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Diocesan Updates as of 5-27-2020

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 3-18-2020
*NO Masses in the Diocese of Gallup
*Funeral prayers/rituals will be at the grave site until futher notice - NO church services
*NO homebound visitations until further notice
*All Religious Education for young people and Adult Education is suspended

For full compliance with the recent New Mexico order, no church activity should exceed 5 persons in the same space. Since nearly all religious events are restricted, it only effects the remaining authorized activities: funerals, weddings, and private devotion in the church. The maximum number of people participating must be limited to five persons. 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, perhaps at the Vigil of Pentecost if the situation at that time allows.                                                 

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. 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.

 

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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