June 26 Daily Prayer & Update

Today’s Prayer – June 26

by Theresa Konitzer, Director of Religious Education

Jesus, Son of the living God, through Your gentle touch, You cleansed the leper’s sores, gave sight to the blind man, and cured the hemorrhaging woman. Through Your very word, You calmed the angry sea and brought hope to all who listened. To be touched by another and to hear another’s voice is a basic human need. As humans, God, You created us to be in relationship with You and one another.

In this time of isolation and social distancing, teach us to be sympathetic to the needs of those in physical, psychological, or spiritual pain. Jesus, You have taught us that we, too, have the power to heal someone’s pain and sorrow just by our gentle touch and voice. Create in me a gentleness and kindness that reaches out to all.

Thank You, Lord, for sending us people who teach us about Your love and compassion, through their gentle touch and soft voices. And, God of all Creation, let us not forget the gift of our furry family members whose little voices and soft paws bring us so much joy and brighten even the dreariest of days.

Heavenly Father, we continue to pray for those health care providers who seek to make people comfortable in their pain and suffering.

Amen.

Daily readings can be found on the USCCB website here.

Today’s Update – June 26

Parish Office Gradual Reopening
We’re happy to announce that beginning Monday, July 6, the parish office will be open from 8 AM – 12 PM Monday through Friday. In order to safely resume operations, there are protocols that we must follow, including:
  • Visitors should make an appointment before coming to the parish office.
  • Visitors must take their temperatures at home before coming to the parish office. (If you aren’t feeling well or have a temperature of 100 degrees F or higher, please stay home.)
  • Visitors must wear a face covering from the time they leave their vehicles until they return to their vehicles.
  • The inner set of office entrance doors will remain locked; visitors should ring the doorbell and wait for a staff member to let them in.
  • Visitors must sign-in and sign-out at the service window between the lobby and the front office so that we have a record of who has been in the building.
  • Visitors should remain in the lobby until a staff member comes to escort them.
  • Visitors should not congregate in or around the parish office.
  • Proper social distancing must be maintained at all times.
  • We ask that if purchasing a Mass card ($10 each for regular size; $15 for large) that you have the exact amount in cash or a check previously made out to St. John Church.
Outdoor Mass Begins Sunday, July 12 at 11:30 AM
We will begin celebrating the Sunday 11:30 AM Mass outdoors as of Sunday, July 12. This is a shorter-Mass option for families who are not comfortable celebrating in a confined space. Here are some details about the 11:30 AM Outdoor Mass:
  • Mass will be celebrated near the Conference Center, with the altar on the front porch.
  • Limited handicapped parking will be available on the lot near the playground.
  • For safety and hygiene, please bring your own chair or blanket; households must maintain 6-feet of social distancing at all times.
  • Participants must worship outside of their cars, per Archdiocesan guidelines.
  • We suggest wearing a face covering, especially during Communion.
  • If the weather does not permit, the Mass will be relocated to inside the church, subject to Archdiocesan and state/county limits on capacity.
  • There will be no music at the 11:30 AM Mass, whether held outdoors or in the church.
  • Please use the restroom at home before coming to Mass. If needed, the restroom of the church narthex will be available during Mass.
We look forward to celebrating Mass outdoors with you!