Categories: COVID-19 Updates

Update based on “Stay-at-home” from Governor (Updated 3-26)

**Confession procedure change and a note on Mass in convent** updates are marked with **

**Concerning Mass I have spoken with the Archdiocese and they recognize that our particular situation here in Bremerton with the convent requires a slight adjustment in following the protocols outlined by the Archbishop’s letter. They have given us the okay with continuing as we have been doing things.**

The parish office will be closed although we will be answering the phones and checking on mail and other essential business. All the parish staff is available by email or phone. Those members of the staff who are necessary to make sure that the church is sanitized and clean and that the parish plant is maintained and safe will be on the property.

The Archdiocese has also said the following:

“Churches Can Be Open for Prayer We need to ensure that the faithful are able to visit the sacred space of the church for private prayer.”

So if you are out for essential activities such as grocery shopping or doctor visits or to buy pet food – or – for walking, hiking, running or biking – just know that the church is open from 7am to 8pm.

Concerning Confessions the Archdiocese gives this direction:

“Similarly, we can no longer publicize hours in which a priest is available at the church for pastoral or sacramental needs. Instead, we must make it very clear to parishioners how they can reach a pastor for such needs or for a pastoral emergency. Please be sure parishioners know how to reach their priest.”

So we no longer will have confessions scheduled.

However, I want to make sure that you know how to reach me if you need anything!!!

**(I’ve been a little uncomfortable with the way we were doing confessions and so we will be moving them to the St. Joseph side stairway – it’ll be obvious – as the candle will be lit when confessions are available. Please just come in and don’t open or close the door and just stand there for your confession. That way you don’t have to touch anything.)**

Wed-Friday at 5pm, and on Saturday at 10am and 3pm.

Anointings and visiting the homebound – Just call the office if there is a serious need for anointing or confession for someone.