Parish: 233-3092 | School: 232-5290 | Faith Formation: 232-3514 | 2900 Hoover Avenue, Ames IA

Dear Fellow Parishioners:

Yesterday, May 20, Archbishop Jackels announced that beginning the weekend of May 30/31, the Solemnity of Pentecost, that parishes of the Archdiocese will be able to gather publicly for the celebration of Mass.

For the past month our parish staff has been discussing protocols we will need to have in place when word comes that we can reopen. The church has been thoroughly cleaned: carpet and pew pads cleaned, pews wiped down. We have been reviewing protocols from other dioceses while awaiting a checklist and direction from the Archdiocese. Yesterday’s announcement, while anticipated at some point, came as a surprise. We basically have about 6 working days to prepare, not a sufficient time to put in place everything that needs to be done before reopening to assure that the worship space is the safest we can provide for everyone who wishes to come.

While the Archbishop states parishes “are able to gather” he did not state they “must” gather “should the priest decide that it isn’t prudent” to do so.

While I realize many are longing to return to public worship, in order to work out the many details in terms of how social distancing, Holy Communion pattern, and other details of the liturgy need to be worked out and the necessary “in servicing” of our liturgical ministers I, in consultation with the parish staff, have decided to delay our opening for public Mass on the weekends.

We will reopen on the weekend of June 13/14, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi).

Over the next weeks we will keep you updated as to how our plans are proceeding.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Let us continue to pray for one another.

Father Jim Secora