Frankly, the cards and gifts are a bit overwhelming. And “thank you” never seems to convey the depth of the emotion that they call forth. Each of you have given a piece of themselves to me, for safe keeping; and my promise is that I will indeed treasure each of you in my heart! Being Servant Leader at Newman was a privilege and I’m grateful to the Holy Triune God for the gifts that helped me to minister to this community. My formation as a priest continues, and my time at Newman will be an integral part of that growth. Newman is a special place, and it holds a large part of my heart in its history. I am grateful to each of you for your cards and gifts.
Blessings in Dominic and Catherine!
In July, Newman will be returning to its “usual” Mass schedule of four weekend Masses. Mass times will be: 5 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 5 p.m. on Sunday. The earliest Sunday Mass is at 8:30 a.m. — not 9 a.m. — to allow for thorough cleaning between Masses. The 11 a.m. Sunday Mass will continue to be livestreamed. Please visit www.comonewman.org/attend-mass to sign up to attend Mass.
All the faithful of the Diocese of Jefferson City, and those who are present in the territory of the Diocese, are dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation until 11 September 2020, provided that for days of precept after 1 July 2020 they do one of the following:
- Participate in the Sunday or holy day of obligation Mass livestreamed from their parish church or chapel, the Cathedral, or the Vatican.
- Prayerfully read and meditate on the readings of the Mass for the Sunday or holy day of obligation, and recite the rosary.
- Prayerfully read and meditate on the readings of the Mass for the Sunday or holy day of obligation, and recite the Divine Mercy chaplet.
Visit www.diojeffcity.org/public-health to read the Bishop’s latest updates.
Newman is planning to have its Summer Blood Drive up in our MPR on Sunday, July 26, and the American Red Cross says that it will be very safe. Masks will be worn, social distancing will take place at all times except the actual blood draw, and all surfaces will be cleaned repeatedly. We will try to more carefully schedule donors to keep a lower number of folks present in the room. The actual need for blood was low during the “lock-down,” which was good because of the many cancelled blood drives. But now with elective surgeries back on and trauma cases increased with moving traffic, the need for blood is great. If you are healthy and willing to come out during this COVID-19 pandemic to help those in need, please mark your calendar for Sunday, July 26. Information about how to sign up electronically to schedule a blood donation will follow soon.