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Divine Daily Update

Friday, June 5, 2020

Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him
and we will come to him.
John 14:23
Mass and Prayer Opportunities 
Divine Mercy has resumed in-person Mass!  Please join us on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. Our livestream will take place at the 7:30 a.m. Mass, but you can access it at any time on Sunday through our Divine Mercy YouTube Channel and Facebook channels.  For those of you who are unable to attend due to health issues or concerns about being back at this time, this is a great way to connect with our parish community in spiritual communion. Archbishop Listecki's dispensation for Sunday Mass remains in effect through July 5.
We are still at the 250 person cap for our Masses.  The alphabet divisions for the Masses in our Comeback Plan are simply a suggestion to best accommodate everyone; strict adherence is not necessary.  Please come to whatever Mass you are able to!  Masks are highly recommended, but are not required.  If you forget yours, you will not be turned away.  We are also pleased to say we can hand out bulletins; however because this was announced after our order was placed we have a limited number of copies this week. If you are able to access the bulletin online, we ask that you do so, so those who do not can have a paper copy. If you would like one, please ask an usher who will be prepared to hand you one with zero contact.  Thank you for your patience and understanding!
Come celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi with us next week!  This is the day when we commemorate the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, and there are multiple opportunities to celebrate with us next weekend.   Since we are still in the "Phase One" of the Catholic Comeback Plan, there are several rules and procedures we will need to maintain at this time.  However, we want to offer the opportunity to come back to the Eucharist in prayer, sacraments, and Adoration.

*Eucharistic Adoration: Friday, June 12th from 9am-6pm
  • We are only allowed to have 10 people at a time for Adoration.  
  • You will be asked to maintain a safe distance of 6 feet or more.  
  • Our maintenance crew will be in every hour to clean the chapel.  
  • A staff member will let people in and keep watch of how many are there. 
  • Sign up on our Sign-Up Genius link so we can see the hours needing coverage and keep track of how many are coming.
*Mass at Divine Mercy for Corpus Christi: Saturday, June 13th at 4:00pm, Sunday, June 14th at 7:30am and 11:00am
  • Doors will open 30 minutes prior to mass starting.  
  • Please remember to follow all guidelines as stated in our Comeback Plan.  
  • Our capacity is 250 persons per Mass.  
  • The alphabet divisions for the Masses are simply a suggestion; strict adherence is not necessary.  Please come to whatever Mass you are able to!  
  • Masks are highly recommended, but are not required.  If you forget yours, you will not be turned away.
*Eucharistic Procession- Sunday, June 14th at 2:00pm
  • Details coming soon in our Update, on the website, Facebook, and next week's bulletin.
June is the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus - Pray with us!
This month we will continue to pray the Rosary at noon and the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3pm via our Facebook page. Last month, our prayers were devoted to Mother Mary. This month, we center ourselves on the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. 
Here are guides for the Rosary and the Chaplet:
Remember, you can always join us in prayer “offline” or replay the video later when you have time! Thank you to all of us who have already been joining us!
In addition to these daily prayers, we invite you to pray the Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus found here.
ECC News
Our summer Program is now enrolling!  
We hope you’ll join us for some summer fun June 8th - August 21st! 
The theme for June is Garden and Insects. Some of the activities we will be working on include Math patterns and fractions.  Science includes life cycles and classifications.  Religion will include Scriptures, Parables, and Growing in God's love.  Community Helpers will include Farmers and Bee keepers.
July’s theme is Patriotism with the 4th of July and Olympics. 
August’s theme is Vacations with camping, a beach unit, and festivals.
All are welcome to enroll, but must contact the center first via phone or email before the children can begin.  Random drop-offs will not be accepted.
  • Center hours are 7:00am - 5:00pm
  • Children of Tier I and II Essential Workers have priority spots as required, but we are open to all children, once more.
  • Policies and procedures must be explained and agreed to prior to your child(ren)’s arrival.  
  • Parents must sign a special agreement
  • Strict drop-off procedures have been instituted and must be followed in accordance with State, CDC, and Health Department guidelines.  
  • Parents must provide a specific schedule with days and times for care.  
  • No toys from home are allowed in the center; no exceptions.  
  • Children will need to bring a lunch, milk, and morning & afternoon snacks each day.
Due to entrance protocols,  I am responsible for taking temperatures and escorting children to their lockers and classrooms. These new protocols may result in a slight wait period. Please remember these enhancements to our care are being done for the safety of your family and all of those we serve. We ask that you are patient and understanding if you do find yourself waiting to enter the center. If you have any questions, please call or email at any time.  
Dee Fuchs, Director
School News
We did it!  We are all very proud of all of the things the students accomplished during this unique year! On behalf of the staff of Divine Mercy Catholic School, a BIG thank you to parents for all of your efforts, patience, and help throughout this school year.   Your continued support and work is greatly appreciated.  
Report cards and comments will be mailed out on Friday, June 12th.
Information regarding grading was sent via email to parents earlier in May.  A copy of grading procedures will also be sent with all report cards.  
During the week of August 17th, 2020 all students will be assessed to determine current level of performance on skills within reading, writing, and math.
It is the priority of the staff to gather information regarding areas of need for students.  All results will  be used to help shape instruction for the beginning of school. Details and more specifics will be shared in the beginning of August.    
Be sure to check your emails throughout the summer for any  updates and information about fall.   Enjoy your summer!
Mrs. Loreve Rucka
Divine Mercy Parish School
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Thank you, and God Bless You!


