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Important Information from the Diocese of Palm Beach
In a recent letter to Priests and the faithful, Bishop Gerald Barbarito acknowledges that since numbers are increasing, social distancing would be hard to maintain during the Christmas and Easter Masses. Therefore to accommodate the needs of those present for Mass, masks will be required for all who enter the Church effective as of now.” He states “It is also well to remind the faithful of the dispensation from the obligation of Sunday Mass which remains in place should anyone feel uncomfortable to attend, especially if there may be a larger attendance.”
We ask for your cooperation, and we continue praying for a return to normalcy in our lives and the life of the Church.
Letter on the celebration of the liturgy during and after the COVID 19 pandemic to the Presidents of the Episcopal Conferences of the Catholic Church - Robert Card. Sarah, Prefect
The pandemic caused by the Covid 19 virus has produced upheavals not only in social, family, economic, educational, and work dynamics, but also in the life of the Christian community, including the liturgical dimension. To prevent the spread of the virus, rigid social distancing was necessary, which had repercussions on a fundamental trait of Christian life. . . .This Congregation is deeply grateful to the Bishops for their commitment and effort in trying to respond in the best possible way to an unforeseen and complex situation.
As soon as circumstances permit, however, it is necessary and urgent to return to the normality of Christian life, which has the church building as its home and the celebration of the liturgy, especially the Eucharist, as “the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed, at the same time it is the font from which all her power flows” (SC, 10).
Aware the God never abandons the humanity He has created, and that even the hardest trials can bear fruits of grace, we have accepted our distance from the Lord’s altar as a time of Eucharistic fasting, useful for us to rediscover its vital importance, beauty and immeasurable preciousness. As soon as is possible, however, we must return to the Eucharist with a purified heart, with a renewed amazement, with an increased desire to meet the Lord, to be with him, to receive him and to bring him to our brothers and sisters with the witness of a life full of faith, love, and hope. . . . Continued….
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR STEADFAST PARISHIONERS
Thank you for your continuing financial support through online e-Giving, and mailing your Envelopes to the Parish Office during social distancing restrictions. Our Church has returned to a normal Mass schedule, and we are happy that you can again come and be strengthened by the Body of Christ.
May God continue to bless and protect you and your loved ones.
WELCOME BACK TO OUR EUCHARISTIC CELEBRATION
Dear Parish Family,
Please consider e-Giving. e-Giving is an easy, fast and secure way of automatically giving your offertory or other contributions online using your checking account, credit card, or debit card. The convenience of not having to worry about weekly envelopes or writing a check before you rush to attend Sunday Mass is absolutely valuable for many parishioners.
e-Giving guarantees the delivery of your offering on a timely basis, and in a predetermined fashion designed by you. This saves the Parish the continuing escalating cost of printing and mailing envelopes. However, you may still request envelopes if you so desire.
If you decide that this is a convenient and time-saving way of making your offertories, please click HERE to register. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our Accounting Department at 561-483-2440 Ext 1418.
Thank you for supporting your Parish. May God richly bless you.
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SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Saturday from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Thank you to all of you who have supported the DSA in the past, and have helped our Parish to meet its goal. The funds collected helped our Diocese of Palm Beach in assisting those in need the most, and provided funding for the various programs throughout the Diocese, from Catholic Charities to Seminarians formation. Please, consider participating in such a charitable endeavor as an expression of personal gratitude for the Lord’s countless blessings.
Our Parish Goal for year 2021 is $168,000.
BECOME A CCD CATECHIST
Please consider volunteering in our Religious Ed program during the next school year. We are always in need of teachers, assistants, office help, and traffic monitors. Teen Helpers are also needed. Help bring our children closer to Jesus. We will train you.
Serving at the Altar and assisting the Priest at Mass is an awesome privilege that allows children who have made their first communion to grow closer to God and serve the Church. Altar Servers get a “behind the scenes” look at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass that few others will ever have. It is a great honor and a commitment on the part of the server and their families.
Anyone who is interested in serving should contact the Parish Office at 561-483-2440 to sign up for .
Volunteering is a rewarding way to serve your community. It challenges your spirit, fills your heart and enriches your life. Yours may be a renewed sense of purpose or possibly work to fill idle moments. Maybe it’s the opportunity to touch someone on a heartfelt level and be touched in return. If you would like to serve, please contact the Parish Office at 561-483-2440.
Office of Safe Environments
A Letter from the Bishop
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
In response to the unacceptable matter of sexual abuse by priests and others working on behalf of the Church, the Diocese of Palm Beach has joined with its sister dioceses in condemning this behavior and instituting procedures and programs to protect children and vulnerable adults. The Diocese of Palm Beach has pledged to promote healing for victims and continues to refine its efforts to provide a safe environment for all, through its Office of Safe Environment. The Diocese of Palm Beach follows the requirements set out by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The USCCB regularly conducts audits in each Diocese and the Diocese of Palm Beach has been found to be in compliance in every instance. All staff and volunteers, including clergy and religious, go through criminal background checks and screening coordinated by the Office of Safe Environment. All are required to complete VIRTUS training and every staff person and volunteer is rescreened every five years. Any priest coming from outside the Diocese for a short period of time is required to present proof of good standing and priests who will be remaining for longer assignments must follow the same procedures as any other employee or volunteer.
All allegations of misconduct are investigated and any priest or other person found to be the subject of a credible allegation will be promptly removed from ministry. You may be sure that legal requirements for mandatory report of child abuse are followed and appropriate referrals are made to law enforcement authorities. Finally, the Diocese of Palm Beach follows the procedures of canon law in dealing with priests and others who have committed misconduct.
If you or someone you know, is a victim of sexual abuse by any person (clergy, religious or lay) acting on behalf of the Church, please contact us. The staff of the Office of Safe Environment is here to help anyone seeking assistance and wholeness. The Diocese of Palm Beach is committed to promoting healing and reconciliation and responding effectively and responsibly to allegations of abuse.
I ask you to pray for victims who have suffered because of this abuse. May Almighty God bless our continued efforts to protect children and vulnerable adults from harm.
With gratitude for your support and prayers in this and every matter, and with every prayerful wish, I am
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Gerald M. Barbarito
Bishop of Palm Beach
A person receiving an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult by Church Personnel must immediately report the allegation. Our policy requires priests to report allegations that are made in a spiritual counseling context, even though the law exempts ministers from the requirement of reporting. The only exception to this is the confidentiality of the confessional. At the outset, alleged victims and/or families should be informed of this requirement. Continued …..
Florida Department Of Health Guidelines
The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness. Wash your hands with soap & water. Cover your coughs & sneezes with your arm, not your hands. If you’re sick, stay at home & avoid crowds.
Know the symptoms of #COVID19:
– Shortness of breath
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, contact a medical professional and visit the Florida Department of Health website for more info.
Support our Parish by Advertising your Business in our Parish Bulletin.
DID YOU KNOW…The weekly bulleting of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church is provided by J.S.Paluch Company to us at no cost. The bulletin is solely funded by the support of the local business community through business sponsorships. In order to continue to receive this complimentary bulletin, and many of the other benefits J.S.Paluch provides our church, we are looking for additional sponsorships to fill up the open space on our three sponsorship pages.
If you own a business, know of someone who does, or just want to celebrate an anniversary, birthday or special occasion, please consider promoting the business or event in our church bulletin.
For more information on the sponsorship program, please contact our J.S.Paluch representative, Mr. Patrick Falco. He can be reached by email at email@example.com, or directly by phone at 910-200-8383. We thank you for your consideration and support.