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The Bulletin: Each Saturday night we send an easily-readable digital version of the bulletin via email. Add yourself to the list and stay up-to-date as we establish our community.
Other Groups: Emails on an as-needed basis for those interested Adult Cathechesis, Women's Group, Men's Group, Young Adult group, etc. (Ususally about 2 per month.)
His Excellency, Bishop Frank Dewane has decided to extend the dispensation for the Diocese of Venice from attending Sunday Mass through September 1, at which time it will be reevaluated.
He likewise repeats the instruction that the faithful are to wear masks while at Mass to take greater precaution of avoiding any spreading of virus to one´s neighbor at this time.
Again, anyone who is at risk, vlunerable, sick, are encouraged to stay home and sanctify the day as best one can- e.g. watching a livemass transmission, praying the rosary, etc.
Our priests are available for any personal pastoral attention one might need.
Sunday masses celebrated in the main churches at Resurrection and St. William have plenty of space to spread out. Likewise masses during the week at St. Agnes average around 40-50 in attendance, which one can freely attend instead of Sunday mass which is not obliging at this time.
The External Solemnity of the Sacred Heart will be celebrated at all our Masses on Sunday, June 21st, so that all who could not come last Friday may not miss this great Feast day, which is celebrated with the same propers as on the feast, and the recitation of the Act or Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus after each mass. Benediction will be given at the end of the 845am Sunday Mass as well,
Given the new Sunday schedule of 4 masses, there may not always be confessions during the Sunday masses. We will try to always be available 20-30 minutes before each mass. We also hear confessions every day during the week, before and usually during the masses at St. Agnes, and likewise by appointment. We recommend that those who can come during the week leave Sundays to those who may only be able to go on that day.
Small confessionals are not able to be used under current restrictions therefore, Confessions are currently heard:
at St. Agnes in the room in the back of the chapel.
at Resurrection in the meeting room on the south side of the back entrance
at St. William in the sacristy (to the left after one enters the front entrance)
Every year with the harvest of new priests ordained, the North American District expands to reach more souls throughout the continent. Accordingly there are priest transfers every year to fulfill these new apostolic needs.
Fr. Josh Passo, who has been assigned as assitant to our Corpus Christi apostolate since its inception in 2017, will be transferred to our apostolate in Arkansas, where he will be working on founding a second apostolate in the diocese.
Although the news is sad for us who have been the beneficiaries of his great priestly dedication to the sanctification of our souls these last 3 years, we should be happy for him in this promotion towards becoming a pastor, and happy to see the work of our Fraternity expand to new souls who will receive a full time FSSP apostolate as we did here. Such is the nature of our apostolic work, in imitation of Our Lord and the apostles who after founding a community, continued on to found yet more.
It is a time for us to remember that behind every priest is Christ the High Priest, who remains with us always, giving us what he knows we need, even if at times it is not what we prefer; and that here we have no lasting home, but sojourn as pilgrims towards our eternal, heavenly home. That which most gladdens the heart of a priest, is to see the his flock put it into practice that which he has taught them, to show that they have understood that their greatest desire was to lead and attach them to Christ and not their own particular personality. Such is the spirituality of the priest who acts in persona Christi.
We should also consider it a compliment to our community which has been so supportive of him in prayer and faithful in following his good teachings in word and example, which is thus left spiritually well established, and ready to receive another younger priest to serve in his stead as assistant.
The transfers are effective as of July 1st. Stay tuned for more details regarding any going away party. Otherwise please thank our good Father Passo for his 3 years of dedicated service to our community, and promise him your prayers for the success of the new endeavor Our Lord asks him to undertake.
Other changes in the district involve:
Fr. Dupre, pastor of our parish church of Christ the King, will be transferred to Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Fr. Hathaway will take over as pastor of Christ the King.
Fr. Chris Mahowald will be assigned as the new assistant of Christ the King.
Fr. Anthony Dorsa will be assigned as the new assistant of Corpus Christi Chapel
This Thursday is the great feast of Corpus Christi. We could not be blessed with a greater patron than our Eucharistic Lord, the Word made Flesh who continues to dwell among us. We will have a low Mass at 4pm and a sung Mass at 5:15pm. Please register for the 5:15 sung Mass on our website.
By order of our Bishop public masses have resumed in the diocese of Venice as of Monday, May 18th. A restriction of 50% of max occupant capacity applies for each mass according to the place in which it is celebrated. See the original letter (6.26.20) here.
Schedule of Masses (as of May 18th until further notice)
The following is the new/provisional schedule of Corpus Christi's public masses. Please read carefully all important details below regarding the various necessary changes to our normal routines and practices.
- Monday-Friday: 4:00pm, & 5:15pm
- Saturday: 7:30am
- Sunday: 7:15am, & 8:45am
Resurrection, Fort Myers
Main church, 50% capacity / 200+ people
- Sunday: 12:30pm
St. William, Naples
Main church, 50% capacity / 400+ people
- Sunday: 4:30pm
Obligation of Attending Mass
The faithful of the Diocese of Venice are not obliged to attend Sunday mass through at least November 27. As it is not an obligation to go on Sunday, one may freely choose another day during the week if one wishes to go at least once a week. The daily mass at St. Agnes averages between 40-50 people.
Details Regarding Masses at St. Agnes' Chapel
- One must sign up for any Sunday Mass at St. Agnes they wish to attend so that everyone can know if there will be room for them given the very limited space at St. Agnes' chapel. This is not necessary for the weekday masses (Monday- Friday at 5:15pm) unless otherwise noted for a special occasion. The chapel has space (max capacity-90) for all who wish to attend.
