MASS TIMES – As of March 16, all Masses have been cancelled.
|Daily Masses are still being said by Fr. Brian and Fr. Ben privately. All intentions are still valid.
8 am Mon – Fri
Saturday (Vigil) Mass
8 am, 9:30 am, 11 am, 1 pm (Spanish)
Saturday, 4-5 pm
Mother of Perpetual Help Devotion:
Tuesdays, after 8 am Mass
A Message from the Pastor in a Time of Crisis
All of us, whether Catholic, Christian, other religion, or no religion, all human beings, are struggling with this Novel Coronavirus disease. Its unprecedented! Never have we not been able to gather together to celebrate the Mass or other Sacraments! One of the various Intercessions in the Evening Prayer that priests pray every day says: “Lord, do not leave your faithful people without a shepherd to guide them; and do not leave your shepherds without a faithful flock to follow them.” Well, now the shepherd has no flock to gather with him, due to the mandate of social distancing. (though we can still be connected through social media – read on.)
As a Shepherd, I am still offering the Mass and praying for for my flock – for all of you – in private. While no public Masses are being held in these days, I will be saying Mass each day for all of you and our whole world. Between myself and Fr. Benjamin, we will be fulfilling the scheduled Mass Intentions as well.
Bishop McElroy has dispensed the faithful for the obligation to attend Mass for the coming weeks.
We all can remain in “Spiritual Communion” – by our act of the will desiring to be in communion, and by distaining all sin or anything that keeps us from God and one another. We look forward to the day when we will celebrate the Eucharist together again with great joy!
For Confessions, Bishop McElroy, quoting Pope Francis, says that for now it is sufficient to “repent”, to be sorry for your sins, make an Act of Contrition, and be ready to Confess sacramentally when the crisis subsides. If someone really needs the Sacramental Absolution, I will be available for Confessions on Saturday at 4:00 PM as usual, in the main church, not in the confessional, or by appointment.
Don’t forget your financial donation to support the parish, as our expenses continue. Consider an online donation at our website: stcatherinelaboure.net; mail in your donation; or put it in the donation box or in the office mail slot.
See News Postings at the bottom of this page for ongoing periodic updates, and ways to enrich our faith during this crisis. We are also working on having the Mass available on Social media and the website. Check the news postings for future updates.
Our faith in Christ Crucified and Risen is the only thing that can hold us up and keep us going at this time. The word “Corona”, from which we get ‘Coronavirus” means “crown”, due to the way the virus looks under a microscope. We can think of the crown of thorns that Jesus endured to save us. Why does God allow us to suffer like this? It’s a mystery, but we know that out of love, he sent his son to suffer for us, and with us, to redeem us, and he promised that those who persevere in believing in him and remaining faithful to him would have eternal life! (John 3:16)
Fr. Brian Hayes, Pastor
Following on the Governor of California’s mandate to stay-at-home, Bishop McElroy has called for the following measures in the Sacramental Life of our Church:
- The Liturgies of Holy Week (Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, the Easter Vigil) cannot be celebrated publically, not even Easter! The Diocese and the Immaculata will be livestreaming these Liturgies; see below.
- Baptisms which cannot be postponed, must be private and include only members of the immediate family, no more than 10 people.
- Rites for the dead are limited to internment services at the cemetery with less than 10 people; funeral masses must be postponed.
- Weddings are to be postponed, or to take place with less than 10 people.
- Quinceañeras must be postponed.
- Confirmation and First Communions will have to be rescheduled when the reality of this current crisis becomes clearer.Live-streamed Masses:
a) The Dioceseof San Diego will be streaming Sunday and daily Mass celebrated in our Pastoral Center Chapel. These can be accessed at http://www.sdcatholic.org>
b) The Diocese will provide streaming and recording of Holy Thursday Mass, the Good Friday liturgy, the Easter vigil and Easter Sunday Mass. More information available on the Diocesan website.
Please watch this NEW video! If you feel the call to service God’s people, please contact the Diocese of San Diego!