This past week, Archbishop Jose Gomez sent out a letter to all the parishes with the guidelines on re-opening our church. We know that many of you are anxious and excited on the possibility of being able to attend Mass again, we know we are. St. Philomena remains committed to our parish community. However, the health and safety of our parishioners and staff is the top priority. With this in mind, we will continue to have Mass livestreamed via Facebook until we are able to design and implement a plan in which you, our parishioners, will be safe while attending Mass.
In the words of the Archbishop: “As we enter this new moment, it is important to remember that the coronavirus is still out there, it is still contagious, and it is still dangerous. So, we need to proceed with prudence and caution and concern to protect our most vulnerable parishioners. Let us continue to pray and stand together with our people as we begin to reopen our churches and our society.”
On the next pages we have included the letter from the Archbishop as well as the guidelines. Please be assured that we, with our staff, are currently working diligently on a plan and once we are ready to open, we will announce it on our website and our Facebook page.
In the meantime, we highly encourage parishioners to continue keeping the Lord’s day holy. Take the time to listen to a livestreamed Mass with your family, pray the rosary, attend a livestreamed Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and continue being active in your spiritual life.
Here are a couple of notices to keep in mind:
* Archbishop Jose Gomez has dispensed all the faithful living within the Los Angeles Archdiocese from the obligation of attending Mass until further notice.
* St. Philomena offers daily livestreams of the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 6:30am-8:30am and weekly Mass on Sundays at 11am. To join us, visit our page at: www.facebook.com/stphilomenaparish.
* The celebration of the sacraments of First Communion and
Confirmation have been postponed until we are informed of the county restrictions in re-opening our communities in phase 3 or 4. Once we know when we can gather as a community, we will then plan our celebrations. Thank you for your understanding.
Thank you to everyone who has continued to support our parish with your prayers and your donations. Your financial contributions have allowed us to continue our ministry in these difficult times. If you are able to continue supporting our church financially, please drop off your contribution at our parish or by visiting our online giving site at:
Be assured that we continue to pray for every single one of you, and we offer your intentions in our everyday Masses. We pray for your continuous health. Stay safe and God Bless!