Spread the Love and bring some jars of peanut butter and jelly this weekend when you come to church. Please place them in the blue bins in the gathering space as you come in for Mass and support our Loaves and Fish Ministry!
Mass will still be streamed live for Saturday Vigil and some feast-day Masses. The Livestream Masses will NOW have the same sound quality of the recorded Masses. If you would like to join us for these Livestream Masses, they are available for the immediate future. We encourage our parishioners to stay home if you are not well. The Livestream gives you a way to still spiritually commune with Body of Christ even if you are not able to be with us physically.
We will be re-opening the church offices on Tuesday, May 26 by appointment only. Email email@example.com or call 839-7952 to make your appointment. Due to the small size of our reception area, please visit individually or in as small a group as possible. Masks will be required for entry. Until further notice, the worship space and restrooms remain closed to the public outside of Mass times. We love seeing you, but for your safety, please visit the office only if necessary. Remember we can assist you with most things through phone or email. You can even request Mass Intentions online.
Dear Parishioners, In the bulletin you will see a page from Archbishop Wester informing that information regarding when and how our churches reopen for services will be forthcoming. First, thank you for all that you are doing to keep safe and healthy as well as to be considerate of the health and welfare of others especially vulnerable persons. When will we reopen? That depends on what the Governor decided on May 15th. If social distancing is still in effect that means that St. Joseph’s can accommodate 186 people for a service. That is the number of available seats with a 6 ft radius around each seat. It also depends on when the archbishop says we can reopen and what must be done to ensure the safety of those who gather for Mass. Obviously, when we reopen things will not be the same as before. Many details need to be considered that will impact how we gather for the Mass and how it is celebrated: e.g. Mass times, entering/exiting the church, seating, whether to sing, collection, communion procession, and reception, disinfecting after each service. Please continue to be patient and as always pray for a swift end to the pandemic. Updates will be given either by the announcements at the online Masses, the web page, the bulletin, Flocknotes, social media, etc. I look forward to seeing you again and being able to greet you in person. Click the title to read Archbishop Wester's message. God bless you! Msgr. Luna
Mass is streamed live for Saturday Vigil ane some feast-day Masses. The Livestream Masses will NOT have the same sound quality of the recorded Masses. The microphone from the cellphone used for the Mass picks up the echoing sounds from an empty church that normally seats 750-1000 people. If you would like to join us for these Livestream Masses, they are available for the immediate future. Sound-engineered Masses are still recorded for daily Mass and for Sunday Mass. We await the time when we can all pray and worship together in our worship space---St Joseph on the Rio Grande.
I miss the Lord in the Holy Eucharist. How can I spiritually commune with the Lord? I'm not sure I'm doing it right. Is there anything out there that can tell me more about it? Yes, Virginia, there is. Our Sunday Visitor has an article that addresses spiritual communion. How are Catholics to make sense of this absence of public worship or reception of the body, blood, soul, and divinity of our Lord? Read the full text from Our Sunday Visitor by clicking on the title.
It is with extreme sadness that we inform the parish about the death of Deacon Jerry Hietpas and Deacon Rene Greivel. Both were assigned and ministered as deacons here at St Joseph on the Rio Grande Catholic Church. We ask for the repose of their souls. Amen.
Check out this resource that's available from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. It mentions that there are all kinds of resources available for prayer, study, etc. from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe's Ministry Resource Center. I looked at it and there are some great things that you can use for your time at home and beyond. Click the title for the document.
Through CRS Rice Bowl, our Catholic community in the United States does something amazing every Lent. We come together to practice prayer, fasting, and almsgiving—and by doing so we help lift families and communities out of poverty. Instead of bringing the Rice Bowl in person under current COVID-19 restrictions, you can now give online. Click the title to get to the Archdiocese site to empty to your Rice Bowl there. Thank you for your Lenten almsgiving.
In unity with all Christians, we call on the faithful to make HOME the Holy Place for the sake of all families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through your selflessness, you help others by staying home and thereby protecting the more vulnerable among us. Stay home during this blessed, holy time and begin to make your home, a holy place. Click title for more information.
You can now request and pay for Mass Intentions online. Your intention will be added to the next available Mass. If you would prefer a specific date, please include that information with your intention. A member of the parish staff will call you to verify a date. If that date is not available, we will contact you to make other arrangements. Click on the title to complete a Mass Intention form!
Pope Francis invites all Christians to join him and pray the ‘Our Father' amid the global crisis triggered by the Coronavirus pandemic Friday, March 27 at 11 am MDT. Click the title to learn about the blessing and get the link to watch the prayer service.
Monsignor Luna will hear confessions at St Joseph on the Rio Grande on Saturday from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm. The regular confessional will not be used, so please review the new confessional procedures. It will be posted on the door and here on this website. Click title for procedures.
The Holy Thursday rehearsal scheduled for this coming Saturday, March 21st; the Good Friday rehearsal scheduled for next Saturday, March 28th; the Foot washing & Presentation of Oils rehearsal scheduled for Tuesday, April 7th have ALL BEEN CANCELED. Click for more information.
Attached is a special edition of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe (ASF) Pastoral Ministries Division Newsletter which contains important information. 1. News Release regarding Santuario de Chimayo/ Tomé Hill Pilgrimages Postponed and 2. ASF Televised & Radio Broadcast Masses Weekdays & Sunday.
Non-Catholics are puzzled why Catholics are distressed because some Dioceses have canceled the Holy Mass to protect the parishioners as well as the priests and laypeople who work in service of the diocese. As explained by one priest to me, if you knew what happens during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, you would never want to miss it either. What does this priest and some Catholics know, that we don't? View a short film, "The Veil Removed," and see what happens during the Mass behind the veil. Click the title.
All Masses and activities are canceled until further notice, effective immediately. This means the Lenten mission is canceled. The Fish Fry date change will be determined at a later date. Please share with your individual Facebook pages to get the word out to the community. For now, the office will remain open. You can also check out https://www.archdiosf.org/covid-2019 for additional information on TV Masses and other resources. Please click the title for additional information and the letter by Archbishop Wester outlining the situation with updated information.