WEEKEND MASS SCHEDULE
SATURDAY 4:00 p.m (church)
SUNDAY 8:00 a.m. (church)
9:30 a.m (church)
11:15 a.m. (church)
5:00 p.m. (church)
DAILY MASS SCHEDULE
MONDAY – SATURDAY 8:15 a.m. (church)
December 14, 2021
I’m writing to share the direction that the Pastors of the Diocese of Orange received today regarding a mandate promulgated by the California Department of Public Health. The direction below came to us through the Diocese. As you can tell, the direction is pretty open-ended. Please read on, what immediately follows came from the Diocese.
“On Monday, December 13, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced a mask mandate that will go into effect on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 and is scheduled to last until January 15, 2022. The mandate states that all people, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask indoors…
Additionally, the CDPH also issued guidance regarding “mega events,” which are defined as gatherings of 1,000 or more people at an event. In this case, all people attending the event will have to show proof of Covid vaccination or, if the person is not fully vaccinated, they will need to show proof of a negative Covid test. This test must be conducted within one day for antigen tests, and within two days for PCR tests.
However, given the Supreme Court decisions that limited the State’s right to impose Covid mandates for worship, it is our understanding that these new directives from the CDPH would not apply to Masses, celebrations of other sacraments or devotions. Of course, unvaccinated people should wear a mask and those who are vaccinated are free to wear a mask if they so choose.
Should there be changes and/or clarifications, appropriate and timely communications will be made.
14 December 2021
Memorial of Saint John of the Cross”
From the direction I’m given here, here are my thoughts as we gather for Advent and Christmas liturgies, meetings, classes and prayer.
First let’s use common sense. If you aren’t vaccinated, please stay home and stay safe. We have continued to live-stream liturgies, not so much that we want an on-line presence, but because I’ve been anticipating this sort of mandate for a while. So please tune in if you choose to self-quarantine. Your Mass participation on-line will fulfill any Sunday obligation.
June 20, 2021 Livestream Update
- The Sunday morning Masses are livestreamed for the sick and homebound.
- Daily Mass will continue to be livestreamed.
June 13, 2021 Weekend Mass Update
The Diocese of Orange has announced that due to low COVID case rates, we are able to make adjustments at our parish. As a result, the parish will slowly begin to phase in altar servers, ushers and the choir. Bishop Vann is discontinuing the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass.
The parish will begin the transition Mass back into the church as follows:
- June 20: 8:00 a.m. Mass – church only
- June 27: 11:15 a.m. Mass – church only
- July 3: 4:00 p.m. Mass – church only
- July 4: 9:30 am.m Mass – church only
May 14, 2021, COVID-19 Update per CDC Website
- If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did before the pandemic.
- Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
An Update from the Pastor, February 18, 2021
As we announced at the masses this past weekend, we have some exciting news regarding the re-opening of the church!
Starting today, all 8:15am masses (Monday-Saturday) will be celebrated in the church and will also be live-streamed. For those parishioners who are attending in person, you are invited to sit in the section to the left of the center aisle as you enter the church. If necessary, you may also sit in the section furthest to the left.
Tuesday-Friday we will continue to be joined by students from our school. They will sit in the section to the right of the center aisle as you enter the church. If necessary, they will also sit in the section furthest to the right.
Going forward starting this weekend, we will begin to celebrate liturgy in the church. For now, the 4pm Saturday mass and the 9:30am Sunday mass will be celebrated in both the church and the tent. The 8am and 11:15am Sunday masses will be celebrated only in the tent. The 5pm Sunday mass will be celebrated only in the church.
Attendance in the church is limited to 225 people. Masks are required. Social distancing must be observed. When we have reached 225 people in the church, we will direct all other folks to the tent. Since attendance at 5pm Sunday mass is currently less than 100 people, we do not see a need for a simultaneous mass in the tent. We will let you know if that changes.
Here is what the schedule looks like:
WEEKEND MASS SCHEDULE
- SATURDAY 4:00 p.m (church and tent)
- SUNDAY 8:00 a.m. (tent only)
- 9:30 a.m (church and tent)
- 11:15 a.m. (tent only)
- 5:00 p.m. (church only)
DAILY MASS SCHEDULE
- MONDAY – SATURDAY 8:15 a.m. (church only)
We will be following all diocesan and health department safety requirements:
- Masks are required for everyone attending Mass
- All those attending must distance themselves at least six feet apart
- The church will be cleaned and disinfected after each Mass
Links to the live-streamed Masses can be found on the parish YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/StsSimonandJude or by clicking on the YouTube logo in the bottom right corner of the parish website, www.ssj.org
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will continue to be available outside on Mondor Plaza in front of the Parish Office on Saturday mornings following the 8:15am mass.