OUR PARISH OFFICE WILL REMAIN OPEN THROUGH THE DURATION OF ALL THE OTHER CANCELLATIONS. YOU MAY CALL 520-885-5908 WITH QUESTIONS. YOU MAY ALSO MAIL OR BRING IN YOUR ENVELOPE DONATIONS. WE WILL NOT BE COLLECTING SWAP MEET DONATIONS AT THIS TIME.
Religious Education “NEWS”:
Registration for the 2020-2021 school year would normally be beginning at this time, however, we still do not know when classes will begin or what the new protocols will look like.
We do know that our Parish R.E. Programs will have a new “post-pandemic” look when we begin again. In the meantime, please know how wonderful you are as parents to be involved with passing our Faith on to your children! –
To that end--
HELP WANTED! TEACHERS NEEDED! GREAT BENEFITS! (The joy knowing you are serving God!) Please search your heart – and see whether the Holy Spirit is calling YOU to help educate our young people in the Faith. We need new teachers on all levels, including elementary, junior and senior high school. Training will of course, be provided.
As of now, it looks like we will begin Religious Education (CCD) classes in October. As we said, classes and the program will have a different look than in the past. The class sizes will be smaller and the children will be socially distance from each other. We will take all precautions to ensure the safety of your children. Masks will be required and we will have hand sanitizer for all.
Due to the type of illness we are dealing with, things will look and be different. Children will need to have their own pencils/crayons/markers, etc. There cannot be sharing of classroom supplies. This will be challenging to implement and we are asking for your help. This is a ministry that could take many forms – aides, teachers, videographers, etc.
This is all new – AND WE NEED YOUR HELP!
If you have questions or just want to chat about the possibilities, please call us at
885-5908 or email us at our addresses listed below. We thank you for letting us help you and to serve your families.
We have sent a letter to all of the families whose addresses we have. If you have not received the letter from us (Terri and Maureen), please email us at the addresses listed below in order that we may keep you “up to the minute” with Church R.E. happenings.
Thank you and know that you are always in our prayers.
Terri Gervais Maureen Kingery
Director, Grades 7 – 12 Director, Pre-school – Grade 6
7th - 12th Grade Religious Education Classes
Beginning October 1, students will be receiving paper packets with all books, study materials and homework on a monthly basis, to be completed at home. That said, registration forms for middle and high school Religious Education classes are now being taken. Please go to the parish website at www.saintfrancisdesalestucson.org to fill out the form. You will also be receiving a form in the mail, which can be used if you prefer a paper form. Extra forms are available from the DRE Office in the parish center. Please fill out a separate form for each of your children. Elementary registration will be done on a different form. If you use the paper form, please drop it off at the parish center Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 3:00pm, or mail it back to us at: SFDS, 1375 S Camino Seco, Tucson, AZ 85710.
Thank you and God Bless! - Terri A Gervais, DRE 7th - 12th Grades
St. Francis de Sales Parish
1375 S Camino Seco
Tucson, AZ 85710
We will now be opening the church into the Diocese Phase II Protocols effective October 24, 2020. They are listed below:
St. Francis de Sales Parish Statement of the Continuation of Safety Protocols
and the Opening with the Diocese Phase II to take effect when approved by the Diocese.
· We continue to remind and emphasize that the Sunday Mass obligation is suspended indefinitely for all persons living or visiting the Diocese of Tucson despite the changes of our safety protocols. We make clear the risks at hand and the safety precautions that we are keeping and implementing. We also continue to encourage the vulnerable to remain home.
· Those in the vulnerable classification (age 65+ or those with a chronic health condition) are strongly urged to remain at home.
· For those who attend Mass, there is an inherent risk regardless of age or health in attending any public event, this includes any religious event. While we are working to reduce the risk, there is no risk-free situation. Please understand that by you attending Mass or any public event on our parish property you run the risk of contagion. Your presence constitutes your understanding and acceptance of this essential level risk.
· Those who are feeling ill in any way are urged, in the strongest sense, to remain at home and not come onto parish property.
· Please respect any sign posted on church property, whether at the entrance of the church or on our parking lot.
· Please make sure you always use a mask (under age 6 exempted); it is a sign of our desire to do our part in helping to prevent others from potential contagion. In the words of our bishop, the use of a mask is an especially strong sign of your support for your priests and ministers.
· We will continue with the same seating capacity of 1/3 of the church reconciling this number with safe social distancing.
· The following schedules will be posted on all of our means of communications.
