Pastor’s Weekly Message 6-13-20

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission,

It is with pleasure that I can announce that we will be opening the Mission for a limited celebration of Mass on Sunday, June 21.

As we have discussed for several weeks now, there will be significant changes in how we access the church and celebrate Mass here at Mission to safeguard the health of our parishioners and staff. I urge you to visit our website, to view our Advisory Page. This will have the most comprehensive and up to date information. Please check this regularly and,  if you choose to attend Mass on June 21, please review it carefully before coming to the Mission.
We will be creating a brief video to demonstrate our new procedures for the celebration of Mass and help you to have an idea of what to expect should you choose to attend Mass on June 21.

A few important things to note:

  • There will be two Masses at 7:30am and 11am starting on June 21.
  • Capacity for each mass will be a maximum of 100 people total.
  • Please arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before the start time of Mass, and not later than 10 minutes before. Access will be granted on a first come, first served  basis and will close when we meet capacity for each Mass.
Our streaming Mass will continue. Per Diocesan guidelines, those with underlying health conditions and those over the age of 65 should not attend the Mass in person. The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in place.  We encourage all those in these high risk groups and anyone who feels in any way uncomfortable to attend Mass to remain safe at home and attend the streaming Mass to continue to pray together with our community.
As you can imagine, we are facing many unknown variables as we attempt re-opening. We are keenly aware of the continued threat posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking every measure possible to ensure the safety of our parishioners and our staff.  We ask for your continued patience and attention as we work to safely welcome you back for the celebration of Mass.
Again, I ask you to regularly visit our Advisory Page for more complete information and direct anyone with questions on our re-opening to visit there as well. 
I thank you for your ongoing support, and look forward to continuing to pray for our world together whether online or in person.

Fr. Paul

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