As a pastor, I would like to ensure you know that the Bishop has given us his guidelines for how we will be celebrating Palm Sunday and the Holy Week as we follow the CDC guidelines during these unusual times. On March 25th, the Bishop provided a video you are able to view as well as his letter on the Diocesan website at dioceseofscranton.org. The Bishop has suspended the celebration of Masses that are open to the public and all public gatherings in parishes and worship sites until further notice.
As the Bishop says, “we are being called to be socially distant from one another, it does not mean we have to be spiritually distant.” (Bishops Letter, March 26)
We will be letting you know of all of the times that liturgies will be aired on live-stream and those that will be taped. We will let you know how you will be able to pick-up palms.
Bishop’s letter, March 25, 2020. Regarding Confession: “With the increasing difficulty for individuals to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation due to the current health crisis, the faithful are reminded that by having perfect contrition, one can receive the forgiveness of sins apart from going to confession. Perfect contrition requires the following three things: a love of God above all else; a sincere desire for the forgiveness from sin; and the resolution to go to confession as soon as possible when this health crisis subsides.”
As I mentioned during last week’s Mass, We are called to be People of Faith and People of Hope. Let us persevere through this with God’s Graces as we pray for each other and we pray together.
Father Daniel Toomey
Masses will be live streamed from each of the churches on our Facebook Page
Sundays at 8 am from Our Lady of Victory
Sundays at 10 am from Gate of Heaven
If you do not have access to Facebook, or cannot be on at those times, a link to these weekly Masses will be put on our website, goholv.org, after the completion of the live Masses.
Stations of the Cross
Please visit our website on Fridays.
Noon: Gate of Heaven Stations of the Cross
7 pm: Our Lady of Victory Stations of the Cross