26th Sunday of Ordinary Time Update

09-27-2020Pastor's LetterVery Rev. Richard W. Fitzgerald, V. F.

First Holy Communion...As many of you know, our schedule this past spring for the celebration of First Holy Communion got upended by the pandemic. The new dates for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion have been set.

Children who were in our school and CCD program for these sacraments will receive the Sacraments in three different sessions. First Reconciliation will be held on Tuesday, October 6, Wednesday, October 7, and Thursday, October 8 at 3:30 pm each day in the Upper Church. First Holy Communion Mass will be held on Saturday, October 24 at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, and 1:00 pm. COVID-19 protocols will be maintained. Parents and guardians will be notified by school and CCD administration as to which session each child may attend for each

Father Matthew Norwood who for the past two years was a Transitional Deacon here at St. Columbkille’s and was ordained on August 1, will return to our parish this Sunday, September 27 to celebrate the 10:00 am Mass in English and the 12:00 pm Mass in Spanish. All are welcome to attend. We look forward to the return of “Father Matt”.

New windows... We are very grateful to an anonymous donor whose gift enabled us to replace all the windows at the back of the rectory over the past two weeks. The windows were in dire need of replacement, being held in place by brackets and causing a great loss of heat in the winter. Blessings to the donor and to all who contribute to the support of our parish in many different ways.

As has happened over the past several weeks since our reopening, last weekend’s Masses went very well. We had 469 people who came to the Masses and our volunteers, as in previous weekends, were very helpful in coordinating the various safety requirements. We are also grateful for the prayerful and financial support of parishioners who have not yet been able to attend Mass. As we move into the next phases of reopening, you will be informed of any changes to our procedures.