Catholic Comeback

Dear Parishoners,
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad!  Psalm 118:24
Praise be to God!  We can finally return to the altar as a community.  This has definitely been a challenging time for our Church, yet we have been strong and faithful.  Thank you for your patience, your prayers, and your support through these last 2 months.  It’s through those prayers that we have been able to stay strong and connected.

With that being said, returning to mass is going to be different.  We understand that this will be quite a transition, and in all honesty, this is a challenge for all of us on the parish leadership.  We want to accommodate the best way possible, but at the same time, maintain a safe, clean, and comfortable environment for all.  In order for us to return safely, we need the cooperation and positive support from everyone.  This is not the time to criticize, complain, or find fault.  Through the efforts of our parish leadership, the Prayer and Worship Committee, and the staff from the Archdiocese, we have put together a plan that will achieve our number one goal: That EVERYONE stays safe!  In order for us to keep things moving orderly and safely, it is imperative that everyone cooperate.  

Mass Accommodations

Mass Times:    Saturday, 4pm= A-H    Sunday, 7:30am= I-O    Sunday, 11:00am= P-Z

In order to spread our congregation out as evenly as possible, we are suggesting you come according to your last name in the alphabet.  This isn’t a requirement, just a suggestion.  We won’t be checking your photo ID’s!  However, if you are able and don’t mind making a slight change in your mass schedule for the time being, it would really help keep the numbers evened out to accommodate everyone.

As you notice, we have omitted, for the time being, the 9:30 Sunday mass.  This is NOT PERMANENT- we will resume with 4 once our associate pastor arrives in August.  There are 2 reasons for this:
  1. This is to allow enough time for our maintenance crew to do a thorough sanitization and cleaning of the church, bathrooms, and gathering space in between masses.
  2. Per Canon Law, Father Joe is only allowed to say 3 masses.  We are without a help out priest at this time.
Occupancy per mass= 250 people 

