Dear Parishioners: I hope everyone is weathering well the most challenging period in our lifetime. Please exercise all necessary precautions to keep yourself and your family safe. Our church remains open from 9-4 each day for a visit and prayer, but no congregational activities. The parish buildings remain in good shape. Because of your generosity we have been able to weather the loss of our weekly collection for the short term. Thank you. However, do consider mailing in your envelopes or dropping them off at the white mailbox at the rectory back door. The diocese has recommended that our parish sign up for We Share where donations can be made automatically from your financial institution to our parish. We are presently looking into that proposal.
It is likely that there will be no services on Palm Sunday or Holy week. Please note that Reconciliation Monday, March 30th, has been canceled. Since we have already ordered palm, we will make palm available in the church parking lot on Saturday, April 4th and Sunday April 5th. We have canceled our flower order for Easter Sunday, since there is little expectation that there will be Easter services.
Looking ahead to May, we ask that families who have children scheduled for First Communion or Confirmation make no plans or reservations for receptions or parties at outside venues. The cardinal has asked that both events be postponed. While it may be possible to retain the present parish schedule for both events, please note that these events may not take place as scheduled.
Since the cancelation of masses, we have not been able to honor the intentions for which those masses were to be offered. One thought is to have a special memorial mass on a future Saturday morning at 11am on a date yet to be determined once we resume masses. Since we have only a part-time staff, rebooking each individual mass would be time consuming and burdensome. Honoring our dead in a communal setting will demonstrate our support for each other.
I want to thank our parish staff for their assistance at this time. Their loyalty to our parish is deeply appreciated. One thing I have learned: what days of the week I need to put out the garbage and recyclables, since Carl is home, as he should be.
Please stay in touch. The easiest way is through email: the Magdalene@archny.org. You may also call the rectory at 914.631.0529. With all my thanks and prayers.