The young ladies in our JCDA Ministry have prayed and chosen to partake in “Blue Sunday” which is on April 25th. A national day of prayer set aside for abused children. The prayers are for intentions of the abused to be rescued, to be placed with caring people, to heal their minds and bodies, to find hope and to pray for those who rescue them.
Sunday, April 25this Blue Sunday. The JCDA plan to pray and have a balloon release in the church parking lot that day at 6:30pm. We would like to extend the invitation to the Parish. We invite everyone to come and bring your balloons and help us pray.
Blessed Sacrament First Communion
Sunday, May 2, 2021 to be celebrated in two separate Mass Times. First 11:30am and the Second at 2:00pm.
Blessed Sacrament Confirmation
Sunday, May 16, 2021 to be celebrated at 12:00pm.
Beginning on Mother’s Day, May 9th, Father Damian will be praying the Litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary and special prayers for all mothers deceased and living. If you would like for your mother to be mentioned and prayed for during the novena please use one of the following options to include her name during the novena.
1) Write the name on a piece of paper and drop it in the box at the entrance of the church.
2) Call us at the office 830-484-3302.
How Appropriate That Our Blessed Virgin Mary will be Crowned on Mother’s Day during our Children’s Mass. To be a part of this please join us on Sunday, May 9th at the 9:30am Mass.
Every Wednesday we will pray the Mother of Perpetual Help Devotions after Mass. Upon entering the church please pick up a copy before heading to the pew. Please return the copy after Mass is over.
Every Friday we will pray the Divine Mercy immediately following the 7:00am Mass. On First Fridays Father will celebrate Mass, Open Adoration, Recite the Chaplet and Adoration will continue after the Chaplet.
Do you have Rosaries that you perhaps don’t need any longer and would love to see being used by our youth in our Faith Formation Program. If so we will have a donation box at the entrance of the church where you can place your used or new Rosary. We thank you and God Bless.
Cleaning Supplies: Pine Sol, dishwasher detergent, Clorox wipes, mops & brooms, 33gal trash bags, paper towels.
If you have received the Sacrament of Holy Communion and are ready to Altar Serve please call me or text me (Laurie Lipscomb) at 830-534-3050. I will make sure someone will help your child with their first time serving.
Thought For Meeting our 25% Goal
If every family in the Parish donated $1.00, yes $1.00, to the Archbishop’s Appeal we would surpass our goal. I am prayerfully asking for your donation for the many ministries that benefit from the Archbishop’s Appeal. Search your heart and donate today. May God Bless you Abundantly. Father Damian.
• Text-To-Give. (210) 750-6712 Keyword: APPEAL
• Give online at www.archsa.org/appeal
• Complete & return the gift form you received through the mail.
• Call the Archdiocese at (210) 734-1604.
Along with social distancing and mask usage, it appears that the recent increase in vaccinations has led to a significant decline in COVID-19 new cases, hospitalizations and deaths, even as Texas has fully opened its economy. These successes are likely to continue as more people are vaccinated each week. It is very important that people continue to be vaccinated, and that this positive momentum not be lost. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Archdiocese of San Antonio has balanced the spiritual needs of the faith community with the serious physical dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic. Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, took swift, measured and appropriate action to protect the people of the archdiocese, and the archdiocese has continued to be vigilant for more than a year. We must still remain vigilant, however, it seems prudent to begin to relax some of the restrictions which reduce the number of parishioners who can participate in the Mass and receive the Eucharist. Beginning Wednesday, March 31, 2021, parishes may open all pews and reduce the social distancing requirements in the sanctuary from 6 feet to 3 feet. It is to be emphasized that mask usage and thorough facility sanitation are still required in accordance with previous proclamations. Those protocols remain unchanged. Masks must be worn in church. The archdiocese will continue to evaluate the health situation as more information becomes available and make appropriate changes to our guidelines as circumstances dictate.
On December 4, the Archdiocese issued a statement regarding the moral permissibility of using the vaccines for COVID-19 developed by Pfizer and Moderna, which are the only ones currently approved, distributed, and administered in the United States for people 16 years (Pfizer) and 18 years (Moderna) of age and older. Knowing that under the current circumstances we may in good conscience use the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, each of us will soon have to decide whether or not to take such vaccines when they become available in our area. While making this discernment, we must keep in mind that not everyone will be able to take them right away. Some will not be able to take them at all. For example:
----Upon the emergency approval of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued specific indications for its use among special populations, such as people with immunocompromising conditions, women who are pregnant or plan to be pregnant, women who are breastfeeding, and people with a moderate/severe acute illness. Some within these special groups might need to wait to be vaccinated, even if the vaccine is already available for them to use.
----Other people, such as those with a history of severe allergic reactions (e.g. anaphylaxis) may simply not be able to get vaccinated due to their particular condition. Additionally, the process of making and distributing enough vaccines for everyone who can take them will require months, which means that many people in our country and around the world will remain at risk of becoming infected for an extended period of time. Under such circumstances, it is important to keep in mind that, along with our natural obligation to care for our personal health, we have a moral responsibility to care for those around us. Given the extremely serious risk to public health currently posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, this means that we are called upon to protect others from infection and care for the common good. We take vaccines not only to protect ourselves but to protect others, which is why this is not only a matter of our personal preferences or rights, but a matter of fulfilling our duty to care for all. At the entrance of the church you will find copies of the latest comments on the permissibility of the use of vaccines against COVID-19. Please take a copy.
