JUNE 7, 2021 UPDATE – from Most Reverend Gerald M. Barbarito, Bishop of Palm Beach
“I am very pleased to announce that the time has arrived for us in the Diocese of Palm Beach to return to a more normal attendance in church by relaxing the pandemic safety restrictions which have limited us for over a year. As of the weekend of June 19/20, the general dispensations from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass will no longer be necessary and will be lifted. However, one may still excuse oneself from attending Mass for reasons of health, tending to an infirm person, or out of concern for contracting or spreading an illness.
I am also pleased to announce that, as of the same weekend, the majority of safety restrictions in place within our churches will no longer be necessary. It is left to the prudent judgment of each pastor to determine what is best for his particular church. Church chapels may be used for weekday Masses and chapels of Eucharistic adoration may also be opened in accord with liturgical norms. However, for the present time, it will still not be possible to provide Holy Communion under both species as well as to fill traditional holy water fonts. The manner of the sharing of a sign of peace at Mass will be at the prudent discretion of each of the faithful.
Precaution and safety are the primary concerns which must be considered in the matter of wearing masks. In church, it is left to the judgment of each vaccinated person whether to wear a mask or not, while it is a just expectation, in a forum of trust, that an unvaccinated person wear one for the present time. Masks and hand sanitizers will continue to be made available in church.
I am deeply grateful to our priests and all of our faithful who have cooperated so well in following the safety precautions during this difficult time. You have made a Catholic church one of the safest places to be and we want to ensure that this continues for the future. The livestreaming of Masses and liturgical services have proven to be a great blessing and are still encouraged on a local level for the spiritual enrichment of the faithful.
We thank God for the progress that has been made to this point and ask His continued protection in remaining safe and healthy.”
For the entire message, as well as for more information, please check the Diocese of Palm
Beach website: https://www.diocesepb.org. Scroll below for additional details on current COVID-19 protocols.
Beginning Saturday, June 12 through September 25, 2021 our daily Mass Schedule will change to celebrate 9:00 am Mass, Monday through Friday (no Saturday morning service). We will continue to have confessions an Saturday at 3:15 pm and our 4:30 pm Vigil Mass. The Sunday schedule remains unchanged: 8:00 am, 10:00 am and 12 Noon.
Our parish Bible Study has resumed and we’d love you to join us. We’ll meet via Zoom for now to keep things safe, but that won’t crimp our style! When we study and discuss Scripture together, we discover the deep spiritual bond that ties us together as Catholics. So we hope you’ll join us and add your questions and insights to our study.
We plan to study the Book of Revelation, using the Little Rock Scripture Series. The two books for the course, a study guide and a commentary, will be available for purchase in the parish office at a cost of $20. You’ll also need a copy of the New American Bible. The study will be held each week for eight weeks, and classes will be held on either Thursday or Friday mornings. The study will be facilitated by Deacon Ken Vianale. The Book of Revelation is one of the most interesting and misunderstood books of the Bible. If you wish to join us or want more information, you can email Deacon Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can call the parish office at 561-997-5486.
DIOCESAN CHURCHES – The Bishop has lifted the majority of safety restrictions that were put in place last year. It is important to continually check back for updates as we move forward. We continue to ask for your patience and cooperation during this time.
- In Person Daily Mass – The church will be available for private prayer before and after Mass starting at 8:30 am and closing at 10:00 am. We are on our Summer Schedule and offer daily Mass Monday through Friday at 9:00 am.
- In Person Weekend Mass – The 4:30 pm Vigil and 8:00 am, 10:00 am and 12 noon Sunday Masses will now have less restrictive seating capacity. (Note the 7:00 pm has NOT resumed). All weekend Masses will continue to be livestreamed in the Family Center if you would be more comfortable with the social distancing provided in that area. Let one of our greeters know if you prefer Family Center seating. An EMHC will be sent into the Family Center for Communion.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – Check back for updates on our program for children in Pre-K through high school which will resume in September.
RCIA – Check back for updates on our classes for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
TELEVISED WEEKEND MASS – Livestream the 4:30 Vigil or 10:00 Sunday Mass via FaceBook or YouTube . The videos will be available to watch after the livestream. You can also watch the Diocese of Palm Beach Sunday Mass at 10:30 am on TV channel CW34 WTVX.
PARISH OFFICE – open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri). All visitors MUST wear masks. You can also call the office at 561-997-5486 during regular business hours and we will be glad to assist you.
Check back for details on all other group meetings, ministries and activities at our parish.
Stay connected and get frequent updates about what is going on at Ascension by using our Parish App on your cell phone. CLICK HERE for all the details.
DIOCESAN COVID-19 RESOURCES and Bishop Gerald Barbarito’s statement regarding liturgical precautions during the coronavirus pandemic. Know that our parish priests are keeping you all in their daily prayers.
If you want to know more about our online series, send an email to Cindy Nau at email@example.com. Let’s stay connected!