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   Dear Parishioners:

   Easter joy and blessings to you!  Christ is Risen!  He lives and reigns!  May the glory of the Risen Lord shine in your heart and life.  We have probably all had difficult Easters.  We have struggled through the loss of loved ones.  We have faced troubles of all kinds.  We've longed for spring after long winters.  But it's fair to say we've seen nothing like we are experiencing this year.  So, even in isolation, even without Eucharist, even with less trappings, still we celebrate.  We honor the Lord.  We praise His glory and majesty.  We thank Him for New Life, for new opportunity in forgiveness and healing.  We renew our baptismal promises, to find ways to give witness to our faith.  We do this today above all days, for it was on this morning that the first disciples were blessed -- confounded -- astounded -- with the reality of Jesus' resurrection.  As all of us, and all of our world, await "redemption" from our current apocalypse, all the more do we proclaim that death is not the final word.  Suffering leads to glory.  For all the ways we need salvation, we submit ourselves, as Jesus did, to the will of the Father with renewed faith.  Jesus lives.  And we live in Him.  Whatever you can do to celebrate this very different Easter season, do it.  Pray; eat special meals; check on family; get some fresh air.  In the depths of your being, rejoice!  He is Risen!  Alleluia!             --fr. jeff

GETTING READY

    We are slowly getting the church ready for public celebration of Mass, scheduled to begin next Saturday, June 6.                                                                                                                                                   PLEASE NOTE ONE CHANGE ALREADY IN EFFECT.  THERE IS ONLY ONE ENTRANCE INTO CHURCH, THE "DISABILITY ENTRANCE," WHICH IS ALSO NOW THE ONLY ENTRANCE INTO THE SCHOOL BUILDING.  ALL MUST ENTER THROUGH THIS DOOR, ON THE SIDE OF THE CHURCH WITH THE LARGER PARKING LOT.  THERE WILL BE ONE-WAY TRAFFIC AISLES IN CHURCH, WITH EXITING FROM THE DOORS OFF THE VESTIBULE.  EVEN AS YOU ENTER, PLEASE OBSERBVE THE SIX-FOOT DISTANCING BETWEEN YOURSELF AND ANYONE IN FRONT OF YOU.       This is the first of the changes we are making to prepare for our public gatherings.  Soon the pews will also be marked for social distancing while at Mass and in line, walking or processing.  

 

NEW ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE BISHOP

  This past Thursday Bishop Persico gave us both a time line and the protocols to begin celebrating Mass publicly.  You can find his conversation on the diocesan website:  ErieRCD.org.  By midweek I will make copies of the 5-page document explaining many of the protocols.  I am also currently digesting the information so as to develop our plan of implementation - what it will take to make these things happen safely at QW.  I will keep you posted here and with hard copies in Church as I develop them -- this will take me a few days.  If you are willing to help either in preparation of the Church for public gathering or in cleaning and preparing Church in between Masses once we begin, please call the rectory, 834-4701.  We will need teams of people willing to help, but I also want you to be safe and comfortable.  More to come.. but let's look forward to the weekend of June 6-7!  

  

JOIN US FOR WEEKEND MASS                                                                                                               

The Feast of Pentecost

Saturday, May 30th  5pm

Fr. Paul Siebert and Fr. Jeff Noble

Streaming on St. Mark Church, Emporium FACEBOOK page

Shortly after (7 pm) find it on QW FB page or go to "Jeff Noble"

 

    This weekend is the Feast of Pentecost.  Please pray daily for renewed grace of the Holy Spirit with the following prayer, or any prayer to the Holy Spirit, including one that comes from your own heart with your own words:   COME, HOLY SPIRIT, FILL THE HEARTS OF YOUR FAITHFUL.  ENKINDLE IN THEM THE FIRE OF YOUR LOVE.  SEND FORTH YOUR SPIRIT AND WE SHALL BE RECREATED, AND YOU SHALL RENEW THE FACE OF THE EARTH!  

INVITATION TO BE PART OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Greetings to all QW Parishioners!

     As noted on our parish website (qwchurch.com), we are now part of the Yellow Phase in recovery and the Bishop is permitting Eucharistic Adoration.

     I would like to return to our tradition of all-day Thursday Adoration.  But I need to make sure at least two people are present at ALL TIMES.    

     In Church you will find a sign-up table.  We are using ½ hr. intervals to make it easier for people to make a commitment.  Sign up in Church or by calling, 834-4701.  We will start having Adoration once the times are sufficiently covered.       

     Thursday Adoration begins from the conclusion of Morning Mass until 6:30 p.m. with Evening Prayer and Benediction.  We will begin at 8 am until Morning Mass is restored.  This gives us a consistent and lengthy period of time.  Adoration is only interrupted by another liturgy (e.g., a funeral or Holy Day); an important parish or school function; poor weather; or some other extreme emergency.  Remember to keep the current social distance rules in place.     

      Let us try to make this work again as a parish family at prayer.  Members of other parishes are indeed welcome to make a commitment of prayer time. 

      Please give prayerful consideration to this request and help us spread the word to pray on our special day. 

      For the time being, Confessions at QW are by appointment.  We are not permitted to use the Confessional due to the health hazards.  I don’t know to have  the Sacrament in the open body of the Church while keeping social distance and the sanctity of the seal of the Sacrament.  Please call 834-4701 to make an appointment. 

