Dear Sisters and Brothers –
As God answers our prayers, and as our diligence in social distancing and wearing masks takes effect, the County of San Francisco is carefully relaxing its gathering restrictions. As you know, we have begun to have outdoor Mass on Saturday afternoon, and we are anticipating being able to add an indoor Mass very soon. Early next week, we will look at our experience of the Saturday afternoon Mass and of offering Communion after our Sunday Mass, then make some decisions about the eventual indoor Mass[es]. As we have done before, we will make our decisions for a month at a time, in order for clarity of communication.
A critical consideration for our eventual Mass schedule will be whether or not enough parishioners volunteer to help. We need people to help check in worshippers, lector, and be a Eucharistic minister. In our experience of the outdoor Mass from last week to this week, there was a significant drop-off in willingness to help and to serve; we may simply not have enough people to offer Mass.
And that is just fine. It makes complete sense to me if, in the interest of protecting your health, you make the choice to wait for a vaccine or until there is more evidence of the virus abating. Each must make such decisions in light of his or her unique circumstances. And no matter our decision, Jesus is with us. As Fr. John made clear last Pentecost when preaching about Jesus appearing to the disciples in the locked upper room after his resurrection, Jesus is not bound by anything in his efforts to be with us. He doesn’t need a church or a Mass or even bread and wine. So, please make the decision that is best for you and your family with trust in your good will and your ability to hear God’s quiet voice in your heart, as well as with complete confidence that Jesus will continue to be with you.
If you are interested in coming to Mass Saturday at 4:00p.m. or at 5:00 p.m. and/or receiving Communion after the Sunday live stream, please visit our website to register at www.stignatiussf.org. And, if you are interested in serving at Mass, please let Maggie know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May God bless you and keep you safe.
Oremus pro invicem,