Message from Father Antony: Opening the Church

My Dear Parishioners, 

I am coming with good tidings! We are going to open the Church for public worship. Starting next week we will have the Holy Mass celebrated. Please READ CAREFULLY the following:

Holy Mass will be celebrated outside. We are allowed to have only 100 people inside the church. However, it is not easy to control this number. Whom are we going to allow in? This is not, therefore, practical. We are going to have Holy Mass celebrated without singing and it will be short. You can attend the Mass standing. Or, if you want to sit, kindly bring your own picnic/lawn chairs and set them up anywhere. The Knights are going to put up the usual canopy as we do for our Festival. You can also attend the Mass from your cars. For a couple of Sundays we will also have live-streaming. This will help you follow the Mass using your cell phones. Having it outside will help us maintain social distancing. Please also make sure you put on your masks. Even when you receive the Holy Communion please wear it. Those who are attending the Mass from their cars will have to come out for the reception of the Holy Communion.

I am planning to have an early Mass at 7:00am. This is for those who have the habit of getting up early. However, we will not have the noon Mass. It gets very hot around noon. These are all temporary arrangements. As soon as we have Covid-19 under control we will go back to our original schedules. The Mass Schedule will be as follows:

  • Saturday: 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 7:00am, 8:30am and 10:00am

There is no need for me to tell you that if you are not feeling good health wise, please stay at home. Please take responsibility. However, if you are healthy please choose to come and attend the Mass. I know many are eagerly waiting to come back to attend the Mass. I know you have missed it for a long time. Let us slowly get back to our regularity. Since you have been attending Mass on the Television please do not make it a habit. That was the best option we had during this pandemic. A Television Mass can never take the place of a real celebration of the Mass. 

Before I close, I would like to request you to share this message with as many of your friends, relatives or neighbors as possible. Please email or call them if you can. Thank you! 

May God Bless You! 

Fr. Antony Vazhappilly 
St. James the Apostle Catholic Church