Letter From Fr. Barnabas
Feb 4, 2021
Dear Parishioners of Saint Aloysius Parish.
I would like to thank all of you for your generous financial support of the Parish during these difficult times. I am happy to say that the covid pandemic has barely affected the generous financial support that the parishioners have always given to this wonderful Parish. I would like to thank all of you for your continued support of the Parish.
I would also like too personally thank all of those that contributed either financially and those who contributed their time and talent in replacing the pews coverings. In my opinion the interior of the Church looks great and is very conducive to our prayer and worship.
I would also like to thank those of you who have contributed to the Archbishops Call to Share, we are now at 90% of our Parish goal. The ministries that the Archbishop’s call to Share supports are very important and I would like to thank all of you for your very generous support.
The Archbishop has recently allowed Parishes to ease or drop the use of marking of pews within the Church. The reason for this is the fact as more people become vaccinated Mass attendance is increasing. We are already seeing a rise in Mass attendance in the Parish. Last Sunday we had a large family come into Mass late and there were several pews which had only one person sitting in them and this family had no ability to figure out where they could or could not sit. This is the type of problem that the Archbishop’s easing or dropping of the pew markers is meant to help in solve. This does not mean that physical distancing is no longer required it means the parishioners will be doing it themselves and helping others find seats with which they are comfortable. If we carry out this plan, we can have a better and more efficient use of pew space as more people return to Mass after receiving vaccinations. The Archbishop is also allowing a limited use of altar servers as well. Please keep in mind masks are still required and physical distancing is also to be practiced by the Parishioners in the process of working out their setting. I will assign an usher to assist people with finding seats if necessary. The Archbishop is reporting that all of the above has been very successful in many Parishes.
After consultation with the county health department and the Parish council I have decided to implement these changes on Palm Sunday which is the weekend of March 27th and 28th. After Palm Sunday I will consult with the Parish council and discuss how well it worked and if there needs to be any changes made.
Peace and Good
Fr Barnabas Eichor Pastor