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8/6 Update from Fr. Dale

Thursday; August 6, 2020

Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord

Dear parishioner and friend of SFX,

Greetings!  I hope that you are doing well… Just an update on some things going on in your parish.  We now have new First Communicants and new Confirmandi… these long awaited celebrations have occurred and we welcome our young people into a new phase of being an active Catholic member.  Congrats to their parents, sponsors, catechists and so many others who prepared and celebrated these holy sacraments.  In fact, I am attaching my homily, at the end of this letter, which contains some wonderful quotes from the 8th graders at the Confirmation Mass.  Both celebrations were very touching.  Thanks to the Prayer Blanket Ladies for making facial coverings in the proper liturgical color for us to have as we gathered safely.

On another matter, I feel it is very important to remind everyone who comes to Mass to please take your temperatures at home before coming as well as the need to stay at home if showing any, even slight, symptoms of COVID19.  As we are learning, some people can have the virus but not show any symptoms.  This makes it extremely difficult to make a decision on attending.  Likewise being around someone else who ends up testing positive puts anyone in a precarious situation… do I attend or not attend?  It is always best to err on the side of caution when it comes to this situation: refrain from attending mass on campus for a least a weekend.  Doing that Act of Wisdom and Compassion serves the needs of the other person … and we have been all about that for the last 2,000 years of Christianity.

I pray that you have a great weekend! 

In Christ the Cornerstone,

Father Dale