· Sunday Public Masses
o Saturday Vigil Mass – 5:00 PM
o Sunday Masses – 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 AM and 5:00 PM
· Weekday Masses
o Monday Communion Service – 9:00 AM (outside)
o Tuesday through Friday – 8:00 AM
o First Friday Anointing Mass – Noon
· Safety Protocols for Masses
o Before and after every Mass we will sanitize the church pews, doors, restrooms and anything that might have been touched by any person.
o Doors will be opened 30 minutes before the celebration of the Mass and will remain open for 30 minutes after the celebration of Mass. This will allow some time for prayer.
o The doors will remain open, the fans will be on and the AC will be on during the celebrations of all Masses to provide appropriate ventilation.
o We will open the handicapped door on the north side of the church next to the handicapped parking lot so those handicapped people who are not vulnerable will not have to go nearly as far as they do from the normal parking lot they have had to park in.
· An announcement will be given explaining the reception of Holy Communion.
· The distribution of Holy Communion may take place at its normal place in the celebration of the Mass. Parishioners will remain in their places at Mass and Eucharistic Ministers come to them throughout the Church, thus preventing lines from forming and encouraging a breakdown of social distancing.
· The priest and/or Eucharistic Ministers will be wearing a mask or face shield during the distribution.
Communion to Hospitals, nursing homes, homebound
· The priest will ask a series of questions in order to determine if it is safe to go and administer the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick or Holy Communion.
Hymnals, envelopes, bulletins and handouts
· There will be no hymnals or envelopes available at any of the pews.
· Bulletins will be available for self-pickup only after every Mass. Any other handout will always be in the bulletin as an insert.
· There will be no choirs permitted during the celebration of the Mass.
· Only the organist/musician and/or cantors will sing the entire Mass throughout the remainder of phase II. Congregational singing will continue to be discouraged.
· We have donation containers at the entrance doors for parishioners to leave their envelope donations either on entering the church or on leaving the church.
· We will be celebrating individual baptisms.
· We will allow for 20 people to attend the baptism while still following the ordinary safety precautions.
· These celebrations will follow the same restrictions and safety protocols as the Sunday Masses.
· There will always be an usher present during these celebrations to count the people that come in and to assist with seating arrangements.
Sacrament of Reconciliations
· We will continue to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturdays at 3:30 PM inside the church, but not using the confessionals. Separate areas will be set up in the church and social distancing will be used and all will be wearing a mask.
· We will also celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation by appointment, again in the church.
· There will be a Holy Hour Adoration on Tuesday mornings after the 8:00 AM Mass concluded with the same sanitation procedures from the Sunday Mass.
· Holy water in the holy water fonts will not be available for the faithful in the Church.
· If parishioners wish to have this sacramental at home, they will be encouraged to bring a bottle of water to be blessed by the priest.
· Our cleaning procedure will continue the same. An aggressive cleaning of every pew, kneeler, the restrooms, doors, and anything that a person might have touched.
· The Maintenance staff, Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers and volunteers will continue to sanitize the church before and after every Mass celebration.
Meetings and Fundraisers
· During phase II there will be no in-person meetings, all ministry, volunteers or group meetings will be held via-zoom. If there is a fundraiser it will be thoroughly thought out and will be with no food served, all will wear masks, and social distancing will be very strict.
This is a lot for all of us to consider the above. Please remember The Sunday Mass obligation remains dispensed for vulnerable person and those who live with them. If after reading all of this and you have questions, please call us here at the office at 520-885-5908.
Rev. Richard Kusugh, V.C.
SIGN UP TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH OUR PARISH
How awesome would it be to stay in touch with your Parish and be informed in real time about what is happening at the church? Yes, we always have a bulletin on Sundays, but sometimes things come up or change within the week in between Sundays and there is no way to let you know—no way to get that information out to you in real time.
Or, if for any reason, there is a sudden change of plans—say we have to cancel an event, a meeting, a class, or other Parish event due to some unforeseen circumstance like rain, snow, dust, raccoons, zombies, or who knows what—there is no way to contact you until the next Sunday when a bulletin will be printed. Oops! Too late.
We have also looked into what it costs us to mail letters through the post office each time we have to send bulk mail to everyone on the Parish register. We are talking envelopes, stamps and all that. Wouldn’t it be nicer, cheaper, and faster if we could just send one message one time through email or text? I think it would be awesome!
So, to keep you posted and to help you be more involved in the daily life of the Parish, we are inviting you to sign on through FLOCKNOTES as a way of staying in touch and involved with your beloved Saint Francis de Sales Parish and the Diocese of Tucson.
All you need to do is type this link in your browser: https://stfrancisdesalesparish.flocknote.com, and follow a few clicks. Or, if you don’t have email, no problem. From your cell phone, text the word sfdstucson to 84576 to sign up. It’s that easy!
Thanks to all those who have already joined the SFDS Parish Tucson (Eastside) Group in Flocknotes.