Today is the fiftieth day of Easter, a season marked with joy and gladness. In fire and wind, the Spirit of the Lord descends with God’s seven-fold gifts of wisdom and understanding, right judgment and courage, knowledge and reverence and wonder. The apostles had to wait until the first Pentecost to receive the Holy Spirit. However, we were blessed with the Holy Spirit when we were baptized and confirmed. The Holy Spirit is within each one of us. Moreover, together we are united in the Spirit, who moves among us, here in this church as well as around the whole world. As we celebrate Pentecost, let us be aware of the movement of the Spirit in our lives.
While we are waiting for the “go ahead” to re-open our church, the Archdiocese of Chicago has been setting forth guidelines to prepare our churches for the time that will happen. At St. Bernardine we have begun marking spaces in the pews (six feet apart and every other pew), marking the floors for entry and exit, removing all materials in the narthex and cleaning/sanitizing the church. We have established a Parish Re-Opening Team that has been trained, (via Webinar), on the guidelines that need to be in place before we are ready to open. In doing this, we have received our certification from the Archdiocese that we are ready to go.
Thank you to those who have responded to our recent mailing where you were asked to update your information, including e-mail addresses. If you have not done so already, been return the survey as soon as possible. When the time comes that we are permitted to hold mass, there will be a limit of 50 people per mass. You will need to reserve your spot using an online reservation system called signupgenius.com. There is no cost to use this system and it will work like this:
- The Rectory office will create a “sign-up” for each mass, date and time
- An e-mail will be sent to everyone who’s e-mail we have on file
- Open the e-mail and it will have a link to com
- Look for the mass you would like to attend
- Save your response by clicking on the “sign me up” button near the bottom of the page.
- Once you sign up, the rectory office will receive an e-mail letting us know that you have signed up. It is important to make sure you end by clicking the “sign me up” button or your response will not be saved!
- Please call the office if you have any questions.
May the gifts of the Holy Spirit strengthen our faith and enable us to be even better disciples of Jesus in these challenging days.