July 23, 2020
St. Bridget of Sweden
When I wrote you four months ago, I believed that the current health crisis would be far behind us by now. Although we are in much better shape than most of the country, there are places that appear to be climbing again.
Know that you are still not forgotten. I remember you all at all of my Masses, Adoration, and prayers. Our Catholic faith reassures us that near or far we remain united by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and our common Baptism. I know that many of you have no computer or internet, so I want to take this time to update you on our current schedule.
During the height of the pandemic, I had drive-through Confessions. In that time, I had the great privilege of hearing hundreds of confessions from near and far. People came from Cape Cod, Warwick, Berkley, and everywhere in between – rain or shine, hot or cold, and even a few times – snow. It was truly a grace filled experience. On July 18th Confessions returned to the church.
When Bishop Tobin gave permission to return to the public celebration of Mass, I thought that we would be overwhelmed. We set up lines along the east side of the church marked off with 6’ social distancing, along with meticulously cleaning pews, doors and other surfaces between Masses all with the aim of keeping everyone safe. It is understandable that some people do not want to take a health risk, others are still afraid to return, and I wouldn’t want anyone to come back before they feel it is safe to do so. It appears that we will not be back to normal for quite a while.
Having gone several weeks since reopening, and seeing that we are consistently less than half our normal attendance, I have decided to cut back one Mass on Sunday. We will reconsider when everything gets back to the “new” normal. Starting on August 1st, the Mass schedule will be as follows: 4:30 pm (Saturday anticipation); 7:30 am, and 9:00 am (EF). For your convince, a full schedule is on a separate page.
Thank you once again for your continued and generous support. Some parishes are in serious trouble, but because of your generosity we are able to continue the mission of the Church at Holy Ghost. May the Lord bless you abundantly.
Know that if you need me during this time of crisis I am here. Call or stop by if you need me. God willing this will pass soon so that we can return to some normalcy. Please pray for me and for one another!
God love you,
Fr. Jay A. Finelli,