Confessions this Friday, April 3rd, at St. Agnes, 4:30pm-6pm
Dear Corpus Christi Chapel faithful,
This update is just to confirm that we will be available for confessions this evening at St. Agnes, outside from 4:30pm-6:00pm (or later, until all have finished).
- All must remain in their cars until it is their time to approach for confession. This will ensure prudent physical distancing proper to the health precautions being taken at this time and the protection of the seal of confession. KIDS may NOT play outside, nor adults congregate to chat.
- Instructions will be given there as to how to proceed. Please stay in "line/order" in your cars until it is your turn to come out.
- Both Father Passo and Fr. Romanoski will be available for confession.
- As there may be those who feel a greater need for confession at this time, please be mindful of the precedence that needs to be given to such souls. Likewise, be mindful to keep your confession focused on the matter proper to the sacrament- sins one has voluntarily committed, and if mortal in species and number. Remember that the obligation to attend mass on Sundays was lifted mid-March and no other specific substitute, like hearing Mass on Sunday online is binding under pain of sin.
- (N.B.- obviously when there is a practical impossibility/inconvenience, one can fulfill one's First Friday or First Saturday devotion at the next convenient time).
- Any need for advice, counsel, time to talk can easily be done at another time with us by phone or private appointment.
- We are glad that the civil order respects "religious services" as essential to peoples' needs, and will try to plan what we can given our limited possibilities while not having our own place. Please stay tuned to the websit for any forthcoming announcements.
- But as it is deemed prudent to avoid social gatherings anyway, we have been very happy to receive and will continue to receive you by appointment as a family or as individuals for any sacramental needs you fell you may have. Just call either one of us and we will arrange the details as is most convenient for you.
At your service,
In the Sorrowful Heart of Mary, to whom we unite our Lenten sacrifices,
Fr. Romanoski FSSP & Fr. Passo FSSP
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Christi Chapel faithful,
I pray that you are all well in soul and body, growing in God's never failing grace by much prayer and penance in this holy season of Lent. Indeed the best penances are those we do not to choose and which challenge us more deeply, as we now contemplate in the life of the dearly beloved Son of God during Passiontide.
As there have been changing guidelines in the past two weeks, it has been difficult to schedule anything publicly, especially since we don't have our own church to work out of. But, barring any proximate changes beyond our control, this Friday, April 3rd, we will make the sacrament of confession available at St. Agnes from 4:30pm-6:00pm, for those who would like.
The current guidelines for any public confessions are that they are to take place outside while maintaining appropriate distancing to avoid any possible spreading of germs. Please follow the instructions that we give when you arrive so as to avoid forming lines, remaining in your cars when you arrive until it is your turn to approach for confession. At present we have no practical way of distributing Holy Communion publicly, without having our own church to use for it. We just hope and pray that these prudential, temporary sacrifices of avoiding public gatherings, will ensure that things return more speedily to normal operations in our spiritual and civil family.
"Let nothing disturb thee,
Nothing affright thee
All things are passing;
God never changeth;
Attaineth to all things;
Who God possesseth
In nothing is wanting;
God alone sufficeth."
St. Theresa of Avila
We likewise have been and remain available by personal appointment. We are always available for any sacramental needs you may have. Please note that many hospitals are not allowing priests into visit the sick, so if you have such an emergency please try to call us first before you are taken to the hospital, if you sense that there is a grave sacramental need. It is always important to know the saving value of and how to make a perfect act of contrition, for which I highly recommend the following "The Golden Key to Paradise- Perfect Contrition" read here;, also on audio here.
We likewise hope and pray that you are responding generously to God amidst the challenge he has
given us to live an even more spiritual life at this time to be united with Him in the mansion of our soul
where He truly dwells in those who love Him and keep His commandments. Although you are physically absent at our masses you are still spiritually united to all of them, which we offer twice daily for you. Pope Pius XII explains this mystical union (Mediator Dei #103) of the Mass as the
sacrifice of the whole Christ- that is the whole Mystical Body, whose members
we form by baptism, which is offered together with Christ, its head, upon every
altar. Thus you, your family, your petitions, your sorrows, your hearts are
present with us every time we elevate the Sacred Host in sacrifice- per
ipsum et cum ipso et in ipso (through Him, with Him and in
Him). We pray that you continue
to spiritually unite yourself with all the Masses offered throughout the world through
their daily transmission on livemass.net, and that you continue to grow in
grace through these Lenten sacrifices our Lord requests of us, ever mindful that...
"in all these things we overcome, because of him that hath loved us.  For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor might,  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:37).