A Message from Father Bernie

Dear Friends,

Here are a couple of opportunities we are working on as we start to reopen our campus.  First of all, we are now celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation at regular scheduled times; Saturday 3 pm – 4 pm, Tuesday 5 pm -5:45 pm, Wednesday 5 pm – 5:45 pm.  To allow for adequate spacing and creating an opportunity to celebrate the sacrament in anonymity or face to face, we will be using the small conference room/office just inside the north entry of the Atrium.  Because Fr. Martin & I anticipate quite a few people seeking this sacrament, we ask that penitents stay focused on celebrating the sacrament when they enter the temporary confessional.  I know many of us have been cooped up for months and are starving for some social interaction, but we also want to ensure that those who are in need of reconciliation will be afforded an opportunity to go to Confession.

Another step in the reopening process will be formulation of a safe plan for our people to make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament for prayer (either the Nativity Chapel or Main Worship Space).  Based on the age composition of Eucharistic Adoration participants and of those who were taking advantage of prayer visits to the primary worship space prior to the state shut-down, this will likely not be happening for a bit.  At the least, I will want to see if there is a spike in new COVID-19 cases in our part of the state following the gradual reopening which commenced May 4th.  A consultation with the Vanderburgh County Health Department will also weigh heavily in this decision.

God bless you for your patience and continued prayer for our community.

Christ’s peace,

Fr. Bernie