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.
PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR OCIA CANDIDATES
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
Please remember we still have our Catechumens and Candidates that need our prayers. (Remember the photos in the back of the church?) Anyway – they are (alphabetically by first name) Brandon, Dylan, Elisianna, Jeffrey, Jodi, Jose, Loretta, Mac, Mary, Moses, Samantha.
Please remember them in your prayers! Their journey has been unique – to say the least – and our Church is very blessed with them. Thank you!
July 31, 2020
I am pleased to share with you that as of August 7th the majority of our parishes have the option to open once again for limited public worship. As this situation is evolving each community must understand that these protocols can evolve as this public health crisis evolves. The following points are especially significant in this goal as we move forward:
· The risks associated with public gatherings have not decreased and the formal Dispensation from participating in Sunday Mass in person remains in place for all persons living in or visiting the Diocese of Tucson. To state the obvious, we do not have a working vaccine or perfect method of treatment for Covid-19. It is my recommendation that the faithful remain at home until this situation is somewhat safer. I urge the faithful to commit daily to a time of prayer but most especially on Sundays. I also strongly encourage the reception of Holy Communion outdoors at your parish after prayerfully observing a Mass on television or the internet. While this public health situation remains troubling I must recall that our original motivation to cease public indoor gatherings was the extraordinarily high patient census in our hospitals, especially Intensive Care Units. That situation has improved. As of July 28th, hospitalization rates due to Covid-19 for Arizona have dropped 37% from their peak on July 13th. As our hospitals are reporting greater capacity, and I anticipate that only a small portion of our Catholic population will return for public Masses at this time, I conclude that limited indoor public Masses have once again become a possibility for much of our Diocese.
· For those parishes that elect to open, they must return to those protocols observed just prior to the recent suspension of public indoor Masses. Pastors are to review the protocols previously approved by my delegate for this purpose, Msgr. Al Schifano. This applies to Mass, other Sacraments (including Confession), parish meetings, celebrations, etc. There may be no adaptation or variance from the approved prior protocols with the exception of the protocols listed immediately below.
· Pastors are reminded that they may celebrate Masses beginning on Fridays and continuing through Mondays—with those Masses always making use of the Sunday Mass prayers and Scripture readings. Holy Communion may never be given indoors; it is to be given to the faithful only outdoors, even for those who have attended a Mass in person, and only provided in the hand. Receiving Holy Communion after Mass is over and upon exiting the Church is a way that those who attended Mass in person can be in solidarity with the Community who has observed a Mass by technology and may then be coming to receive Holy Communion at the same time. Any prior permission to distribute Holy Communion indoors is hereby revoked.
· The use of a mask is to protect others and also shows great respect and concern for our priests. It is clearly a pro-life issue. While already listed in approved protocols I wish to remind everyone that face masks are a firm requirement for all persons age six and older. Parishioners with a health condition making it impossible for them to make use of a mask are to contact their parish office ahead of time to verify the health condition with their pastor. There are no other exceptions to this protocol.
I believe that substantial strides are being made in the creation of vaccines as well as better treatments. However, as noted above, the reopening of our parishes for limited indoor public Masses should not signal a lessening of caution or even an encouragement to attend Mass in person at this time. Indeed, as both faithful Catholics and faithful citizens, I urge the faithful to set a good example for the public. The aggressive observance of our protocols gives witness to our love of neighbor, appreciation for those who minister to us, and concern for the most vulnerable of our communities.
St. Francis de Sales will be re-opening for Masses on August 8th and 9th. We will continue our regular Mass Schedule of:
Saturday at 5:00 PM
Sunday at 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 and 5:00 PM.
There will also be an outdoor Communion Service at 9:00 AM on Monday mornings for all of those who do not wish to come back into church at this time.
The Diocese and Staff of St. Francis de Sales would like to welcome Fr. Richard Kusugh or “Fr. Richard” as he would like to be called, to our Parish as of August 19. He is a tall, gentle man and we understand that he does exceptional homilies.