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Confession Schedule - Carfessional:  Drive-Thru Church Parking Lot

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday  3:00-3:30 pm

Saturday 2:30—3:30 pm

See videos below for New Temporary Confession Procedures

Click here to watch video NEW Confession Procedure

After Two Days of #Carfessional

Parish Giving

We are SO grateful and thankful for the MANY congregants who have asked us how they can continue to support their parish during this difficult time, when public Masses have been suspended. There are several options, all of which can be completed safely from home:

1) Mail your contribution to the parish. That is the simplest option for all, and your regular envelope packet always includes a special white envelope with the parish mailing address. A regular mailing envelope is fine too!

2) Set St. Louis Catholic Church up as a vendor in your own bank's bill payment system, and instruct the bank to send us a check on a one-time, or recurring basis; whichever you prefer. This is a fee-free option for you and the parish, and we have many in our congregation taking advantage of this convenient option.

3) Finally, as was discussed in episode 2 of "Coffee with Parishioners," the ability to contribute to St. Louis Parish online through the Diocesan website was introduced. The link to do that is attached below, if that option appeals to you.

Now, more than ever, we understand and appreciate the personal sacrifice each contribution represents. Please know we will continue to do our utmost to be careful stewards of the treasure you place in our trust.

https://cdop.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/parishes

In response both to the governor's "shelter in place" order and to the overall observation of the status of the spread of the virus and the advice coming from various experts.  The key points that need to be communicated to all are:

1) We are no longer able to keep the chapel open for private prayer, for the time being.

2) Reconciliation will be done outside in the Church parking lot via your car. Please see videos posted at the top of this page for procedure.  

 

3) As the threat of the virus continues to show signs of increasing before it will decrease, we must be prepared for the likelihood of the suspension of Mass and other public religious activities lasting longer than any of us would prefer.  This will include Holy Week, the Easter Triduum, and Easter Sunday.  I am in the process of consulting with the diocese and other priests about what a private celebration of the Triduum will look like, including what can be made available through online media, and what recommendations would be made for private observance of Holy Week.  We will continue to find ways to remember that we are united in prayer, especially in this holiest of seasons.  It is best that we begin processing this most unfortunate news now, so that when Holy Week arrives, we can better focus our energy on all that we CAN still do to enter into prayer together.

God bless you all and please know of our prayers for all of you.  

 

In Christ through Mary,

Fr. Daniel Gifford, Pastor

St. Louis Catholic Church

2016 St Louis Parish Princeton, IL

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