Dear Parish Family of St. Benedict:

It is our 3rd week being back to Church and being able to receive the Eucharist. I cannot tell you how good it was to see you and to be with people in Church, gathering for worship, and being able to receive holy communion!

As you know we are still in the yellow phase.  Due to social distancing, we will continue to offer Confessions at the entrance of the Parish Center on Thursdays from 4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. and Saturday 2:30 – 3:45 PM.  Please don’t forget to wear a mask when you come to the church and for confession.

Also, I would like to thank all the volunteers for the terrific job done to provide a safe church to worship in, where all regulations for safety are in place. We are still making our way through a historic pandemic.  We continue to offer what is best for our parish community.  We thank you for understanding that the safety of everyone is of the highest priority. Please check the parish Facebook page and website for updates.  As your priest, I am extremely grateful for all the assistance, especially from our volunteers.

Thank you for your support of our parish. You can mail your Sunday offerings to the parish office. I am so very grateful for your goodness and generosity, especially during these difficult times.

God bless you,

Father Jose Elias

Estimada  familia parroquial de San Benito:
Esta es  nuestra tercera semana de regreso a la Iglesia y poder recibir la Eucaristía. ¡Que bueno fue verlos en persona en la Iglesia, reunidos para adorar y poder recibir la santa comunión!
Como saben, todavía estamos en la fase amarilla. Debido al distanciamiento social, continuaremos ofreciendo Confesiones en la entrada del Parish Center los jueves  de  4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. y sábado 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. Por favor no olvides usar una máscara cuando vengas a la iglesia y a confesarte.
Además, me gustaría agradecer a todos los voluntarios por el excelente trabajo realizado para proporcionar una Iglesia segura para adorar. Todavía estamos avanzando a través de una pandemia histórica. Continuamos ofreciendo lo mejor para nuestra comunidad parroquial. Le agradecemos que comprenda que la seguridad de todos es la máxima prioridad. Visite la página de Facebook y el sitio web de la parroquia para obtener actualizaciones. Como su sacerdote, estoy extremadamente agradecido por toda la ayuda, especialmente de parte de nuestros voluntarios.
Gracias por su apoyo a nuestra parroquia. Puede enviar sus ofrendas dominicales por correo a la oficina parroquial. Estoy muy agradecido por su bondad y generosidad, especialmente durante estos tiempos difíciles.
Dios te bendiga,
Padre José Elías

 

 

Welcome Back

Dear Saint Benedict Family,
Welcome in Christ! What a joy it is to re-open our church doors and welcome everyone back for public worship. While we have been connecting by technology through our online campus (which we will continue to do and develop), being together, even with social distancing mitigation requirements, brings my heart warmth and joy. It’s like the rhyme we learned as children: This the church, here is the steeple, open the doors, and see all the people.
Being together, present with each other brings all of us strength and joy. We need to hang on to that strength and joy, especially as we transition back to church.
Thank you for your support to our Church. You can mail your Sunday offerings to the Parish Office or bring it to the Church on Sunday. I am so very grateful for your goodness and generosity, especially during these days of the pandemic.
God bless you,
Father Jose Elias
Querida familia de San Benito
¡Bienvenidos en Cristo! Qué alegría es volver a abrir las puertas de nuestra iglesia y darles la bienvenida a todos para la adoración pública. Si bien nos hemos estado conectando por tecnología a través de nuestro campus en línea (lo que continuaremos haciendo y desarrollando), estar juntos, incluso con los requisitos de distanciamiento social, me brinda calidez y alegría. Es como la rima que aprendimos de niños: esta es la iglesia, aquí está el campanario, abre las puertas y ve a toda la gente.
Estar juntos, presentes el uno con el otro nos trae a todos fuerza y alegría. Necesitamos aferrarnos a esa fortaleza y alegría, especialmente a medida que hacemos la transición de regreso a la iglesia.
Gracias por su apoyo a nuestra Iglesia. Estoy muy agradecido por su bondad y generosidad, especialmente durante estos días de la pandemia.
Dios les bendiga,
Padre José Elías

Reopening of the Church

To Saint Benedict Parish Families

June 4, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, greetings to you and your family.  I hope all of you are doing well in this very difficult and challenging time for all.  In light of the move from the red phase to the yellow phase, our parish will resume the public celebration of Mass on June 13/14.

We are so excited to say, “Welcome Back!” We are very busy planning for your return to celebrate the Sacred Mass together with you in person! We have new social distancing and health safety measures in place in our church. We understand that not all our parishioners will be able to rejoin us in person at this time and we will continue to offer our live-streaming Masses on weekends. Bishop Gainer’s dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is still in effect.

The Safety of all is the highest priority. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, or you are a high-risk person please stay home at this time. The schedule of the Mass for June 13/14 is as follows:  Saturday at 4:00 PM, and Sunday 9:00 AM, English, and 11:00 AM Spanish.  Weekday Mass will be celebrated in our church beginning on Monday, June 15 at 9:00 AM.  Since we will be in church, you will need to wear a facemask. What a joy it will be to gather together for Mass!!

Confessions will resume Thursday, June 11 from 4 PM to 6:30 PM, Friday, June 12 from 5 PM to 7 PM. Please enter via the elevator entrance. Saturday, June 13 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM will be at the Parish Center because of social distancing and safety for all of us.

 Please take Additional precautions for this yellow phase: When you come to the Church for Mass you will see some changes.  These changes are momentarily.  You will see some pews closed due to social distancing and safety.  If you are with your family you can sit together. If you are not with family, we ask that you sit six feet from each other.

While in church, you must wear a mask and keep it on at all times, with the exception of while receiving Holy Communion. For children two years and under, it will be at the discretion of the parents to wear it.

The entrance of the church will be through the elevator doors and the exit will be through the main entrance of the church. Also, for those who need to use the elevator to exit you can do that, and an usher will be there to help you.  Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance doors or you can bring your own.  An usher will show you where to sit once you arrive for Mass. This is to ensure social distancing is maintained and to seat as many people as possible. Seating is first-come, first-served.

 Holy Communion will be distributed once Mass has ended. Social distancing is extremely important, but particularly when proceeding to receive Holy Communion. The ushers and floor markings will assist with this process. Once you receive Holy Communion you will exit the Church immediately.  The reason for this is to give our sanitization crew sufficient time to prepare the Church for the next Mass. If anyone is attending Mass outside the Church (via Facebook), the priests will distribute Holy Communion at that location outside the Church when the mass has ended.

Parish Campus remains closed to any public meetings until further notice. Please keep an eye out on our website and social media for additional information!

Prayers and blessings,

Father Jose Elias