Weekly Update for May 57, 2020

 

Dear Christ the Redeemer Parishioners,

Sunday Obligation: The obligation to attend Mass on Sunday remains lifted. If you cannot or chose not to attend Sunday Mass for any reason, you will not be sinning. There is no shame in choosing not to attend Mass if you are vulnerable, are caring for someone who is, are caring for young children for whom the distancing will be difficult, are concerned about getting sick, or for any other reason. Please take this time to sanctify your week in some other fashion until life returns to normal.

Confessions: With the onset of the summer months, the weather outside is going to continue to get hotter and more humid as we usually experience in South Louisiana. Further, in order to meet the requirement for confession to be available anonymously, the sacrament of reconciliation will now be offered in the family center. Anonymous confession will be available in the first babysitting room and face to face confession will be available in the second babysitting room. You must still wear a face mask for the duration of confession even behind the screen. Over the past few weeks, the option for a drive-in confession has not been used. Confession will still be offered at the same time from noon until 3:00 PM. chairs will continue to be arranged to allow for six feet between the confessor and the penitent. Offering confession behind the screen has been on Bishop Fabre’s heart recently. 

 

Outdoor Mass: I would like to offer again an Outdoor Mass so long as the weather is nice until as long as we can until the summer weather begins to be too difficult. Bishop Fabre has requested that we continue to use the options for outdoor liturgy because there is no seating restriction and better ventilation. Thus, Christ the Redeemer will restore the Mass on the Grass as we celebrated it for Mothers’ Day. Mass will be offered outside beside the family center at 9:00 AM for the time being. Offering Mass outdoors has also been on Bishop Fabre’s heart recently. For Mass on the Grass, each person in attendance will need to bring a chair or blanket to attend Mass. We will need to maintain the six-foot social distance and wear a facemask. 

As Mass on the Grass has no limit to the number of participants and to allow for higher quality to our live-streamed mass, Mass at 11:00 AM will be live-streamed only. I am asking for those who would normally attend the 11:00 AM Mass to attend either the outdoor Mass at 9:00 AM or either indoor Mass at 4:00 PM on Saturday or 7:00 AM on Sunday. Please be patient with me as we test the possibilities.

 

Hurricane Season:  With June 1st arriving next week, the hurricane season for 2020 will begin. This year has already been quite crazy. Please commit to praying with me for protection from storms for the duration of the season.

Our Father in Heaven,
through the powerful intercession
of Our Lady of Prompt Succor,
spare us during this hurricane season
and protect us and our homes
from all the disasters of nature.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor; hasten to help us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor; hasten to help us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor; hasten to help us.

As We Go Forward: Please consider this a time of temporary flux. Be patient as we try to adjust to the mean needs and special conditions created by the Coronavirus.  Our plans seem to be working and are starting to solidify. However, conditions can change, and we are working to stay up-to-date to keep everyone safe.

Finally, please help our Christ the Redeemer family by sharing this letter with as many people as you can. Only with your assistance can we assure that every Christ the Redeemer parishioner who wants to receive our updates can. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Fr. Alex Gaudet

Weekly Update for May 20, 2020

Dear Christ the Redeemer Parishioners,

No Live Stream Tonight: Unfortunately, I will not be able to host the live stream this evening. I have a lengthy meeting off-campus this afternoon that I do not see ending before 6:00 PM. I will resume streaming next week. 

First Public Masses: This past weekend Christ the Redeemer celebrated her first Masses with gathered parishioners since mid-March. Each Mass was attended by 40 to 60 people with plenty of room to grow. For all who attended Mass, I am deeply grateful for the gracious ways in which you received the restrictions and directions from our hospitality ministers. Our overflow option did not need to be used at any of the Masses, but it will still be available as we move along. Especially as more parishioners are likely to join us as time goes on. 

 

Sunday Obligation: The obligation to attend Mass on Sunday remains lifted. If you cannot or chose not to attend Sunday Mass for any reason, you will not be sinning. There is no shame in choosing not to attend Mass if you are vulnerable, are caring for someone who is, are caring for young children for whom the distancing will be difficult, are concerned about getting sick, or for any other reason. Please take this time to sanctify your week in some other fashion until life returns to normal.

 

Our Adoration Chapel is Open: At our 4:00 PM Mass, I misspoke about the reopening of our chapel which caused some confusion. We have arranged for our chapel to be open from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM over the course of the whole week. Please contact Sara Oubre at 985.446.8662 if you are interested in taking one of these two times.

 

Visiting the Chapel: The chapel must be used in such a way that the appropriate distancing can be maintained. We rearranged the chairs in the chapel such that each chair is six feet from the next. Therefore I ask us to consider the following when visiting the chapel. Please do not rearrange or move the chairs in the adoration chapel for the time being. If the chapel is already full please wait at the St. Jude shrine, in your vehicle, or in the church. Once you are in the chapel you must wear a face mask for the duration of your visit. There will be sanitizing wipes and spray available for you to sanitize your chair when you enter the chapel and when you leave. Once you are in the chapel please be mindful that there may be others waiting to get in the chapel.

 

Flocknote: Shortly before the beginning of the coronavirus situation, Christ the Redeemer started the transition into the Flocknote communication system. If you receive messages from Christ the Redeemer using the Flocknote system. These are legitimate and safe. However, as with all digital communications, you should be critical of strange messages and if you are unsure, please contact our offices to verify the information. 

 

Office Opening: Christ the Redeemer’s office staff will be returning to a more normal work schedule which resembles the reopening procedure being used at the Diocese. Our staff will be returning to normal working hours; however, for the time being, we are not ready to receive visitors to our office. This means that our office will for the time being remain closed to the public for the safety of our staff.  Our Church building will remain open, but we will not be meeting with people inside on our campus. 

As We Go Forward: Please consider this week a trial period for all of us. This will let us know if we have a need for more Mass times on the weekends or the weekdays or more time for Confession. This will let us get the processes for communion and attendance set until things return to normal.

Finally, please help our Christ the Redeemer family by sharing this letter with as many people as you can. Only with your assistance can we assure that every Christ the Redeemer parishioner who wants to receive our updates can. Thank you.

 

Sincerely,

Fr. Alex Gaudet

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