Tuesday, 24 March 2020 – New Confession Location and Times
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We are updating our confession location and times.
Starting today, one priest will hear confessions at 11.00 a.m. and at 4.00 p.m.
We will no longer be using the confessionals, but will instead have penitents line up outside the school, starting at the black stanchions and extending towards the bus doors.
You’ll see clearly marked signs, indicating where to line up: please remember to keep at least six feet between you and others.
Each penitent will come up to an open window under the ‘School and Parish Offices’ awning, indicated by another sign. Speak clearly, but not so loudly that others can hear. The priest will hear your confession and give absolution; then, as you leave, please signal to the next penitent to come.
We must avoid large crowds gathering. If the line is more than ten people, please consider coming back at another time, or at least waiting in your car until the line diminishes. Please also be brief and to the point in your confession—prepare by examining your conscience beforehand, and confess your sins in kind and number. There’s no need for lengthy stories, justifications, or confessing the sins of others.
As of now, we are continuing to keep the church open, with the Blessed Sacrament exposed, from noon until nine every day. Please help us keep our doors open by observing social distancing and not crowding. We may be forced to suspend exposition if this is a problem.
We also need your financial support. More on this to come, but please consider mailing your collection envelopes to the church, or giving online via WeShare (see below). We’re doing our utmost to keep offering the sacraments, preaching, and space to pray in this terrible time: we know we can count on you to keep it going.
Below, you’ll find Episode 6 of Closing the Social Distance, featuring our novice (and the providentially-named) Br. Rocco. St. Rocco is the patron saint for those suffering from plagues, and a powerful intercessor against pandemic!
Remember to keep reading our daily email: we’re adapting as circumstances change, and more adjustments will surely come.
To close, here’s a great prayer to St. Rocco quite fitting for our situation:
St. Rocco, deliver us, we pray, from the punishments of God. Through your intercession, preserve our bodies from contagious disease, and our souls from the contagion of sin. Grant us health and safety, but above all, purity of heart. Assist us to make good use of health, to bear suffering with patience, and following your example, to live in the practice of penance and charity, that we may one day enjoy the happiness you merited by your virtuous life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. St. Rocco, pray for us!
Oremus pro invicem—let us pray for each other,
The Dominican Friars