A Letter from Father Finlan on Palm Sunday
Checking in from the HGA Rectory
What's going on at the HGA Rectory today? Even though we are closed, our staff is working to keep the Parish running so when we are able to gather as a parish family once again, we'll be ready! Mr. Angstadt checked in via video & finds out about a project that's in the works for Holy Week!
UPDATE, TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2020
NO PALMS DISTRIBUTED THIS SUNDAY
"To help ensure the safety of parishioners, Bishop Alfred Schlert has directed that no palm branches be distributed this weekend.
Traditionally, the faithful receive blessed palm branches on Palm Sunday weekend. Several weeks ago, it was thought that even with public Masses cancelled to prevent the spread of disease, palms could be made available for parishioners to pick up.
However, as scientific and medical advice evolves, and with additional knowledge about how easily Coronavirus is spread, the Bishop has determined that it is not safe to distribute palms by any means, including drive-through distribution.
“Palms are a beautiful time-honored symbol of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem,” Bishop Schlert said. “Palm branches can be distributed at a later, safer time.
“My first priority is the safety of the 260,000 Catholics in our five counties, as well as the safety of our priests, deacons, religious men and women, and seminarians,” Bishop Schlert said.
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A Message from Father Finlan Regarding Confession Times
Due to the “stay at home” order of Friday, March 27th and out of an abundance of caution I am not able to offer the previously scheduled Wednesday evening and Saturday afternoon Confessions.
I apologize for any inconvenience and disappointment but ask for your patience and kind understanding. If you have a serious need for the Sacrament of Reconciliation please contact me at 610-921-2729 and I will schedule an appointment for the celebration of the sacrament.
I recommend checking the parish website regularly and staying tuned to our Facebook page for current updates and information over the upcoming weeks. Please share this information, especially with family and friends who may not have access to either.
Please remain close to Our Lord and let us continue to pray for one another.