From Father Walsh... WHEN WE’RE ELDERLY what can help us stay in touch with the world outside our own? In visiting our housebound, I am so often told that the Mass on TV is of immense comfort to them.I’ve never watched that liturgy myself, but our elderly parishioners who can no longer come to church have
told me again and again how important this Mass on TV is for them. I’m very happy our diocese funds this important service, and your
United Catholic Appeal gift makes this possible. This televised Mass comes to us at 9:30 a.m every Sunday from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, on WDIO Duluth.
From Father Walsh… I’VE CHANGED MY MIND about how to deal with the flu season at our liturgies. I spoke to the head of nursing at our hospital and she told me that we pick up far more bacteria, germs etc. from handshaking, touching door handles and pews than we do from the chalice at Communion. Therefore, the Precious Blood will be offered to all who wish to receive It during Mass. And we’ll still invite the congregation to exchange the Sign of Peace – but not with a handshake, hug or kiss, but with a smile or wave of the hand until the flu season has ended.
WE’RE DESPERATE!: With many of our snowbirds already enjoying better weather than we are here, and others leaving by Christmas or shortly thereafter, we are really short of people to usher and be Eucharistic Ministers. For example, we have 20 Eucharistic Ministers on our roster, but seven have already left town, or will be leaving shortly. And of those who will be staying, many of them are often out of town for the weekend they are scheduled. And the same is true for our ushers – especially for Saturday evenings. We have 17, but six have left, or will be leaving shortly for the winter. If you’re with us pretty much year round, we’d love if you
From Father Walsh… GLUTEN FREE: More and more we are becoming aware of the number of people with celiac disease, and so have an allergic reaction to gluten They must avoid anything that has gluten in it. Our communion hosts contain gluten, and for that reason those with this condition often can’t come to the Eucharist.
We will now be able to provide a gluten-free host to anyone with this condition at St. John’s and Holy Rosary. To receive a gluten-free host, be sure to speak to Deacon Peter or myself before Mass, and then come up in the Communion line on my side, and I will be able to offer you the Eucharist in a gluten-free host.
Holy Rosary UCA Dollar for Dollar Match—A generous parishioner has again come forward to match dollar for dollar toward Holy Rosary’s UCA goal. This is a great opportunity to contribute if you already have not or want to donate an additional gift.