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Diocesan Updates as of 2-5-2021

Effective immediately, and until further notice, Bishop James Wall has dispensed the faithful of the Diocese of Gallup from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. 

Due to the COVID-19 Virus, please be aware of the following liturgical changes beginning as of January 20, 2021
*Some parishes in the Diocese of Gallup have opened; parishes on the Navajo Nation are closed until further notice
*Funeral prayers/rituals will be at the grave site until futher notice - NO church services
*Homebound and hospital visitations by priests are encouraged

 

New Mexico State’s revised emergency public health order is effective Monday, Nov 16, 2020 and incorporates the following adjustments:

Houses of worship may operate at 25 percent of maximum occupancy or 75 people, whichever is smaller, of any enclosed building.   Houses of worship may, as before, conduct services outdoors or provide services through audiovisual means.

The New Mexico official statements also strongly advised the wearing of face masks or shields when people must be out in public. Continue to keep a physical distance of 6 feet between people and strongly encourage the use of face masks.

Reflection:
Let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.
Galatians 6:9 (Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition)
 
 

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 5. 

Holy Eucharist

Public Masses are still suspended on native lands.  Some areas of the diocese do have mass.  Distribution of Holy Communion is only provided by the clergy, including for the home bound. Viaticum for the dying is the only exception.

Anointing of the Sick, Last Rites

Anointing of the sick is encouraged for home and hospital visitations to those that are ill or dying.

 

Our Parish Website has resources on other pages as well as some listed below.

Spiritual alternatives for those who cannot attend Mass: 

Hearing the readings proclaimed and the Gospel preached by watching televised versions of the Mass for the benefit of spiritual communion.  These are available from many sources-

                 - Televised versions of the Mass available at various sites

                    https://www.youtube.com/user/PhoenixDiocese/about (Phoenix)
                    EWTN, Relevant Radio (audio)

Some examples of spiritual communion can be found here:

- https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/devotions/act-of-spiritual-communion-339

- http://www.preces-latinae.org/thesaurus/AnteMissam/Acts.html
 

Family rosary recited by those confined to home

Prayers specifically for those suffering from the coronavirus and its effects, one could pray Psalm 91, which invokes the Lord specifically against plagues. 

Acts of Faith, Hope, and Love can also be helpful to drive out the fear that is rampant at this time. These also help us all to rely on the Lord more, which is always and everywhere the best solution to any problem.

http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/prayers/acts-of-faith-hope-and-love.cfm

 

 

Link for Parishioner Guidelines for Preparing to return to Mass

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