PHASED CHURCH REOPENING BEGINNING MONDAY, MAY 18, 2020
Important Message From Bishop Barbarito
Link to video and letter from Bishop Barbarito
As of Monday, May 18, the churches in the Diocese of Palm Beach will be open for private prayer and visits by the faithful. Chapels, because of their limited capacity, will remain closed. Each parish will determine what hours during the day the church will be open. Personal appointments for the Sacrament of Reconciliation will still be available, but each parish may also set up an appointed time for the hearing of confessions within the church. Special rooms will be set up for this and, as in all visits to the church, social distancing, both in the celebration of the sacrament and while waiting, will need to be observed. It is highly recommended that facemasks be worn for private visits and for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
As of Monday, May 25, the normal weekday Mass schedule will resume in each parish for attendance by the faithful. The parish church, not its chapel, will be the place for these celebrations. The protocols that will be utilized for Sunday Mass will also be observed for the celebration of daily Mass. Please click on "Link to video and letter from Bishop Barbarito" above to read complete letter which includes the protocols.
As of Sunday, May 31, Pentecost Sunday, the normal Sunday Mass schedule will resume in each parish for attendance by the faithful.
Link to video and letter from Bishop Barbarito
Link to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Website
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.
Link to Florida Department Of Health Website
GENERAL PREVENTION CHART
Diocesan Prayer for God’s Protection in the face of the Coronavirus Pandemic
Loving and gracious God, as in all times, we turn to You and implore Your protection and healing as we face a new threat to our health and peaceful well-being in the coronavirus pandemic before us.
Help us to be united with each other and with all of our brothers and sisters around the world affected by this illness.
We pray for all those in the medical field who are assisting patients and in the field of science who are discerning a cure, as well as for all government leaders.
Remember those who, through this virus, have passed from this life as well as their families in their loss.
At this time of fragile uncertainty, we also humbly implore You to grant us prudence, hope, courage and patience.
Dispel from us fear, panic and distrust which disrupt us in spirit to the detriment of our well-being.
We make our prayer in the name of your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who always cured those who were sick with various diseases and drove out many demons.
Our Lady, Patroness of our Diocese, Queen of the Apostles and Comforter of the Afflicted, pray for us.
LOURDES GROTTO & PRAYER GARDEN
CONSTRUCTION IN PROGRESS
Thank you for your support in our efforts to build a Grotto and Prayer Garden to honor our patroness, Our Lady of Lourdes. As the Parish continues its mission, please consider supporting the building of the Lourdes Grotto and Prayer Garden so we could secure all the needed funds for its completion. The Blue envelopes for this purpose could be found in Church. Please, continue supporting this lasting memorial of our faith and devotion to Blessed Mary. We rely solely on your generous contributions and prayers to bring to completion this wonderful testimonial of our Catholic faith.
Pavers ----------------------------------------- $150 each
For Naming and Memorial Opportunities Please contact the Parish Office at (561) 483 2440
Homily For The 7th Sunday Of Easter
Belongingness to God, Take Care Of Your Spiritual Life
This 7th Sunday of Easter gives us the awesome truth that Jesus Christ Himself said, we belong to God. In Him, we are given to the Father and Father accepts us in His Son. Let us never take for granted our spiritual life. Let us strive to grow in our journey of virtues, of righteousness, and have self-discipline. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to come and continue His work of sanctification in our lives.
Spiritual Rain During a Spiritual Drought
I have made a number of vlogs during this lockdown of the pandemic crisis. I made this as our final or concluding vlog. Let us always be grateful to the Lord and let us always be bearers of joy to others especially when bad times come. Thank you for watching, please continue to follow us in our channel. God bless!
Final Vlog During Lockdown - Gratefulness: Be bearers of Joy to others
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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Why is it important to Catholics to keep Sunday as a
special and holy day? (part 2)
For a Catholic, the Sunday Eucharist must be the most important religious exercise of the week. In it, we offer our lives in sacrifice with Jesus to the Father, thereby participating directly in the great mysteries of our faith.
The Catholic parish, shepherded by the priest under the authority of the diocesan bishop, is the ordinary setting for Sunday worship and is central to the preparation for and celebration of all the Sacraments. While Sunday is the time for worship, it is also an occasion for rest and relaxation. We should make time to be with one another in meals, conversation and activities that deepen family life. “Every Christian should avoid making unnecessary demands on others that would hinder them from observing the Lord’s Day.
Traditional activities (sports, restaurants, etc.), and social necessities (public services, etc.), require some people to work on Sundays, but everyone should still take care to set aside sufficient time for leisure” (CCC, no. 2187; cf. no. 2186). The Eucharistic celebration does not stop at the church door. Those who participate at Mass carry their joy, faith, and concern for others from the Mass into the rest of the day, and indeed into the week that follows.
You can read more from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, order your own copy, or read questions about it at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website.
