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 May 23th. 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, who have already had Covid, who have been vaccinated, and who have otherwise returned to a more normal life are encouraged to return to Mass.
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 Joel Levenberg, the sanctuary lamp will burn for the repose of his soul from April 18th to until April 24th. The sanctuary lamp will burn for the repose of Thomas Kelly from April 25th until May 1st.
This Sunday is the Third Sunday of the month. Due to First Communion, we will forgo the vocations prayers following the 10:45 a.m. Mass.
There will be a second collection next weekend for the Catholic Home Missions Appeal.
Confirmation will be on Thursday, June 3rd. There will be three classes offered for the confirmandi tentatively scheduled for 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 December 26th with the addition of Corpus Christi (June 3rd, Confirmation), All Saints (November 1st), All Souls (November 2nd), Immaculate Conception (December 8th), and Christmas (December 25th).
HOMESCHOOL CLASS OF 2021 GRADS
The diocese of Birmingham will be hosting a baccalaureate Mass and graduation ceremony for all graduating homeschool seniors at the Cathedral of St Paul. If you are interested in your student participating, please contact Mary Shields (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Misti Yaeger (email@example.com) for the date and time. RSVP by April 30th.
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, Apr 17||9:15 a.m.||Special Intention for Elizabeth Fernandes (by Mary Margaret Rumore)|
|4:00 p.m.||Special Intention for Michael Rumore (by the Hahn Family)|
|Sun, Apr 18:||7:30 a.m.||Special Intention for Stephanie Jusi (by Madeline Sampedro)|
|9:00 a.m.||Pro Populo|
|10:45 a.m.||†||William Lang (by the Gagnon Family)|
|Mon, Apr 19:||*8:30 a.m.||†||Raphael Generaux (by Michelle Head)|
|Tues, Apr 20:||*8:30 a.m.||†||Loretta Mara (by the Bryant Family)|
|Wed, Apr 21:||*7:00 a.m.||†||David Smith (by Lynn Bryant)|
|*8:30 a.m.||†||Joan Kitko (by the Jones Family)|
|Thur, Apr 22:||*8:30 a.m.||Special Intention for Mary Frances Kitko (by the Jones Family)|
|Fri, Apr 23:||*7:00 a.m.||†||Avis Booth (by the Jones Family)|
|*8:30 a.m.||Special Intention for Linda Cooper (by the Donellan Family)|
|Sat, Apr 24||4:00 p.m.||†||Avis Booth (by the Donellan Family)|
|Sun, Apr 25:||7:30 a.m.||†||Agnes Zimmer (by the Donellan Family)|
|9:00 a.m.||Pro Populo|
|10:45 a.m.||†||Lillie Mae Rumore (by the Donellan Family)|
NEXT WEEK’S MASS READINGS
|4:00 p.m.||4th Sunday of Easter||Acts 4:8-12, 1Jn 3:1-2, Jn 10:11-18|
|7:30 a.m.||3rd Sunday After Easter||1Pet 2:11-19, Jn 16:16-22|
|9:00 a.m.||4th Sunday of Easter||Acts 4:8-12, 1Jn 3:1-2, Jn 10:11-18|
|10:45 a.m.||3rd Sunday After Easter||1Pet 2:11-19, Jn 16:16-22|