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

Updated Message from Father Jim 

Dear Fellow Parishioners:

First of all, be assured of my continued remembrance of each of you in my daily prayer and Mass.  My “altar” is now the top of the dresser in my bedroom!  It’s taken a little adjustment on my part to offering a “private” Mass where I both give the usual greetings and then answer myself with the people’s response.  In case you’re wondering about the “homily”, I read the daily reflection from “Give Us The Day.” 

I want to communicate to you a few things as we continue as a parish in these unique circumstancs.

Mass. I’m hoping to work with a member or two from our staff to begin live-streaming at least the Sunday Mass beginning next Sunday, March 29.  Please stay tuned for further information.  In the meantime, Sunday Mass is available at 8 a.m. on Media-Com channel 9 and at 7 and 11 a.m. on Media-Com channel 94 (EWTN).  A previous communique also gave information regarding accessing Archbishop Jackel’s Mass on the Archdiocesan website.  My apologies regarding the wrong channel information I was given about channel 23.  I tuned in at 8 a.m. and found “Everybody Loves Raymond!” Oops!

Homebound, Assisted Living, and Hospital Holy Communion.  At this time all of these been suspended.  I have had inquires from a couple of homebound ministers of people calling them and trying to set up a time for Holy Communion. I have instructed them that under no circumstances are they to accede to the request.  This is being done out of an abundance of caution for the sake not only of the homebound individual but for the minister as well.  Everyone’s cooperation is appreciated.

Sacrament of Anointing.  Archbishop Jackels has issued directives to we priests in this regard.  If a person who has coronavirus is homebound, a priest should not visit since it would require personal protective equipment (gown, mask, gloves) for which hospitals must be given priority. I will not be able to respond to any request to anoint a homebound person who has the coronavirus.  I will be happy to pray over the phone with the individual.  If death appears near, I or another family member can pray the Act of Contrition with the individual.  Church law stipulates in such extreme circumstances the Act of Contrition suffices for the forgiveness even of mortal sin. 

Confessions.  As stated previously, all public celebrations of the Sacrament of Penance are suspended.  Private personal appointments, subject to my schedule, can be arranged by calling 515-233-3092. 

Funerals or Baptisms.  Limit of participants is 10 according to the latest guidelines.  In the case of a funeral the option of hosting a Memorial Mass at a later date, if desired by the family, can be discussed.

Blessed Palms.  Right now it does appear that all public parish Masses will continue to be suspended for the foreseeable future.  There will be no blessing and making palms available for pick up in the Narthex.  The coronavirus lives for a period of time on surfaces.  So if someone has it and then gathers up some palm leaves they would be leaving the virus on any other palm they touched.
Financial tithing Even though we are not able to gather together publicly, our usual monthly operating expenses continue.  For those of you who do EFT, your contributions continue to be drawn from the financial information you have given us.  For those of you who use envelopes, please either drop them off personally in the wall slot located outside of the St. Clare Room (aka the “New Usher’s Room” located on the northeast end of the narthex, or you can put them in the U.S. Mail.  Your generosity at this time is deeply appreciated in helping us to “keep the lights on.”

I will continue to stay in contact with you via these communiques, or if we can get things set up, by live stream.  Thank you for your patience, understanding, and cooperation.  As stated in the opening paragraph of this communique, I hold all of you in my heart in prayer.  Please pray for me.

Fr. Jim Secora

Click here for an update from the Archdiocese of Dubuque regarding suspesnion of Abstinence of meat and other matters.