      You continue to be in my daily prayers as we all look forward to some kind of re-start to our sacramental practices and our life together as a parish family.  God’s blessings and my best wishes for your health and well-being --                                               Sincerely,      -- fr. jeff
 

 

 

SPECIAL PRAYERS

       

PRAYER OF CONSECRATION TO MARY, THE MOTHER OF THE CHURCH

    MOST HOLY VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF THE CHURCH, YOU ARE THE FAIREST FRUIT OF GOD’S REDEEMING LOVE; YOU SING OF THE FATHER’S MERCY AND ACCOMPANY US WITH A MOTHER’S LOVE.  IN THIS TIME OF PANDEMIC WE COME TO YOU, OUR SIGN OF SURE HOPE AND COMFORT.  TODAY WE RENEW THE ACT OF CONSECRATION AND ENTRUSTMENT CARRIED OUT BY THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE US. 

     WITH THE LOVE OF A MOTHER AND HANDMAID, EMBRACE THIS DIOCESE WHICH WE ENTRUST AND CONSECRATE ONCE AGAIN TO YOU, TOGETHER WITH OURSELVES AND OUR FAMILIES.  IN A SPECIAL WAY, WE COMMEND TO YOU THOSE PARTICULARLY IN NEED OF YOUR MATERNAL CARE. 

      MARY, HEALTH OF THE SICK, SIGN OF HEALTH, OF HEALING, AND OF DIVINE HOPE FOR THE SICK, WE ENTRUST TO YOU ALL WHO ARE INFECTED WITH THE CORONAVIRUS.   MARY, MOTHER OF CONSOLATION, WHO CONSOLE WITH A MOTHER’S LOVE ALL WHO TURN TO YOU,         WE ENTRUST TO YOU ALL THOSE WHO HAVE LOST LOVED ONES IN THE PANDEMIC.  MARY, HELP OF CHRISTIANS, WHO COME TO OUR RESCUE IN EVERY TRIAL, WE ENTRUST TO YOUR LOVING PROTECTION ALL CAREGIVERS.  MARY, QUEEN AND MOTHER OF MERCY, WHO EMBRACE ALL THOSE WHO CALL UPON YOUR HELP IN THEIR DISTRESS, WE ENTRUST                  TO YOU ALL WHO ARE SUFFERING IN ANY WAY FROM THE PANDEMIC.  MARY, SEAT OF WISDOM, WHO WERE SO WONDERFULLY FILLED WITH THE LIGHT OF TRUTH, WE ENTRUST TO YOU ALL WHO ARE WORKING TO FIND A CURE TO THIS PANDEMIC.  MARY, MOTHER OF GOOD COUNSEL, WHO GAVE YOURSELF WHOLEHEARTEDLY TO GOD’S PLAN FOR THE RENEWING OF ALL THINGS IN CHRIST, WE ENTRUST TO YOU ALL LEADERS AND POLICYMAKERS. 

     ACCEPT WITH THE BENEVOLENCE OF A MOTHER THE ACT OF CONSECRATION THAT WE MAKE TODAY WITH CONFIDENCE, AND HELP US TO BE YOUR SON’S INSTRUMENTS FOR THE HEALING AND SALVATION OF OUR COUNTRY AND THE WORLD.  MARY, MOTHER OF THE CHURCH, YOU ARE ENTHRONED AS QUEEN AT YOUR SON’S RIGHT HAND:  WE ASK YOUR INTERCESSION FOR THE NEEDS OF OUR COUNTRY, THAT EVERY DESIRE FOR GOOD MAY BE BLESSED AND STRENGTHENED, THAT FAITH MAY BE REVIVED AND NOURISHED, HOPE SUSTAINED AND ENLIGHTENED, CHARITY AWAKENED AND ANIMATED; GUIDE US, WE PRAY, ALONG THE PATH OF HOLINESS.

     MARY OUR MOTHER, BRING EVERYONE UNDER YOUR PROTECTION AND ENTRUST EVERYONE TO YOUR BELOVED SON, JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.   AMEN.    

 

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

    May is the month of special devotion to the Blessed Mother, our Patron as Queen of the World.  Until we are able to pray the Rosary together in Church, our Altar Rosary Society suggests that you join EWTN (Ch 23 on cable, Ch 261 on Dish) at 9 am and 9:30 pm Monday-Friday.  That way, we are together in prayer in honor of Mary, the Mother of the Lord and the Mother of the Church.    

FOR YOUTH

    Our Youth Minister, Nick Heise, invites our young people to check out your own FACEBOOK page @ SMYouthMin or on Instrgram:  @rootedyouthministry18.  Mom and Dad are welcome to check these out as well to see what our young people are up to and what opportunities for community, prayer, and service are available.

 

PASTORAL VISITS TO THE ILL AND HOMEBOUND SUSPENDED

     The Governor's stay-at-home order, combined with CDC regulations, forced our Bishop to suspend typical Pastoral visits and the distribution of Holy Communion that usually accompanies them.

      I am not to visit the homebound, hospitalized, or those in our Care facilities until further notice.  The only exception is for those in danger of death.  For those who are actively dying, all the Sacraments may be offered.  Please call me, 834-4701.  I will be checking the hospital register for parishioners so that I can pray for them by name.  I will also gladly call the patient and/or family to offer pastoral care.  Again, please feel free to inform me of these needs, 834-4701.  

      All parishioners, and especially those who are ill, are in my prayers.  Likewise, I pray for all those caring for us in the medical professions, as first responders, and the many who are taking care of our personal needs with great risk in this time of peril.  I ask you to join me in offering these special prayers.                               --  fr. jeff

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

     

 
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