DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS, BISHOP JENKY HAS SUSPENDED ALL MASSES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Dear friends in Christ,
Peace be with you.
I want to inform you of some very important news regarding directives our Bishop is giving in the face of the Coronavirus.
First, the measures I am about to relate are being done in the spirit of prudence. They are not intended to invoke the feeling of panic, but the feeling of doing what we can as a Church & society to help prevent the further spreading of this virus. I encourage you to continue to avail yourselves to the information and guidance of those involved on the front lines of this pandemic. I found listening to some YouTube videos of experts (people who have spent their lifetime working with such things) very informative and helpful. Let’s keep ourselves well informed.
Secondly, I realize while one might agree with some of these measures being taken, know they come from our Bishop who offers them in good faith. Let us as obedient sons and daughters follow his lead and pray for him and all involved in responding to the situation - including our president - in a special way as they discern our path in the weeks ahead.
Thirdly, I do not know how long this will last. It may be for only a short time but the situation is pretty fluid. I will keep you informed as best I can. (Please read attached letter from the Bishop.)
In the meantime, let us pray for one another. It is quite a sacrifice but it comes at a time when we are called to sacrifice (Lent). May these days draw us ever closer to the Lord in our personal prayer where we may find strength, hope and reassurance.
Msgr. Michael Bliss
The following measures are effective March 14th
- All public Masses are suspended until further notice. This includes weekend and weekday Masses. The Obligation to participate in Sunday Mass is lifted. Individuals are encouraged to watch the Mass on TV or via the internet.
- Stations of the Cross are suspended until further notice.
- All parish events are suspended until further notice. This includes CCD classes, the Senior Luncheon, our Lenten series, the K of C meetings, Youth Group Pancake Breakfast – everything.
- Induvial appointments with me however will continue. Feel free to reach out to me as you normally do.
- Some of the small groups – for example, the Cursillo reunion groups and Book Club are welcome to meet in someone’s home if you wish to.
- The parish office will maintain its normal hours during this time.
St Philomena Church Only
As normal, the church will remain open for individual prayer from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Confessions on Saturdays will continue from 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. or by appointment. Instead of the Communal Penance Service that was scheduled for March 26th at 6:30 p.m. – induvial confessions will be heard by Msgr. Bliss during this time.
The offering of Holy Communion (the Sacrament) will be offered by appointment by Msgr. Mike (217) 762 – 2566.
In light of the suspension of all Masses effective today, I want to encourage you to reach out to those people you know who do not have email accounts and share this news with them. I appreciate your help in this way. (The obligation to participate in Mass is lifted. If one is unable to watch Mass on the tv or internet – they are not guilty of sin. I would strongly encourage however one make an honest effort to avail themselves to the resources provided.)
Msgr. Michael Bliss
To watch the Sunday Mass on tv you may try the following:
EWTN weekend Mass schedule includes: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.
The channel will vary from the various providers. Please consult your tv provider for channel number.
Some channels include:
AT&T – 562
Mediacom – 094
C-Band Satellite – G1-11
Direct Tv 370
Dish – 261
WBUI – also known as the CW network have Mass on channel 23 at 8:00 a.m. Sunday
CW network from paid providers – please consult your provider for channel listing.
In addition you can get further information about available Mass listings on tv from the Peoria diocese’s website: cdop.org
The Mass may also be viewed on various internet sites. It may not be “live” but a recorded Mass which is fine.