From Fr. Ron
In the Star Trek series, the Next Generation, Jean-Luc Picard, the captain of the starship Enterprise, would give the command “engage” to send the crew to its next adventure. “Engage”, at noon, June 30, One In Christ
Area Catholic Community began its journey.
A ship is one of the images for the Church. Jesus is with us as we navigate the calm waters and especially in the turbulent waters, offering us his reassuring love and protection. Perhaps we can imagine a spaceship as an image for the Church, as we face challenges in what seems like warp speed.
As your pastors, Fr. Tom, Fr. Doug, and I join you in this exciting new venture. While our rotating of weekend Masses provides variety for all involved, it will be a challenge for us to get to know you. On behalf of
Fr. Tom and Fr. Doug, I thank you for your warm reception. Consider having fun making a name tag to wear at parish functions.
Our ACC Planning Council has been developing strategies for: Stewardship, RCIA and Evangelization, Young Adults, and Worship. Currently the council is looking for parishioners to help carry out the vision. If interested in
any of the above areas, please contact your parish office.
Today begins the first edition of our joint bulletin. The bulletin will capture event highlights in our ACC. Over the weeks various voices will write in this column, giving a perspective of ministry and/or life. Take the time to visit our website for more news from the parishes. Contact parish offices to make sure you are on the list for emails and texts. Also check out Facebook pages. And yes, there will also be phone calls, so make sure we have your phone number!
While we venture together in new directions, we are also challenged to uphold or to reimagine the traditions of each parish. Being in uncharted space hiccups will happen. All questions and answers are not known. Patience and understanding will help us greatly as we develop this new vision of pastoral ministry.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, guide us; Mary, mother of God, pray for us; St. Francis Xavier, pray for us; St. Stephen, pray for us. Come Holy Spirit inspire our ACC!
As we move closer to the welcoming of a new pastor, I want to share with you the latest on Mass scheduling for our parish community and our One in Christ Area Catholic Community. These changes will take place starting on July 1, 2020.
Starting that Wednesday, weekday Masses here at St. Francis Xavier will be on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8:00 am.
Once school starts, the Friday Mass will be at 8:30 am.
The weekend Masses will be at 5:00 pm on Saturday and 9:30 am on Sunday.
Please note that the one Sunday Mass is temporary and that it will move back to two Masses on Sunday, at 8:30 am and 10:30 am at a date yet to be determined.
This new schedule will change the number of Mass intentions that can be offered here at St. Francis. Please be advised that you may not get the date you want for a particular Mass.
Here is the Mass schedule for our One in Christ Area Catholic Community, effective July 1, 2020:
Annunciation Parish in Mayhew Lake: Monday and Thursday mornings at 8:30 am and Sunday morning at 8:30 am.
St. Stephen Parish in St. Stephen: Tuesday at 5:30 pm and Thursday at 8:30 am and Saturday at 7:00 pm and Sunday at 10:30 am.
Sacred Heart in Sauk Rapids: Tuesday at 5:30 pm and Wednesday and Friday at 8:00 am and Saturday at 5:00 pm and Sunday at 9:00 am
(Please note that the Sunday schedule is temporary and will change to two Masses at a date to be determined.)
LOW GLUTEN ALTAR BREAD
As many of you know, altar breads need to be made from water and wheat flour only. Because of that, people who are gluten intolerant cannot receive Holy Communion. Many of them cannot receive from the common cup because people who drink from the cup before them will have partaken of the wheat altar breads. In recent years, however, the Church has approved low gluten altar breads. These altar breads contain less than 0.01% gluten content. Many people who are gluten intolerant are able to receive these altar breads. However, it is always a good idea for people with gluten intolerance to check with the doctor before receiving them.
We would like to offer these low gluten altar breads.
Here is the procedure we will follow:
1. Before Mass please identify yourself to the priest that you would like a low gluten altar bread. If at all possible, please try to identify yourself at least five minutes before Mass starts.
2. At Communion time, please come up to Father and identify yourself as needing the low gluten altar bread. this low gluten altar bread will be in a separate pyx (special container to hold the consecrated altar bread) so that it does not touch any other gluten altar breads. The priest will hold up the pyx and say, as usual, “The Body of Christ,” to which you shall response, as usual, “Amen.” The priest will then flip the pyx over so that host is placed on your hand. If there is more than one person receiving the low gluten altar bread, you may be asked to pick up the host yourself after saying Amen. This may be done since the priest cannot hold the low gluten altar bread since his fingers will have touched the other hosts.
If you have any questions about this, please contact me.