This the 25% of our current seating capacity, which is all we can have at this time.  Also, this capacity is for Sunday masses ONLY.  Per the Archdiocese, we must continue to limit the occupancy for funerals and weddings until further notice.
Criteria to Enter and Exit Church
  • There will be ONLY ONE ENTRANCE/EXIT, which is in the narthex area only.  This is to ensure that we can keep an accurate count of who enters, and also minimizes contact with other areas to clean/sanitize.
  • Ushers will open doors for parishoners, and all interior doors will be left open.  
  • EVERYONE is required to sanitize hands before they enter the church, even if you’re wearing gloves.  There will be 2 ushers/greeters to give that to everyone as they enter church.
  • Once you enter the building, parishoners must immediately go to their seats.  Therefore, if someone wants to sit with a friend or family member who hasn’t arrived, they will need to wait in their cars until their group arrives and enter together.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged to be worn by parishoners.  All of our volunteers will be required to wear masks and gloves.
  • Ushers will seat parishoners EVERY OTHER ROW, at a safe distance.  Members of the same family may sit close, but at least 6 feet distance between others. Ushers will start at the front, and work their way back in order to keep an eye on capacity.    Please respect and do as the ushers ask of you.
  • Once we have met capacity, we will not be able to accommodate extra people.  Those will be asked to either come at a later time or watch masses online.  This will be enforced.
  • Please stay home if you are sick or experiencing any symptoms of Corona, Flu, fevers, nausea, or other illness.  If you come in sneezing or coughing, we will ask you not to enter the church and to go home.
  • It is strongly recommended that if you are in the “at risk” category, have underlying medical conditions, or experience extreme anxiety with being around others at this time, to stay home and watch our livestream.
  • The Archbishop has granted dispensation, or permission, from attending mass in person until July 5.  You are, however, strongly encouraged to participate in spiritual communion if you feel the need to stay home at this time.
  • Doors will be open when we are ready to open them.  This is to allow time for proper cleaning and sanitizing before and after each mass.  Please wait in your car until the “all clear” has been given.
  • Please, if at all possible, take care of all bathroom business before you come to church.  Our bathrooms will be available, but we want to avoid any gathering of people as much as possible.
  • We will not have any hymnbooks or orders of worship at this time.  All song lyrics will be presented on the screens, or you can download them from our Daily Update every Friday.  
  • For the time being, paper bulletins WILL NOT be available for distribution at our weekend masses, per the Archdiocese.  You may access on our parish website.  
  • All holy water fonts have been emptied until further notice, so holy water is not available.
  • For the time being, vigil candles will not be available to light.  
  • During the Sign of Peace, we ask that there is no physical contact during this time.  Just wish your neighbor the Lord’s Peace.
  • Under the directives of the Archdiocese, communion for the sick and homebound will NOT be available until further notice.  Only those present in church can receive communion.
  • Eucharist is to only be received in the hand at this time.  No Blood of Christ will be offered until further notice.  
  • Only Father Joe will be distributing the Eucharist.  We have an organized way of getting people through the communion line.  If for some reason you cannot come forward, please let an usher know so we can have Father Joe come to you.
  • Please remember- mass ends when Father Joe gives the final blessing!  We ask that you not leave early, in order for us to dismiss in an organized manner.  Also, we exit the way we came in.  
  • When mass has ended, we will be dismissing people row by row, starting from the balcony, then the back to the front.  This is a great time for parishoners to take time to pray as they wait.  This is a form of reverence and respect for our Eucharistic Lord, and also provides a prayerful atmosphere as we dismiss.
  • For the time being, the Presentation of the Gifts has been eliminated from the liturgy, per the Archdiocese.  We will be taking collections after mass has ended, and we ask that all parishoners drop their collection in a basket on the way out of church.
  • Ushers will have hand sanitizer available on your way out to use before leaving.  We encourage everyone to wash hands once they arrive home.
  • There will not be any time for social gathering in the gathering space or parking lot.  As you are dismissed, please go immediately to your car.  This is to allow for enough time for the cleaning crew to sanitize.
  • Once you arrive home, it is strongly recommended that you wash your hands, and wash your clothes immediately.
  • At this time, confessions will be heard by appointment only.  We cannot use the confessional room due to the social distancing rules, and we have no place available before masses to protect your privacy.  Please contact Father Joe at the parish office to set up your appointment.
Who knew we would have to learn how to come back to mass!  While these guidelines seem a bit much, it is necessary that we all follow them in order to respect the need for everyone’s safety.  The only way this works is if everyone cooperates.   The more we follow these guidelines, the quicker we can all return safely to mass.

Most of all, please pray for our community and for an end to this disease.  Pray for Father Joe, and for all priests, as they navigate this new way of attending mass.  Pray for our parish leadership and staff as we work to implement and make this transition as seamless as possible. Pray for our parishoners, especially those who may not be ready to join us, that they will be back with us very soon to worship.

We can’t wait to see you soon!  God Bless You!

Father Joe and the Divine Mercy Administrative Team