St. Ann’s Parish, Midland, TX Current Plans for Liturgies and Activities, March 18, 2020
Our diocesan bishop, Most Rev. Michael Sis, has published new regulations on our response to the coronavirus. The intention of these regulations is to protect the health of our parishioners and to join the community in the attempt to prevent the spread of the virus. Here is what will do at St. Ann’s, beginning today.
1. Public Masses and other liturgies in churches and chapels are temporarily suspended, at least through Easter, April 12. The bishop has dispensed people in our diocese from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. This means you do not commit a sin by not coming to Sunday Mass.
The bishop encourages viewing the Mass on social media, television or radio (consult the website of the diocese at www.sanangelodiocese.org for a list and for “spiritual communion”). At St. Ann’s, we plan to live stream some Masses which will not have a congregation present. This will include the daily Masses at Noon on Fr. Ryan Rojo’s account on Facebook; these can also be viewed later at your convenience. On Sundays, we plan to livestream a 10:45am English Mass and 1:00pm Spanish Mass on Vimeo. Again, these will not have congregations present). Watch for the link to be publicized soon.
2. Confessions are an important aspect of Lent and a way to encounter the mercy of God in Christ. Priests at St. Ann’s will be available to hear confessions in the Prayer Garden of the Mary Center, if the weather is nice. Line up on the steps to the parlor/gift shop. Confess from behind the screen, either standing or sitting. If the weather is inclement, confessions will be in the chapel; enter by the door in Memorial Garden (columbarium).
Confessions will be on Wednesdays at 5:00pm and Saturdays at 4:00pm.
3. Weddings and quinceañeras will be restricted to 10 people or less.
4. Baptisms of infants will be restricted to 10 people or less.
5. Confirmation of adults (March 24) has been postponed to May 21. Confirmation of youth (May 2) is postponed.
6. First Communion will take place after May 10; a new schedule will be issued when information is available.
7. Anointing of the Sick: please call a priest when needed.
8. Funerals may take place, but under the guideline of the Centers for Disease Control (limit is 50 people).
9. Holy Week and Easter Services are currently prohibited from being celebrated publicly. Those who were to become Catholic at the Easter Vigil may do so at the Mass of the Vigil of Pentecost, Saturday night, May 30, or at other times by arrangement with the pastor.
10. Other activities and events at the parish should be limited to ten people or less, or cancelled. All events should be considered as cancelled unless otherwise advertised. So the Stations of the Cross on Fridays, the Divine Mercy Women’s Retreat, Masses at Manor Park, and the Parish Mission have been cancelled.
11. The Holy Family Chapel at St. Ann’s is open during the day for private prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Enter by the door in the Memorial Garden (columbarium).
12. The Gift Shop will serve parishioners by appointment.
13. Family Promise will not meet in parish facilities, but volunteers to provide meals are still needed during the weeks assigned to our parish.
14. Christmas in April, the activity to restore a home in need of repair, is postponed.
15. Parishioners are encouraged to continue to their financial support of the parish; we need to pay our employees too! We accept donations by mail (1906 W. Texas Avenue, Midland 79701) and on line (call the parish accountant for information).
16. The bulletin and other news will be available on My Parish App. If you don’t yet have this free app on your phone, please find it for news, prayers, scripture readings and the link to FORMED (which has a variety of Catholic programing). Click on My Parish App in your app store and choose St. Ann’s, Midland.
17. St. Ann’s Parish Office is open 8:00am to 12 Noon weekdays to serve you. But please try to do as much by phone or on line as you can.
18. St. Ann’s School is providing on line education for the next two weeks; students are not on campus. St. Ann’s religious education programs and nursery and play school are closed until further notice.
18. Finally, pray for God’s protection. And remember to wash hands, sanitize surfaces and practice social distancing, to try to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Watch out for those in need. And, to quote Jesus: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Msgr. Larry J. Droll