged from 37 to 187 deaths. During the H1N1 Pandemic (April 15, 2009 to October 2, 2010), 358 pediatric deaths were reported to CDC. So far in this Pandemic, deaths of children are less than each of the last five flu seasons, with only 64.” Please know that the OLH School Principal and I are implementing the many protocols mandated by the Archdiocese of Chicago to ensure a safe learning environment for our children. OLH School Students will also have the option for E-Learning.
Let us continue to pray for an end to the Pandemic, and for Peace in the World.
Peace and God Bless,