Dear Our Lady of the Assumption Community,
These last couple of months and weeks have been a long, complicated, and trying quarantine for all of us. I pray and hope that you have been taking care of yourself and your loved ones during this journey. Together we have walked, as the psalmist expressed, “through the valley of the shadow of the death.” Yet, we have not journeyed alone for the Lord has been with us along the way. 2020 is a year that we will never forget, no doubt. However, today I want to announce that our Bishop Barnes has released a statement to allow the churches in the Diocese of San Bernardino to resume public celebration of the Eucharist beginning June 13, the Vigil of Corpus Christi. He gives his gratitude for patience during this time.
In the coming days, we will be receiving a clear set of precautionary measures that they must put in place to protect everyone’s health and safety before we can resume public Masses.
Please, read the complete statement HERE
Hence, it is imperative that those of you who are planning to attend Masses during this initial phase post-quarantine call the parish office and register to receive a group number. During this initial phase, we would only be able to receive a small number of parishioners per Mass. Therefore, before every weekend, we would announce which groups would be welcome to attend Mass for the upcoming weekend. By registering in the office, you would be guaranteed an entrance to Mass whenever your group number is called out to participate. It is especially important that each one of you, or one person per household, calls the office to register yourself and your party. NO ONE ELSE can do this for you. Only employees at the office parish know precisely how the registration is going and can adequately assign you and your party to a group.
If you are a member of any ministry that plays a role during our Liturgies, per example: Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Altar Servers, Media, Choir, Hospitality, etcetera, you still need to call the office and register, just like everyone else. However, depending on need, the director or coordinator of your ministry may call you and ask you to serve in additional Masses. Keep in mind that initially, we are only receiving a limited number of parishioners per Mass; so, it may be possible, too, that not all servers would have an opportunity to exercise their ministry frequently. Hence, it is vital to be registered to be able to attend Mass in such a case.
Brothers and sisters, rejoice with me, for we have heard them say, let us go to the house of the Lord!
Fr. Rogelio González