Confessions Available/ Tenemos Confesiones
In response to the different restrictions on movement and gatherings have been issued, we are moving confessions outside. Click Here for the details.
En respuesta a las restricciones sobre las reuniones, estamos trasladando confesiones afuera. Vea Aqui para los detalles.
Message from Fr. David
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Peace in Christ! In response to the continuing health emergency around the Corona virus, Cardinal DiNardo has suspended all public Masses for the time being. His message and the current directives can be found here. We are taking the following steps here at St. Theresa’s:
- The Church, Day Chapel, and Emmaus Chapel are currently closed.
- We will be live-streaming Mass every day. Follow this link to watch our live stream. The current Mass schedule is Monday-Saturday Mass at 8:30am. Sunday Mass will be live at 8am (Spanish) and 10am (English).
- Daily Mass will be live streamed from our Daily Mass Chapel. Sunday Mass will be streamed from the Church. We ask that no one come into the chapel/church (respectively) while Mass is being streamed in order to remain obedient to Cardinal DiNardo’s directives and national health guidelines.
- While it may not be possible to physically receive Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament during this time we can make acts of Spiritual Communion. Please see this short, excellent talk by Msgr. Edward Lohse on Spiritual Communion.
- Confessions will be offered at Monday-Friday at 9am and 6pm, Saturday at 3:15pm and Sunday at 4pm.
- If you have a baptism or wedding scheduled soon, please call the Parish Office.
- Even in these times of crisis and financial uncertainty, your contributions to the parish are still very much needed and appreciated. Contributions can be placed in the boxes in Church, our parish office mail slot, or can be made online here.
Please know that you are all in my daily prayers. Let us pray to a quick end to the current health crisis. May God bless you.
Fr. David Angelino
Prayer in Times of Epidemics
Vouchsafe to hear us, O God, our only salvation! And through the intercession of the glorious and blessed Mary, Mother of God and ever Virgin, of thy blessed martyr, Sebastian and of all the saints, deliver thy people from the terrors of thy wrath, and restore their confidence by the outpouring of thy compassion.
Be moved to pity, O Lord, at our earnest entreaties, and heal the illnesses of body and soul; so that experiencing thy forgiveness we may ever rejoice in thy blessing.
We beseech thee, O Lord, grant us a hearing as we devoutly raise our petitions to thee, and graciously turn away the epidemic of plague which afflicts us; so that mortal hearts may recognize that these scourges proceed from thine indignation and cease only when thou art moved to mercy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.
St. Vincent de Paul Update – March 18:
For the past week we have been operating our SVdP ministry in a manner that safeguarded the health of our Vincentian volunteers and those we serve. Our door has been locked with a sign posted stating that we were providing ‘food only’ service and not accepting financial aid requests. (Providing financial aid requires potential close contact and involves the sharing of documents, IDs etc. ). During this time our activity level has been very quiet. As there now a number of organizations providing food and meals, including many local schools, we believe it is now time to reduce the risk of our Vincentians becoming ill, and close the pantry for a short while. We will reevaluate the situation in a week.
Caring for One Another:
As civil authorities initiate protocols to protect people from the threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus), it’s important to exercise the virtue of prudence for one’s own good and for the good of the community.
As we take prudent steps to ensure the well-being of our community, we entrust ourselves to the provident mercy of Almighty God, and to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Therese of Lisieux.
The Faithful are reminded to avail themselves of the sacrament of Penance (confession) ahead of any planned medical procedures or other hospitalizations, and at any time they are aware of having committed mortal or venial sin. One may also call the parish office to talk to a priest about receiving the Anointing of the Sick at the parish church.
Amid concerns about coronavirus, many local hospitals have initiated protective protocols that restrict visitors; this may hinder the ability of priests to administer the Anointing of the Sick in hospitals, especially if a patient has met their daily visitor limit.
Visit the USCCB website for audio stations of the cross and other information about this Lenten devotion.
Questions about Lenten fasting and abstinence? Learn more about the roots of this practice and how Catholics observe Lent through fasting.