COVID UPDATE MESSAGE FROM FR BOB
NOV. 19, 2020
Dear Parish Family,
2020 has certainly been full of ups and downs and we now have new procedures to follow because of the pandemic. In all of this we cry out JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU!
Following the recommendation of the diocese, Saint Brendan will be following the stay at home advisory issued by the Franklin County Health department. This is prudent in the light of increasing numbers of COVID patients locally. We must do all we can to stop the spread, especially as we have a large congregation, a school and many active ministries. Keeping the church and school open are our top priorities.
The following policies will be effective immediately.
WORSHIP: Worship is at the heart of all that we do. Our current sacramental schedule including Mass, adoration, confessions, and baptisms will remain the same. The 10:45 AM Sunday Mass will continue to be live-streamed on our YouTube and Facebook pages. If you are not coming to Mass please make a concerted effort to participate through the livestream so that we remain united as a family of faith.
ADORATION CHAPEL: The Adoration Chapel is now open, but please remember to wear a face covering, keep socially distanced and sanitize your hands upon entering and exiting the chapel. A maximum of 6 people are permitted in the chapel at any time.
SCHOOL: St. Brendan School will continue on its current plan.
PARISH OFFICE: The Parish Office will continue to be open unless mandatory orders are issued.
MEETINGS: Other than the church and adoration chapel the campus will close at 6PM every day and there will be NO ON SITE meetings other than worship. All on site meetings at the parish are to be moved to virtual participation or canceled. This includes, for example, Men’s Group, Boy Scouts, American Heritage Girls, Bible study, and RCIA.
SPORTS / EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: The Diocesan Recreation Association has announced that all basketball practices and games are postponed. Other extracurricular actives are canceled or held remotely.
By the grace of God and love for one another we will come through this together.
People without a ticket at these early Masses will be turned away and asked to come to the 10 PM or on Christmas Day. Tickets will be available to parishioners only, beginning at noon on November 15 (a link will be sent through Flocknote) through December 1, if any tickets remain at that time we will open the reservation process to the public.
If you are immuno-compromised, or 65+, and would like to attend either of these Masses, please call the parish office, 614.876.1272, about reserving space in the cry room. (This space is extremely limited and available only to those immuno-comprised or 65+ and one caregiver/family member.)
I understand the frustration some people feel about not getting into the 4 PM ticketed masses. We simply cannot accommodate everyone. There is no point calling the office to try and change it – there is nothing the staff can do. There is still some room at the 6:30 PM masses and of course later and the next day. This is not a year when we can all cling to our traditions – the world is upside down right now. We have to make it work. Be safe, trust God and know that you are loved.
VOLUNTEERS FOR CHRISTMAS EVE MASSES ARE NEEDED!
If you are able to volunteer as parking lot attendants or seating ushers, please contact Teresa Whiteside at email@example.com and let her know if you can help at the 4 PM or 6:30 PM Mass and how many family members will be attending with you so that we can reserve you seats before tickets are released on November 15.
HELP US BRING CHEER!
CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
Did you know that more than 46 million Americans live below the poverty line? You can help by supporting the collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development at Mass! The CCHD Collection is November 21-22. CCHD is the national anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops. CCHD works to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families and communities. CCHD offers a hand up, not a hand out.
Return date for everything is December 6 so that items can be delivered in time for Christmas. This is an opportunity to reach out to someone in need beyond our own parish. If you have any questions, please contact Rhonda at 614.313.2066.
ATTENTION ALL 55 AND OLDER:
WELLNITZ HALL RENOVATION
THE MELCHIZEDEK PROJECT & AVOW
NOW MEETING VIRTUALLY VIA ZOOM
We have a new program for young men and women that began at Saint Brendan the Navigator on November 5th 2020.
Both are designed for young men and women 16 through mid-twenties. The groups help them discern whether the Priesthood or Religious Life is something that God is calling them too.
The Melchizedek Project is for young men. It is a national initiative and we are the third place to offer this group in the diocese. The meetings will be once a month. Every other month Fr. Hahn the Vocations Director will join us as well as our own Fr Brown. Zoom meetings are every 1st Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm and will last an hour.
The AVOW discernment group for young women discerning religious life follows the same format and meets on the same night. Zoom meetings run from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. The Polish Dominican sisters will be part of these meetings, as well as one or two lay volunteers.
CONGRATULATIONS & WELCOME DEACON YGLESIAS!
Deacon Doug Yglesias, the newest member of our parish clergy, is a disciple, son, father, husband, and grandfather. He was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Deacon Doug’s ministerial journey began with experiencing Christ in youth group when he was 16 years old. His passion is to serve others and accompany them on their journey of faith. Doug loves fishing, endurance sports, and hiking, no matter how far off the beaten path it may be. He and his wife Lisa, celebrating 28 years of marriage, have four children, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren, with one on the way.
