update about First Communion Masses
Dear Families and students of Saint Patrick First Communion preparation program
Happy Easter to all of you!
I hope this letter finds you well and in good spirits despite the impact of COVID-19 locally and globally. I pray that all of you are healthy and safe at home. Thank you for your patience and understanding, as I navigated the changing recommendations and orders from our civil and church authorities.
Since March 16, 2020, the Parish and all churches in San Diego closed their doors to public Mass celebration. We also needed to stop all of our classes for religious education and sacramental preparation. We adjusted and transitioned to remote learning. We follow all of this in order to have all of us safe while we face this pandemic and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
As we began this new "normal," with the shelter in place order, we have faced so many challenges: some parents started working at home, or maybe some of you perform essential work and needed to go out every day, while some families faced the loss of their jobs. In the midst of these challenges you have taken a more active role as teachers of the faith for your children.
Thank you for all your support and thank you to all our catechists, our pastor, Fr. Carlos Medina, OSA, and our parish staff for all that they did and continue to do during these unprecedented times. We appreciate all of your positive comments and have taken into account your concerns as we continue to move forward in new ways.
I want to update you on where we go from here regarding the test and Masses Schedule in the months of May and June of this year. Considering all the uncertainty of when we can resume to having public gatherings such as Mass, we have cancelled all the Masses scheduled for the Months of May and June. Until we hear from civil and Diocesan authorities about when and how to begin to gather in church again, we will communicate the new dates to you. Tentatively, we hope to reschedule the Masses to the end of July and August. We will try to finalize more specific dates when we hear from the authorities what we are allowed to do and when.
Regarding the test, catechists will email you the test the first week of May.
We continue to affirm that with God’s providence and grace, with our faith and cooperation, we will get through the challenging times we are facing. Please continue to take care of yourselves and families. Sometimes, “we must choose ‘sacrifice’ over ‘selfishness”; and that is what we are doing now. It's the glorious season of Easter, but there's sadness, too, because we can't celebrate the sacraments. It is the time of year normally for confirmations and baptisms. However, our faith tells us the time to celebrate will come again. Jesus is still with us. Let us continue to trust in God. The Saint Patrick’s family and community will remain faithful and strong!
P.S. Check our parish website for more information updates https://stpatrickschurchsd.weconnect.com/first-communion-families--familias-primera-comunion
Dear Parents and Students of Our First Communion program:
Happy Easter! I want to congratulate you for any effort you have made in keeping the faith alive in your homes. A month ago you were preparing in our classrooms and hall to receive Christ in the Eucharist, and now with a new reality of sheltering in place to protect your health, you have continued to prepare in new ways, thanks to your catechists and to our director Ms. Eneida Scoby. I thank them for their creativity in rising to the challenge, and I thank you for your patience and understanding with them.
I want to remind you that from the day of your baptism, you have been called to follow Jesus. We are his disciples in good times and in bad. The difficult circumstances around us cannot paralyze our faith. On the contrary, all the ways in which you at home keep the faith alive are lights of hope and seeds of Resurrection. Thank you for your witness, that even if it's only known by your family, you are giving testimony to each other, that Christ is alive and present in your hearts and in your family.
The Presence of the Risen Christ during these times is teaching us the importance of family, and the knowledge that we are not in control, but God is. I invite you to celebrate and cherish one another as best as you can, and to thank God for your life. Know that the life of Christ is present in the Eucharist, and keep longing to receive Him when we are able to gather together again. Jesus gave his life for us, and is present as a gift in the Sacrament of the Eucharist, which you will receive for the first time at the Mass of your first communion. He gave his life as an act of love for all of us: to forgive us in the Sacrament of Confession, which some of you already experienced, and to allow us to be one with Him in communion of the Eucharist.
When we live in love of God and of one another, we celebrate the resurrection, because in Christian love we live as part of the Body of the risen Christ, and he has promised to be with us until the end.
Fr. Carlos Medina, OSA
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