Reopening Plans for St. Priscilla Church
We are resuming our regular Mass schedule. We are 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 & 12:30PM
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
Truly Christian families can be identified by their faithfulness, patience, openness to life, respect for the elderly … The secret of all this is the presence of Jesus within the family – Pope Francis said to the participants of the 21st Plenary Session of the Pontifical Council for the Family. The family is always a community of life and a communion of persons, “the natural center of life”, it is in it that we learn to love, the Pope said. It is composed of “people who love, dialogue, sacrifice themselves for others and defend life, especially the most fragile and weak”. It can be said without exaggeration that the family is the engine of the world and history – pointed out the Pope. It is in the family that each of us shapes his personality, growing in the atmosphere of “home warmth”, receives a name, feelings, a space of intimacy, “learns the art of dialogue and interpersonal communication”. In the family, man becomes aware of his own dignity, and especially when his upbringing is Christian the dignity of other people, especially the sick, the weak, and marginalized. The Pope made it clear that the family is based on marriage. Marital and family love clearly shows man’s vocation to love in a unique way and forever, and that the experiences, sacrifices and crises of the married couple and the family itself serve to grow in goodness, truth and beauty. In marriage, we give each other completely selflessly and unreservedly, sharing everything together, gifts and sacrifices, trusting in God’s providence. Young people can learn this experience from their parents and grandparents, the Pope noted. The Pope also pointed out that children and the elderly are two poles of life, the most vulnerable and forgotten. A society that abandons children and marginalizes the elderly cuts off its roots and obscures its future. Every time a child is abandoned and an elderly person marginalized, not only is an act of injustice perpetrated, but it allows the failure of society. Caring for the smallest and the oldest is the choice of civilization. According to Pope Francis, the Church caring for children and the elderly becomes the mother of generations of believers and at the same time serves society, because “the spirit of love, family and solidarity helps everyone to discover God’s fatherhood and motherhood.”
So let us proclaim the good news of the family by the testimony of our lives. Let us offer and propose everyone with respect and courage the beauty of marriage between a man and a woman and a family enlightened by the Gospel. Let us try to be close to each other and remember about families in difficult situations, broken families, who do not have a home or work, or suffer for other reasons. Let us pray for families in our parish and throughout the Church.
Holy Family, pray for us!
Fr. Matthias Galle – your Pastor