Important Information and Updates on COVID-19
Last Updated: 24 May 2020
PRAYER TO SAINT KATERI TEKAKWITHA
In this time of COVID-19 Pandemic
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Lily of the Mohawks, you lost your whole family in a pandemic that swept your entire village. We come to you today, with bended knees, asking your intercession in this time of COVID-19 pandemic, that God will stop the spread of this plague throughout the whole world.
Though partially blind, disfigured and crippled, you trekked the rough terrain to encounter God. Help us to encounter God in this difficult and uncertain time. Help us to encounter God as we take refuge in our homes. Help us to encounter God in the ICU’s and isolated rooms of hospitals. Help us to encounter God in our city halls and government buildings. Restore our sight to find Jesus and allow Him to love us.
Teach us to listen to the voice of God in the stillness of our hearts. Allow us to experience the beauty and peace of God that will bring us hope. Help us to transform our disfigured and sinful lives and lead us to the fountain of life. Through the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ, allow us to see the Light and celebrate again the victory of God over sin and death. Amen.
A Letter from Fr. Albert
Divine Mercy Sunday
April 20, 2020
Dear Friends in Christ:
May the joy and peace of the risen Lord be with you!
I would like you all to know how much I wanted to celebrate this most joyful season of Easter with each one of you and pray that as you read this letter, you will feel that we are together. While I understand that the extension of this stay at home order is getting more difficult for all of us, please know that we are all in this together.
I would like to give you updates on some important matters in our Parish life. On Wednesday, April 15th, The Archbishop of Los Angeles, Most Reverend Jose H. Gomez, D.D., through a webinar, announced the extension of the dispensation of all Catholics from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass, as the county of Los Angeles has extended the shelter in place requirement until May 15, 2020. Consequently, we will continue to provide you the livestream of our daily Mass, Monday through Saturday, at 10:00 am and Sunday Mass beginning on Saturday at 5:30pm via https://www.facebook.com/SaintKateriParish/live.
Our First Communion Mass scheduled for May 16th, at 10:00am is postponed and moved to August 15th, at 10:00am. I am hoping that by the time we will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation, which is scheduled on May 24th, the “stay at home” order is fully lifted, otherwise, we may need to postpone it until Pentecost Sunday. Please stay tuned!
I ask for your continuous prayers, kind understanding and discernment. Everyone is highly encouraged to continue to stay at home with your family and loved ones and pray together. Continue to pray the Holy Rosary daily, participate in the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass via the internet and make an Act of Spiritual Communion at Communion time.
Please allow me to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support in keeping our lights on. I encourage you to continue making your weekly donations and assure that the parish continues to thrive during and after this crisis is behind us. I am very grateful also to our staff, two who offered voluntary furlough, one who offered 50% reduced hours and two who offered 20% reduced hours. I ask you to please include also in your prayers, our application submitted to the Bank of Santa Clarita for the Paycheck Protection Program, that it may be approved.
These are tough times and we are all feeling the pain of uncertainty and massive change in the life we knew. The table below highlights where we were last year at Easter, compared to the reality of where we are now.
If you didn’t get a chance yet, please consider setting up your Online Giving account today, Click or copy this link https://www.osvonlinegiving.com/1276 to your browser. If you do not have access to a computer, please mail in your donations, or drop them off at the Parish Office. We have a collection basket waiting for your donations.
Lastly, please be assured that even though we cannot be together in person at this time, you and your family are in my prayers. Our Parish Office remains open to answer your calls and for any essential needs and emergencies. For particular questions and concerns, you can reach our staff through email or through our extension numbers. You can also send us a message through our Facebook Page.
May God bless you and your families and keep you safe, healthy and holy.
Sincerely yours in the Risen Lord,
Fr. Albert H. Avenido
UPDATE ON OUR LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS
April 3, 2020
On March 16, 2020, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez announced the suspension of Masses amid the current COVID-19 Pandemic. During this temporary suspension our Parish Church, Adoration Chapel and the Parish Office will remain closed until April 19, 2020, or until further notice. While the office is closed, we will have staff members available to answer your telephone calls and emails, as there are unavoidable needs to be addressed.
Social distancing that requires individuals to stay at least six feet apart is emphasized. The practice of good hygiene by the regular washing of hands with soap and water, or with hand sanitizer, and the disinfecting of surfaces like doorknobs, tables, and desks on a regular basis. Our Pastor highly encourages the parishioners and our staff members to stay at home if they are sick, especially if they have symptoms of fever or cough, “STAY HOME” with their family, pray together and pray the Holy Rosary daily. We want to reassure all of our parishioners that despite the current disruptions to our community, that our parish will continue to assist you in your essential spiritual needs.
Mass / Prayers - There is no greater prayer than the holy sacrifice of the Mass. Our Parish is providing “Live Stream Mass” on weekdays at 10:00 o’clock in the morning and on Saturdays at 5:30 in the afternoon and will be available all day on Sundays via www.facebook.com/SaintKateriParishSantaClaritaCA.
Fr. Albert and Fr. Deus continue to celebrate Mass taking the form of a “Private Mass” in our Chapel/Church and many of our parishioners can virtually attend and follow the liturgies via Facebook. In every Mass, our Priests will lead the “Act of Spiritual Communion” for those who are attending the Mass through live streaming, and before the final blessing the “Prayer in the time of Coronavirus” is prayed.