Last year alone, 2,082 babies were born, loved, and nurtured by the Women’s Care Center moms of Columbus. And, their centers distributed over 37,000 diapers! Now with layoffs and so much fear, more women and their families are in need of tangible items like diapers.
To donate online, either text ColumbusBabies to 41444, scan the QR code, or visit donatewomenscarecenter.org
CAN YOU GIVE ONE HOUR?
PAPER BULLETINS NOW AVAILABLE
ALTER SERVERS, MC’S & EMHC’S NEEDED
ST BRENDAN IS BACK!
Manufactured in Italy, the new statue is made of poured bronze and is over 7 foot tall. Like many of us, 2020 has had an effect on St Brendan. We now feature the image of an older man rooted in place, with the wisdom of many years. The new statue reflects the experience of his voyages (the boat) and his passion for the gospel (the uplifted cross). It also reflects the fact that he undertook his voyages as an older man who was abbot of his community of Benedictine monks (the ring on his finger and his Benedictine robes).
We are moving #ONEstepcloser to completing our work and fundraising for the new construction, so please consider pledging if you haven’t done so already. Saint Brendan the Navigator pray for us!
2020 BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL
NEW MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY!
COMMUNION VISITS AT HOME
To sign up for these visits, please visit the pastoral care page on the website: https://www.stbrendans.net/care-and-consolation and fill out the communion at home form or contact Jennifer at the parish office 614.876.1272 ext 227. Visits will occur at least monthly depending on the number of EMHC’s available.
Speaking of needing EMHC’s …if you are a registered EMHC or if you would like to be trained to visit those at home for this ministry, we need you to serve with us once a month or more if you are able. Contact Jennifer for all of the details.
TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH FR ED SHIKINA
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ATTENDING MASS DURING THE PANDEMIC
- Numbers in church will be limited. We can only take about ½ of our capacity.
- Everyone must follow strict social distancing rules. Only sit in the pews labeled BLUE. Maintain 6 feet between yourself and the next family/individual.
- Once we reach capacity no one else will be able to enter.
WHEN IN CHURCH:
- People will not be able to chat in the gathering space before or after Mass.
- Please wear a mask while in the church.
- Please bring your own hand sanitizer to use in church before and after you touch anything. (we have some but our supply is limited.)
- The doors will be unlocked 10 minutes before Mass begins for people to come in.
- You must sit in the designated seats. Families and couples traveling to church together can sit together but there must be a 6 feet distance between them and others.
- You must have a seat in the church, you cannot stay in the gathering space.
- The number of people in the restrooms at any one time will be limited to two.
- Parents MUST accompany children under 7 to the bathroom and bring them back (this is to ensure they have washed their hands properly, do not dawdle in washroom or gathering space and return to the pew immediately with you. Remember, this is for their safety too!)
- The cry room is closed until life returns to normal. Its enclosed environment makes it suitable for confessions but not for multiple families.
DURING THE LITURGY:
- There will be no presentation of the gifts and the offertory will be placed in baskets as people leave.
- The Sign of Peace will not be restored until the pandemic has passed.
- The chalice will not be shared until the Bishop gives permission for it to be restored.
- The Communion lines will be altered to single file and the floor marked to encourage social distancing.
- Each section of pews will come forward as instructed to receive Holy Communion.
- Receiving Holy Communion in the hand is strongly encouraged for the time being. Every time someone receives on the tongue the minister will stop and disinfect their hands.
MUSIC & LIVE STREAMING:
- There will be no Missalettes or other literature in church because of the risk from the virus being passed through them.
- Screens are fitted to the ceiling, and the music etc. will be projected onto them. There will be new projectors to ensure good visibility on the screens.
- Live streaming equipment is installed in the church to replace our current temporary method. This will support older parishioners who may be asked to shelter in place again at a later date, our homebound, and those in our care facilities.
Please remember that if you are not well, are caring for someone who is sick, have underlying health conditions or are concerned about attending Mass you should stay at home.
We will continue to live stream Mass every day and you can make a spiritual communion. The dispensation from the Sunday obligation has been extended.
Please note that live-streaming will still happen at all masses for those uncertain or unable to come out. This will now be a regular feature of our worship together.
People are responsible for maintaining 6ft social distancing when in the church. No stopping in church or the gathering space to chat. Please arrive, pray and then leave. Anything left behind will be disposed of. These restrictions are necessary because we must be able to disinfect the entire church every day. They are designed for your safety. Our great hope is that this will not be needed for too much longer.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL
GROW YOUR FAITH FROM HOME!
Please be aware of communications via email or text or possibly even phone calls concerning alternate routing of your offertory. Some phony communications have been received by parishioners who thought that the situation was odd. They had the sense to contact their parish office and, in doing so, discovered that this was indeed a scam. Please do not become a victim to any type of financial scam. If you receive a communication about any financial aspect in relationship to your parish, school, or social outreach, please contact your parish office by phone to authenticate that communication.