Father Booth’s Weekly Reflection
Franciscan Sisters of the Poor of Jesus Christ
We have a wonderful group of Franciscan Sisters living next door to the church. These joyful sisters tirelessly serve the poor of Birmingham. In their efforts to conform to the charism of their namesake, Saint Francis, they take a vow of poverty and live by Divine providence. If you would like to know how you can help them, and the poor, a sign-up sheet is available. They will be extremely grateful for your support!
COVID-19 RESPONSE – MASS & DEVOTIONS
We have returned to an approximation of our normal weekend schedule with Mass inside the Church. We will have a 4:00 p.m. Saturday English Mass, a 9:00 a.m. Sunday English Mass, a 10:45 a.m. Sunday Latin Mass, and an additional Sunday Latin Mass at 7:30 a.m. The additional Latin Mass is intended to aid in the social distancing, which is the responsibility of those attending Mass. Please be considerate. This additional Mass will continue as long as social distancing is necessary.
COVID-19 RESPONSE – CONFESSIONS
Until further notice, confessions will be done in the Church parking lot with Fr Booth in his car. Those wishing to confess can walk up individually maintaining a six-foot distance. Confessions will be offered at 3:30-3:55 p.m. on Saturday and on Sunday at 7:00-7:25 a.m., 8:30-8:55 a.m., and 10:15-10:40 a.m.
DISPENSATION FOR SUNDAY MASS OBLIGATION
Per Bishop Raica, all Roman Catholics who reside in the diocese are dispensed from the Sunday Mass obligation through March 14th. No one, especially the vulnerable, should feel obliged to attend Mass. This is almost certainly the last extension for the Covid dispensation. Those who are not at risk are encouraged to return to Mass.
A REMINDER FROM BISHOP RAICA
Those individuals who have a fever, feel sick, are in a high-risk group, are of a more advanced age, or who live with someone in one of these categories, are urged to avail themselves of the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass for all Roman Catholics living in the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama.
CHANGES TO THE MASS
We will forgo the distribution of the Precious Blood, reception of which is ordinarily optional, and the sign of peace, the omission of which is also optional.
WELCOME TO ALL OF OUR VISITORS
We are glad you have attended Mass with us. If you wish to join Blessed Sacrament, please pick up a parish census form at the Religious Goods Counter located in the vestibule of the front entrance.
In memory of Robert C. Bryant, the sanctuary lamp will burn for the repose of his soul from March 7th to until March 13th. The sanctuary lamp will burn for the repose of Joseph Kelly from March 14th until March 20th.
This Sunday is the first Sunday of the month. There will not be coffee and donuts following the 9:00 Mass. Perhaps coffee and donuts will resume in May.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
We will have Stations of the Cross at 6:00 p.m. during the Fridays of Lent (Stations on Good Friday, April 2nd it will be at 2:30 p.m.). No meal will follow stations but we will have confessions following Stations.
There will be a second collection next weekend for the Burse Club, which helps to fund the education of our seminarians.
FIRST COMMUNION DATE
First Communion will be on Sunday, April 18th. Opportunities for first confession will be provided on several occasions prior to First Communion.
Confirmation will be on Thursday, June 3rd. There will be three classes offered for the confirmandi tentatively scheduled for Sundays May 2nd, May 16th, and May 30th.
2021 HIGH MASS SCHEDULE
The High Mass schedule for the 10:45 a.m. Mass will be as follows: Every second, third, and fourth Sunday of the month excluding Palm Sunday (March 28th) and December 26th with the addition of the Annunciation (March 25th), Holy Thursday (April 1st), Easter Sunday (April 4th), Corpus Christi (June 3rd, Confirmation), All Saints (November 1st), All Souls (November 2nd), Immaculate Conception (December 8th), and Christmas (December 25th).
NOTE ON MASS INTENTIONS
There is about a four-month backlog on Mass Intentions. Thus, requested Mass dates cannot always be honored.
MASS SCHEDULE AND INTENTIONS (*Masses in the Rectory Chapel)
|Sat, Mar 6||8:30 a.m.||Special Intention for Diana Hancock (by Monica Duvall)|
|4:00 p.m.||†||Evelyn Duvall (by the Duvall Family)|
|Sun, Mar 7:||7:30 a.m.||†||Robert Duvall (by the Duvall Family)|
|9:00 a.m.||Pro Populo|
|10:45 a.m.||†||William Duvall (by the Duvall Family)|
|Mon, Mar 8:||*8:30 a.m.||Private Intention|
|Tues, Mar 9:||*8:30 a.m.||†||Steven Michael Moran (by Mary Jane Kelly)|
|Wed, Mar 10:||*7:00 a.m.||†||Kenneth Duvall (by the Duvall Family)|
|*8:30 a.m.||†||Brent Duvall (by the Duvall Family)|
|Thur, Mar 11:||*8:30 a.m.||†||Clement Muck, Sr. Muck (by the Duvall Family)|
|Fri, Mar 12:||*7:00 a.m.||†||Wava Muck (by the Duvall Family)|
|*8:30 a.m.||†||Ardeth Ahlstrom (by the Duvall Family)|
|Sat, Mar 13||4:00 p.m.||†||Charles Ahlstrom (by the Duvall Family)|
|Sun, Mar 14:||7:30 a.m.||†||Rex Ahlstrom (by the Duvall Family)|
|9:00 a.m.||Pro Populo|
|10:45 a.m.||Special Intention for Pedro Triana & Family (by Richard & Barbara Juneau)|
NEXT WEEK’S MASS READINGS
|4:00 p.m.||Fourth Sunday of Lent||1Sam 16:1,6-7,10-13, Eph 5:8-14, Jn 9:1-41|
|7:30 a.m.||Fourth Sunday of Lent||Gal 4:22-31, Jn 6:1-15|
|9:00 a.m.||Fourth Sunday of Lent||1Sam 16:1,6-7,10-13, Eph 5:8-14, Jn 9:1-41|
|10:45 a.m.||Fourth Sunday of Lent||Gal 4:22-31, Jn 6:1-15|