In these times where we cannot come together in the Church, our “domestic church” plays a very important role as they participate in praying together the Angelus at 12:00 Noon, the Divine Mercy Chaplet prayers at 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon and the Angelus with the Holy Rosary at 6:00 o’clock in the evening through live streaming. I am very grateful for all the families who are taking part in leading the prayers in their homes.
Below is our live streaming schedule for Holy Week and Easter via Saint Kateri Facebook page.
APRIL 5, 2020
APRIL 6, 2020
APRIL 9, 2020
APRIL 10, 2020
APRIL 11, 2020
There is NO Live Stream Mass on Monday, April 6, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. There is only one Mass, the CHRISM MASS, on that day. This is one of the most solemn and important liturgies of the liturgical year. The Mass is a celebration of the institution of the priesthood with Jesus’ words at the Last Supper, “Do this in memory of me”. It is also the time for priests and deacons to reaffirm their ministry by renewing their promises made at their ordination.
In parish churches the priest(s) may celebrate the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper. The washing of the feet and the procession of the Blessed Sacrament in the place of repose is omitted. The Blessed Sacrament is to be kept in the Tabernacle. On Good Friday, for the Adoration of the Holy Cross, to express reverence to the Cross without kissing or touching it, a genuflection or profound vow can be offered instead. The Prayer for An End to the Pandemic is added in the Solemn Intercessions.
For the Easter Vigil, “The Solemn Beginning of the Vigil” or “Lucenarium”, the preparation and lighting of the fire is omitted. The Paschal Candle is lit, the procession will be omitted and the Easter Proclamation (Exsultet) will follow. The “Liturgy of the Word” then takes place. Baptisms at the Easter Vigil are postponed. Our Elect should participate in at least one Scrutiny, which can take place at Mass or in a Liturgy of the Word, before being baptized. The “Liturgy of the Eucharist” follows the “Renewal of Baptismal Promises”.
Reconciliation / Confession - Our Lenten Penance Service was cancelled, and all our regularly scheduled Confession times are suspended. In case of extreme necessity, our priests may offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Please call the office and make an appointment. We also ask that you observe social distancing while at the same time ensuring privacy. We ask that you also wear your face mask during Confessions. There is no Confession by telephone, electronic means, or by “drive-up.”
Anointing of the Sick - Sick calls will be available also by appointment. Please call the Parish Office. Priests attending to the needs of the sick are to observe all proper sanitary protocols.
Baptisms - Unless there is an emergency, the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism is to be postponed until April19, 2020 (inclusive), or until further notice. This includes those baptisms which customarily take place during Easter Vigil.
Weddings - The Sacrament of Matrimony is postponed until further notice.
Confirmations - The celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation is postponed until further notice.
Funerals - Funerals may take place only in the form of “The Rite of Committal with Final Commendation” (also known as the “graveside service”) at the cemetery. If desired by the family, a memorial Mass can be scheduled appropriately at a later date. Please call the Parish office.
Confirmations - The Sacrament of Confirmation is postponed until further notice.
Thank you so much for your cooperation and let us continue to pray for everyone. Let us pray for all those who are suffering physically, mentally and spiritually because of COVID-19, that they may feel the healing power of Our Lord. May all the medical professionals, doctors and nurses, and the first responders who are responsible for fighting this pandemic, receive The Lord’s guidance and protection. For all those who are now unemployed, all business owners, all those facing financial strain, and for all our families that we may find peace and comfort, love and hope in God. We pray also for all those who lost their lives and may Our Lord grant them eternal peace.
I assure you of all my prayers at a distance. Let our Trust, Hope and Love remain always in us, and may Our Divine Healer heal us physically and spiritually.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Sr Cora Tawatao
Director of Liturgy
April 02, 2020
A Letter from Father Albert
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Peace and good health!
I pray and trust that every one of you and your family members are well. Please be assured that your health, safety and spiritual well-being is top of our priorities. We pray each day, through the intercession of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, for an accelerated and lasting resolution to this rapidly unfolding pandemic.
Please know that we are committed to discover new pathways to pursue the mission of our Parish Church, to provide spiritual and pastoral care especially at this time of crisis and social distancing. I encourage you to visit our parish website: http://saintkateriparish.org/ and Facebook page daily: https://www.facebook.com/SaintKateriParishSantaClaritaCA/. and follow our daily live stream Masses and Prayers. While our parish church is currently closed please know that our domestic churches have opened up and have been hosting daily prayers via live stream.
We trust that you too will remain committed to support the mission of the Church. I encourage you to continue making your donations and to honor God with your kind generous hearts. Please mail your weekly contribution to the parish office or transition to online giving at: https://www.osvonlinegiving.com/1276. Also, you may drop off your offertory at the parish office through the door where there is a basket for your contributions.
Mindful that it is not just our parish that will experience the financial consequences of COVID-19, I also encourage you to support those who are most vulnerable and are on the frontline. Also, please join me in praying regularly the prayer to Saint Kateri Tekakwitha during this time of pandemic, which is now uploaded on our website and Facebook page.
Rest assured of my unceasing prayers for you and your family and know that I am here for you, as always, and especially during these difficult times.
Jesus We Trust In You!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Albert Avenido
Keeping You Current - March 25, 2020
A Letter from Father Albert
- Saint Kateri will provide a livestream of non-public Masses celebrated at 10 am on weekdays and 5:30 pm on Saturday, available through Sunday via the
Saint Kateri Facebook page
- The Act of Spiritual Communion
- The Prayer of Archbishop Gomez during this time of COVID-19 Pandemic