Parish Announcements

Reopening Plans for St. Priscilla Church

 

We are resuming our regular Mass schedule beginning the weekend of June 13/14. We will no longer be livestreaming Masses. 

Weekday Masses in English: Monday – Saturday at 8:00AM

Weekend Masses in English: Saturday at 4:00PM and Sunday at 8:30AM & 12:15PM

Confessions are available Monday – Friday 30 minutes before each Mass. On Saturday, confessions are available from 3:00 to 4:00PM, as usual.

If you wish to register for one of our Masses, you must call the Parish Office in advance.

There are strict guidelines we must follow when entering the Church. You will find helpful tips and reminders below. While our parish staffs will attempt to take appropriate precautions consistent with the advice of public health authorities, parishioners and guests should understand that they assume the risk of contracting COVID-19 any time they enter a public space since such precautions do not eliminate the risk of infection.

Fr. Matthias' Reflection

Today’s Gospel on the Solemnity of Jesus Christ the King of the Universe presents a description of the Last Judgment. The Son of Man who executes the judgment is presented as God and the shepherd. The description of the Last Judgment is a kind of summary of Jesus’ teaching about the love of God and neighbor. Christ judges on the basis of love. The reward of the saved will be the kingdom of the Father. This kingdom was prepared by Him at the beginning of the world. Eternal life, then, is direct participation in the very life of God. And the fate of the damned, previously described as being in a dark place, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth, has now been presented as the punishment of eternal fire. Of course, this is not about material fire, because Satan and his angels, who were also condemned to eternal fire, being spirits, cannot suffer physically. Fire, therefore, here symbolizes the spiritual punishments mentioned in many passages of Scripture. So, performing or not performing acts of charity is actually deciding our eternal destiny. Everyone will have a chance to make a point of their loving attitude. The immediate criterion of our assessment, as we hear in the Gospel will be the attitude towards the least of our brothers, i.e. those who are most in need. Let us notice that Jesus identifies himself with them. That is why every human act reaches with its effects not only man, but also Christ himself. Let us remember this always and everywhere.

Blessings,
Fr. Matthias Galle – your Pastor