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  • ST. HYACINTH CATHOLIC CHURCH

    2921 Center Street, Deer Park, Texas 77536 (281) 479-4298 www.sthyacinth.org

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    Pentecost Sunday May 31, 2020 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Today concludes the Paschal feast that began fifty days ago on Easter Sunday. In the gos- pel, Jesus gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit by breathing on the disciples. The gift of the Holy Spirit enables us to know that the gifts that God gives us are unique to us and we are called to use those gifts for the Glory of God. St. Paul reminds us that all gifts come from God. Instead of comparing our abilities and talents to those around us, let us focus on how we can use our gifts for the good of all. St. Paul goes on to remind us that the Holy Spirit “comes to aid our weakness, but the Spirit itself intercedes with inexpressible groaning”. On this feast day, we gather to seek the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. We all know we need to be the gifts of the Holy Spirit to live a life of grace. The celebration of the sacraments, with a congregation, has now resumed. In keeping with the directives issued by Cardinal DiNardo, and in accordance with national, state and local mandates, St. Hyacinth will resume liturgical celebrations in the following manner: • Dispensation from Sunday obligation to attend in person is extended through May, especially with respect to people who may be considered physically well to attend yet believe it best to stay at home.

    • The at-risk populations are encouraged to continue participating by tuning in to the livestreamed Mass from their homes and avoid attending Mass in person. At-risk popula- tion is defined as those who are 65 years or older, those with chronic lung disease; moder- ate to severe asthma; chronic heart disease; severe obesity; diabetes; chronic kidney disease

    undergoing dialysis; or weakened immune system.

    • Parishioners are asked to take their temperatures before coming to Mass and should not attend, if exhibiting any signs of illness or an elevated body temperature.

    • In order to accommodate social distancing protocols, and to abide by Phase One state regulations, no more than 25% of the mandated fire code seating capacity of the building is allowed. Therefore, each Mass at St. Hyacinth will be limited to no more than 100 people.

    • Church doors will be open for 15 minutes before Mass is to begin. Church doors will open Saturday 4:45 pm, Sunday 7:45 am, 9:45 am and 11:45 am. Please stay in your cars until the doors are open for the Church.

    • The Church Narthex will serve as the ONLY entrance to the Church. Enter Narthex doors from either the Center Street parking lot or the P street parking lot.

    • Parishioners are required to wear masks, upon entering the church and throughout the celebration of the Mass.

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    • For the safety of all, the Holy Water fonts and Holy Water tank will remain empty, the exchange of the Sign of Peace, the distribution of the Precious Blood and the offertory procession will be omitted and missalettes and hymnals will not be available.

    • Parishioners should be careful not to gather too closely when entering or leaving the church.

    • Hand sanitizers will be available and easily visible at the church entrances.

    • Social distancing will be practiced and enforced.

    • Parishioners will be seated in every other pew.

    • Those of the same household can be seated in the same pew.

    • Priest will wear masks during the distribution of Holy Communion.

    • The congregation will remain in their pews for the distribution of Holy Communion, which prevents the formation of a Communion line.

    • For health and safety reasons, parishioners are asked to receive Holy Communion in the hand.

    • The church will be closed for sanitation between Masses. Pews and bathrooms will be sanitized thoroughly between Masses.

    • The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated Tuesday thru Friday after the 8:00 am morning Mass. Saturday between 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Penitents are asked to wear masks and utilize the screen, in order to avoid face-to-face confessions. While in the confession line, penitents are asked to practice social distancing.

    With the Coronavirus affecting every aspect of the Church, I want to challenge everyone to continue to support the Church during this time. I ask the faithful to continue to support the St. Hyacinth community through on-line giving or by mail. This will ensure that our parish will be able to meet payrolls and pay monthly bills. Go to online giving tab at Sthyacinth.org and either enroll online at www.faithdirect.net, our Church Code is TX526, or give online through PayPal, Text to Give or simply mail in your contribution into the Church. Thank you for your support.

    All St. Hyacinth Special Masses for First communion will be reschedule for a future time to be announced.

    Cardinal DiNardo is working to reschedule all confirmation masses in the Archdiocese. We are looking for the Chancery to advise us as to a new date for confirmations.

    Even as we have resumed duties in the parish, I ask for your patience as we work our way back to making the parish fully operational again. Meetings and gatherings at the Church and parish facilities will resume, once we received the official go ahead from the Archdiocese.

    God Bless, Fr. Reginald Samuels

  • “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.”

    St. John 14:1

    Pentecost Sunday - May 31, 2020

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    Reading 1 Acts 2:1–11 When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then how does each of us hear them in his native language? We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.” Responsorial Psalm Ps 104:1, 24, 29–30, 31, 34 R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth. Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD, my God, you are great indeed! How manifold are your works, O LORD! the earth is full of your creatures; R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth. May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD be glad in his works! Pleasing to him be my theme; I will be glad in the LORD. R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth. If you take away their breath, they perish and return to their dust. When you send forth your spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth. R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

    Reading 2 1 Cor 12:3b–7, 12–13 Brothers and sisters: No one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit. As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit. Gospel Jn 20:19–23 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”

  • Please pray for these members of our parish family and all our loved ones who are ill.

    Issac Aguilera Dorothy Anderson Jackie Anderson Trini Arrington David Barta Margaret Bates Robert Bates Greg Belin Jill Belin Ruth Beran Elton Blanchard Charles Boudreaux Dawn Brays Pam Callaway Yvonne CamunezGomez Robert Carpentier, Jr. Marsha Christjohn Mitch Contreras Dorothy Cooney Mario Cortez Nora Cortez Carissa Cronan Sheila Crocker Andrea Day Frank S. De Leon, Jr. John Delgado Narci Delgado Nancy Delperdong Hank Donovan Jacob Duchon Margarita Duron Margaret Escobedo Eva Escuero Charles Faldyn Alva Fossem Scott Fossem Juanita Garcia Robert Garcia,

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