We continue to maintain a 25% capacity in attendance to comply with the Governor's Executive Order and the guidelines and rules set forth by Archbishop Gustavo. Reservations and Seating Arrangements for Blessed Sacrament will remain in effect until further notice. If you are feeling ill, stay safe at home. We highly encourage those who are vulnerable (such as the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions) continue to participate in Mass via our livestream.You will be allowed to enter the church ONLY through the front entrance. Please come early if at all possible. Masks are mandatory. If you forget your mask we will have some available in the church. Sanitizers will be available as well. You are to use the hand sanitizers when entering the church. Much like Holy Water.
Choir and Music
To adhere to the guidelines set forth by Archbishop Gustavo, the Church will allow one instrument and one cantor to sing during the Liturgy. If the members are within one family they may sing together. Masks are mandatory. The Congregation is asked to NOT participate in singing during the Mass.
Upon the arrival of the Corona Virus to our world, a group of ladies and gentlemen of the Parish formed a Cleaning Ministry that adheres to all rules of sanitizing the Church as recommended by Archbishop Gustavo. All pews, kneelers, door knobs and regularly touched surfaces are cleaned with a special chemical provided by the Church. All missalettes and literature or mass aids have been removed from the Church until further notice. Choir and Music To adhere to the guidelines set forth by Archbishop Gustavo, the Church will allow one instrument and one cantor to sing during the Liturgy. If the members are within one family they may sing together. Masks are mandatory. The Congregation is asked to NOT participate in singing during the Mass.
Masks are mandatory upon entering and visiting the Church Office and Rectory.
Employees and/or guests who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 but have not been evaluated by a medical professional are presumed to have COVID-19 and should not be allowed to work until the following criteria are met.
An employee or guest who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 related and wants to return to work before completing the above criteria must obtain a medical professional's note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis.
Employees and/or guests who have direct contact with a person known to have COVID-19 should self-quarantine for 14 days from exposure. If at the end of that period no symptoms develop, then the employee may return to work.
Employees and/or guests who have had secondary exposure to an individual known to have COVID-19 (meaning contact with someone who had direct contact with a person known to have COVID-19), should wear a mask at all times within the Church Office/Rectory for 14 days.
Employees and/or guests who have an elevated temperature or answer positively to the health screening questions, will be instructed to leave the Church Office/Rectory and return to their home and seek professional medical guidance. Will not be allowed to return to the Church Office/Rectory until the conditions set forth by the CDC and State of Texas criteria outlined above have been met.
Employees in the Church Office/Rectory do not have to wear their masks in the office if Social Distancing can be maintained. Masks must be worn if guests enter the site.
Currently we have chosen NOT to rent the hall to outside individuals. Facility may be used by our Church Organizations and our Faith Formation Program provided that all guidelines set forth by the Governor, CDC, and Archbishop Gustavo will be adhered to.
Masks and Social Distancing will apply and attendance will be limited to 50% capacity.
Organizations will be responsible for sanitizing and cleaning the facility once their function is complete. Supplies will be provided by the Church.
Faith Formation Classes will not be required to clean the facility after their classes are done. A professional cleaning crew will sanitize and clean the facility the following day.
Faith Formation Building
Masks for all employees, volunteers and/or students are mandatory upon entering and visiting the Faith Formation Building. Hand sanitizer must be used when entering the Building.
Employees, volunteers and/or students who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 but have not been evaluated by a medical professional are presumed to have COVID-19 and should not be allowed to work, volunteer or attend class until the following criteria are met.
An employee, volunteer and/or student who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 related and wants to return to work, volunteer or attend class before completing the above criteria must obtain a medical professional's note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis.
Employees, volunteers and/or students who have direct contact with a person known to have COVID-19 should self-quarantine for 14 days from exposure. If at the end of that period no symptoms develop, then the employee, volunteer and/or student may return to work, volunteering or class.
Employees, volunteers and/or students who have had secondary exposure to an individual known to have COVID-19 (meaning contact with someone who had direct contact with a person known to have COVID-19), should wear a mask at all times within the Faith Formation Building for 14 days
Employees, volunteers and/or students who have an elevated temperature or answer positively to the health screening questions, will be instructed to leave the Faith Formation Building and return to their home and seek professional medical guidance. The employee, volunteer and/or student will not be allowed to return to the Faith Formation Building until the conditions set forth by the CDC and State of Texas criteria outlined above have been met.
Snacks and drinks will be provided in individual packaging and served by food preparers or distributers who wear masks and gloves at all times. Process should be designed in such a way as to limit contact between the food preparer and the students they are serving.
All classrooms (to include desks/tables, chairs, door knobs and all frequently touched surfaces) will be cleaned between classes. Restrooms and kitchen will also be cleaned between classes.