Staffed by the Benedictine Monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey
The Diocese of Greensburg will allow parishes to recommence Holy Mass on June 1. At this time parishioners will be required to wear masks, remain six feet apart, and sit in every other pew. Additionally, the Sign of Peace will no longer include a handshake, instead we will turn to the person next to us and offer a reverential bow. All communicants will be encouraged to receive the Sacred Host in the hand and the chalice of the Precious Blood will not be offered to the congregation. For the foreseeable future, all people will remain dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays. Those who are elderly or have a medical condition that puts them at greater risk for serious complications from this disease should especially use this dispensation. Additionally, those who feel vulnerable because of their age or health are encouraged to stay home, while those who are sick should not attend public Masses. Various streaming Masses will continue.
On All Souls Day, Monday, November 2, the Church remembers those who have died. This commemoration expresses our need to pray for one another in the Church, especially for those who have died in their human imperfection.
On Saturday, October 31, Saint James Parish will have a special commemoration at the 4:30 p.m. Mass
On Sunday, November 1, Our Lady, Queen of Peace Parish will have a special commemoration at the 11 a.m. Mass
At these liturgies we will remember those who were buried from our parishes since last All Souls Day. After Holy Communion, we will pray for the deceased by name — asking the Angels to lead them into Paradise. Everyone is invited to join us in this beautiful act of remembrance.