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ST. HYACINTH CATHOLIC CHURCH
2921 Center Street, Deer Park, Texas 77536 (281) 479-4298 www.sthyacinth.org
The Ascension of the Lord May 24, 2020 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Before ascending to the Father, Jesus commissions the disciples to take the seed of faith that has been planted in Israel and bring it to the whole world. The disciples are to proclaim the good news that God became man, was crucified, died and rose again on the third day. Now Jesus offers his life and light to us. The light and life that Jesus offers in his Ascension comes to us through “repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” The saving action of the Ascension of Jesus is for all times, all places and for all peoples. 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.
• 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
• 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 have been canceled for the month of May. These first communion Masses 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
The Ascension of the Lord - May 24, 2020
Reading 1 Acts 1:1–11 In the first book, Theophilus, I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught until the day he was taken up, after giving in- structions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had suffered, appearing to them during for- ty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While meeting with them, he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for “the promise of the Father about which you have heard me speak; for John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” When they had gathered together they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Isra- el?” He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spir- it comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jeru- salem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight. While they were looking intently at the sky as he was go- ing, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.” Responsorial Psalm Ps 47:2–3, 6–7, 8–9 R. God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord. All you peoples, clap your hands, shout to God with cries of gladness, For the LORD, the Most High, the awesome, is the great king over all the earth. R. God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord. God mounts his throne amid shouts of joy; the LORD, amid trumpet blasts. Sing praise to God, sing praise; sing praise to our king, sing praise. R. God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
For king of all the earth is God; sing hymns of praise. God reigns over the nations, God sits upon his holy throne. R. God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord. Reading 2 Eph 1:17–23 Brothers and sisters: May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a Spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him. May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the rich- es of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones, and what is the surpassing greatness of his power for us who believe, in accord with the exercise of his great might, which he worked in Christ, raising him from the dead and seating him at his right hand in the heavens, far above eve- ry principality, authority, power, and dominion, and every name that is named not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things beneath his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way. Gospel Mt 28:16–20 The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all na- tions, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
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