Friday, August 7, 2020 at 11:22 AM
Parishes on the Navajo Nation will remain closed until at least the month of September.
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Parish Updates as of 8-7-2020

We are advised by the Navajo Nation to Stay at Home and to limit our movement if and when possible.  Public gatherings ought not exceed 5 people.  Drive-in gatherings are acceptable.  Numbers continue to rise for those affected by COVID-19.
 
Based upon these parameters, churches on the Navajo Nation will continue to remain closed at least until September.  In mid-August, parish teams will re-evaluate the status of our areas and decide whether to open in August sometime or continue to remain closed until further notice.
 
Continue to walk in beauty and safety.
 
 

SUNDAY LIVE READINGS AND REFLECTION 
Call in at 11 am.  Presider this week is Sr. Zoe.

 
The process is:
 
Dial 978-990-5022
When asked for access code - Dial 6489374#

Please remember to mute your phone.
 
 
 

OFFICE HOURS                           
Monday 9-12 pm
Tuesday 9-12 pm
Wednesday 9-12 pm

PRAYER INTENTIONS

You may submit your prayer requests to the OLBS office during office hours or via email.

Fr. Blane will have a private liturgy and offer up those prayer intentions at that time.  He will also include prayers in general for our parishioners and all those globally affected by the COVID-19 Virus through illness and death.

TITHE/GOOD STEWARDSHIP

Catholic Extension has given a special gift to the Diocese of Gallup and all its parishes and schools. Access for all the Diocese of Gallup entities is through the same portal on the #igiveCatholic site: together.igivecatholic.org/info/gallup   Select Parish, and Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament from the drop down list under Organization Name. 
The Faith in Action Appeal is also available on that same site.

"As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace" (1 Pt 4:10).

What identifies a steward? Safeguarding material and human resources and using them responsibly are one answer; so is generous giving of time, talent, and treasure.  But being a Christian steward means more. As Christian stewards, we receive God's gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.     
                                                                          United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

Your weekly Sunday Collection (tithe/treasure) can be dropped off at the times listed above.  Please feel free to mail in any prayer requests or donations also.

SACRAMENTS

Baptisms
Recommendation for infants/newborn: the parents come to the church with the child at an established time. They walk immediately to the baptismal font where the priest is waiting. He baptizes the child, and the family immediately returns home.

Confirmations and RCIA Members
Confirmations are not to be celebrated until further notice. Catechumens and Candidates for full initiation will be brought into the Church at a later time.

Weddings
It is strongly advised that celebrations of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony should be postponed until it is safe to resume large gatherings of people.  If the ceremony must proceed, the number of persons present cannot exceed 10. 

Holy Eucharist
Public Masses are still suspended. Distribution of Holy Communion is suspended, including for the home bound. Viaticum for the dying is the only exception.

Anointing of the Sick, Last Rites
Anointing of the sick is at this time only to be administered to the dying. This includes those infected with the virus as well as those dying from other causes.

Reconciliation
Please call the parish office to make individual arrangements.

Funerals
Grave Side services ONLY.  Please call the parish office for further information.

RESOURCES

The Word Among Us booklets are available on the top landing inside parish office door.  Please pick them up during office hours listed above or call office to request them so parish staff is available to provide these resources.

 

Please continue to pray for those afflicted with the virus.  May they be restored to health soon.  We also continue to pray that they may find an effective vaccine and solution to this epidemic and to restore harmony and peace to our communities.