November Novena Letter

October 1, 2020

To Our Parish Family,

As we continue to cope with the challenge of going on with life in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones well and safe. During the past few weeks we have experienced a small increase in the number of parishioners coming back to attend mass in person and this has been encouraging and heart-warming to be able to celebrate mass with a congregation in our beautiful church.  For those of you who are not able or ready to attend mass in person we will continue to live-stream mass at 5pm on Saturdays and 11:30 am on Sunday morning.  We will also seek to provide the possibility of virtual access to our education and faith formation offerings.  I believe that it is most important in these abnormal times to continue our normal offerings and activities as a parish, even though the way we do so must be adapted to keep everyone safe.  It is important to keep connected as we continue to worship together and support each other as we navigate new challenges in faith and hope.

To this end, I write to let you know that we will continue our custom of praying a special novena of masses during the month of November for our loved ones who have died, and to remember them in our annual parish memorial mass on Sunday, November 1st at 11:30 am.  You have been mailed an envelope for you to respond with the names of those loved ones you would like to have placed on the altar for the masses to be said for them during the month.

Also, it is our custom to read out the names of those who died and were buried from our parish during the past year. However, some of you may have people you loved who died recently, but who lived and were buried elsewhere. If you do have someone like this whom you would like to have included in this special remembrance at the memorial mass, please include a note with your response to give us their name and that you would like them to be so included.

Let us continue to hold each other in prayer,

Fr. William Au, Pastor