- When there are two masses scheduled in a row, please be mindful to come only 15 minutes in advance, and to leave within 15 minutes after mass so as to give time to sanitize common areas/seats and allow for the next group of people to come in. We will need volunteers to help with these tasks after each Mass.
Details Regarding All Masses
- Holy Communion can only be received on the tongue in the Latin Mass. The Bishop has likewise confirmed this for us. If one is uncomfortable with this at this time, then one is urged to make a spiritual communion.
- The Bishop has asked that all wear masks when coming to mass. Although one may feel this is not necessary or that one is willing to take any risk in not wearing one, your neighbor might be at greater risk and it is thus recommended as the safer course to follow for the common good. One must procure one's own of whatever form, as they will not be provided.
- Shared missals, bulletins etc. will not be available. We recommend that one bring one's own missal, or follow the online missal from the website- of livemass.net, where everything is conveniently laid out in order for each day, and that one sign up for our weekly ebulletin or at least check the "news" section of our webpage weekly, as we navigate through and make possible forthcoming adjustments under these new circumstances.
- Chairs/pews will be marked as to their availability so as to space people with prudent physical distancing, although those of the same household are allowed to sit together of course. Please observe the same 6 feet distancing when you line up for Holy Communion.
Confessions will be heard before and after daily and Sunday Mass at St. Agnes in the back room. Confessions are heard at Resurrection, Fort Myers, in the meeting room at the back hallway on the right, before and after mass. Confessions are heard at St. William's in the sacristy before and often during mass. One can likewise schedule a personal appointment with the priests.
Your Tithe & Giving
Collections will be taken up at masses, but online giving is available and most recommended as it will make for less interaction between people and ushers.
Donations by mail may also be made out and addressed to Corpus Christi Chapel, 7775 Vanderbilt Beach Rd. Naples FL 34120.
It is recommended that donations, particularly larger ones, be generally directed to the building fund, which is not taxed and which receives a 3.25% interest rate, and will be exclusively used for our future parish home, unless there were an unforeseen/emergency operational expense that we did not have enough to pay from our operational account. Excess in the operational account is periodically transferred to the building account.
For those in economic hardships at this time, we are praying for you, let us know if you may need any help, and please remember your first duty is toward your family as the obligations of charity begin at home.
Again, it is not of obligation to attend these masses, and it may be more prudent, and thus more sanctifying and pleasing to God, for any at risk or caring for those at risk to stay home. If one chooses to attend mass, one is doing so under one's own responsibility, conscious that there may be possible health risks at a public gathering at this time.
We likewise remain, as we have this whole time, available by private appointment for any sacramental needs you or your family may have. Do not hesitate to ask.
Though these new arrangements require some sacrifices we may not like, please remember they are prudent judgments taken by the legitimate authority in care for the common good. Please recall too that we are guests at the churches where we offer mass in our pilgrim state, and it corresponds to the pastors of the said churches to apply such norms to the particular circumstances they are responsible for. Please remember that we are not in charge of those guidelines and be grateful that we are resuming mass. Remember that mass makes present the crucifixion of Christ before us, which likewise required from him a certain degree of sacrifice, self-denial and uncomfortability. :) And all the more motivation to give generously to build our own future parish home!
Please let us know if you have any further questions, and continue to check our page for ongoing announcements/ adjustments. We are very grateful to God and our Bishop to be able to celebrate public mass with you all again.
"But 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 use of face masks, nor any other creature, nor the avoidance of any other creature by social distancing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Rom 8.37-39, Newly Revised Coronavirus Standard Version
St. William Catholic Church. 601 Seagate Dr. Naples, FL 34108
Main church, 50% capacity / 400+ people
- Sunday: 4:30pm (beginning June 7)
Please recall that the guidelines require us to wear masks at Mass. Please observe any other guidelines regarding the pews available for seating. The collection will be taken up after mass, deposited in baskets by the exit.
Please remember that we are guests in another's church. We are very grateful for this opportunity to have another mass and more space in the Naples area!
Please Pray for the new FSSP priests and deacons to be ordained for our North American District on Monday, June 1st in Lincoln Nebraska. Public invitations will not be possible this year, but one can follow the ceremony via http://www.livemass.net/ at 11am EST.
Fr. Romanoski will be attending the ordination, and will be away from Sunday afternoon until Wednesday night.
It will not be necessary to sign up for masses at Resurrection (12:30pm Sunday) as we will celebrate in the main church in the available pews desginated to assure physical distancing. There is room for about 220 people. Families can sit together of course.
One must enter through the front door (our usual entrance is the back door- which will only be for handicapped) and exit out the side doors.
Only the bathroom at the front of the church will be available. Those on the side exiting out the halls toward the back are only available if there were some more urgent need.
Again, the Bishop has asked that one bring one's own mask while at church to be extra careful to not possibly infect someone else who might be more at risk.
One may kneel for Holy Communion, and is encouraged to do so if one can, but there will ony be pads on the floor and not kneelers available to do so.
Dear Corpus Christi families,
I regret to inform you that it will not be possible to have our 2020 summer camp. Although public masses will be resuming, with certain restrictions, other parish activities are cancelled by the diocese until further notice. We do not know when that will change, and even if it were sooner rather than later, that would give us very little time to plan for the camp, which would still need to pass the approval of our hosts at Royal Palm Academy and would probably be complicated by any other restrictions that would be in place under this gradual reopening. If you have signed up and submitted any payment, and have not yet received an email from me, please let me know at your earliest conveinence, as your payment will of course be fully refunded.
If possible we hope to attempt some activities with the youth during the summer, for those here and interested and we look forward of course to next year's summer's camp. We will keep you posted.