IF SOMEONE IS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER, CALL 911
Florida Abuse Hotline: 1-800-962-2873
Website - www.myflfamilies.com
Victim Assistance Coordinator 561-801-0999
ARE YOU AN ACTIVE PARISHIONER?
A Parish is not simply a "branch office" of the Church, nor a periodic audience of people, nor an occasional public; but it is a formally organized social group. It is a portion of a Diocese under the authority of a priest legitimately appointed to secure in virtue of his office for the faithful dwelling therein, the helps of religion.
The faithful are called parishioners, and they become parishioners by acquiring a domicile or a quasi-domicile within the geographical boundaries or territory of the Parish.
Parishioners could be active parishioners or non active parishioners, and the question of parishioner status is important because parishioners look to their Parish for many services:
parishioner tuition rates in our Catholic schools; the use of our facilities for liturgical services such as baptisms, weddings and funerals; and certification as eligible sponsors at Sacramental celebrations.
These rights and services within the church bring with them certain obligations, as in any form of community.
To be considered “active,” a parishioners must be registered in the parish; attend Mass faithfully; support the life of the parish by sharing time and talents in service, and sharing treasure (tithing) to build up the community. Active participation in Christian Stewardship makes you an ACTIVE parishioner.
2020 Diocesan Services Appeal
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 goal for this year is $177,000. No matter how large or small the amount, your participation will help our Catholic Church build a better world, as Christ taught us.
Please click HERE to read letter from Bishop Barbarito
We publish the Banns of Marriage for:
Bryan Schmidt & Bridget Gramlic - Sept 26, 2020
Robert Calabro & Diana Nin - Nov 21, 2020
Brett Morreale & Amanda Valdalez - Nov 21, 2020
VOCATIONS CHALICE PROGRAM
Contact the Knights of Columbus, Jack Viadero, at (561) 483-2440, to receive the Vocations Chalice to pray throughout the week for vocations.
St. Bernadette's Place
Wednesdays 10:00 - Noon
St. Bernadette's place is our Parish Food Pantry, and it is supported by the generosity and donations our parishioners. We are happy to provide assistance to those who live within the Parish community boundaries. If you are requesting assistance please provide:
- Picture I.D with your current address - e.g. Drivers's License
- One additional form of documentation with your address
We thank all our parishioners who support us with their donations of imperishable items and financial assistance. May you be richly blessed. Christ's Poor & Hungry Apostolate.
WILLS & BEQUESTS
A Bequest, a gift of money or assets left through your will, is vital to your Parish Church and the people the Church serves. It is a unique gift and an investment in the future. By leaving a bequest you are making a lasting difference in the life of the Parish community.
Our Lady of Lourdes welcomes charitable donations made by bequest through your Will or through Trust. In remembering our Church you also leave a lasting legacy.
There are various forms of bequests that you may make. For example, the proceeds of an unrestricted bequest may be used where needed, whereas a restricted bequest specifies the use of the donation. Bequests may come in the form of a specific dollar amount, securities, real estate, tangible property, and retirement account assets. A residuary bequest allows Our Lady of Lourdes to receive all or a percentage of your estate after all obligations have been met. If a Will or Trust already exists, an amendment can be done by an attorney through a document called a codicil, which adds a new bequest.
Our Lady of Lourdes is a charitable, not-for-profit institution; therefore, all bequests are fully deductible for estate tax purposes.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a program designed to instruct children in kindergarten through 5th grade on Sunday during the readings and homily of the Mass. The children are escorted out of the Church after opening prayers, just before the first reading, to a room behind the sacristy – The Holy Family Room. There, the children hear and learn about the same readings the adults hear during Mass. The difference is that the readings are then worded in language that the children can readily understand. They learn the background and/or reasons for the readings and what they mean. In addition, Church etiquette is stressed.
If you are interested in participating in the program, either as an instructor or aide, your stepping forward would be greatly appreciated and welcomed.
Please contact the Main Office in the CFC Building with your name and contact number. We look forward to hearing from you.
ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED
Serving the Altar during Mass is an awesome privilege that allows Altar Servers to grow closer to God in a very unique way. Not many people could be that close to the holy sacrifice of the Mass when it is offered by the Priest but Altar Servers and clergy.
Altar Servers should be Baptized and have received their First Communion. The minimum age is 8 or in 3rd grade.
Boys and girls who wish to become Altar Servers should be mature enough to understand their responsibilities, and to carry them out with reverence.
Don’t miss this great honor. Call the Religious Education Office at 561 483 2440 ext 1429.
USHERS NEEDED - 5PM MASS
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. Consider becoming a Church usher and greeter at the 5:00PM Mass. If you would like to serve and coordinate the Ushers at the Mass, please contact the Parish office at (561) 483 2440.
May 10, 2020 May 17, 2020 May 24, 2020
ADVERTISE IN OUR BULLETIN
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or directly by phone at 910-200-8383. We thank you for your consideration and support.