From Father Matthew's Desk
Thank you to all who sent me birthday cards and who sang "Happy Birthday" to me at the weekend Masses last weekend. I had a very nice birthday (on Monday, Nov. 23), and I am grateful for all of your thoughts and prayers.
Some Additional Safety Precautions:
In light of an increased number of COVID-19 cases in our area (particularly in the more densely-populated portions of the Diocese), the Diocese of Greensburg recently sent additional recommendations for all parishes to follow during the celebration of the Liturgy and for visits to the Parish Office. In light of this, I am asking that all ministers (lectors, cantors, servers, etc.) wear masks or face shields throughout the entirety of the Mass; for any Masses where ministers are present in the Sanctuary, I will be doing the same. In addition, I ask that entry into the parish office be limited, and that you wear a mask in the office; we may also begin to restrict entry into the office as was the case earlier in the year. You will also note that music during Advent will be more limited than previously.
These recommendations are given in the hopes that we do not need to further close the Church or Office as was done earlier in the year. When you are visiting the Church as well as when you are in public anywhere else, please continue to follow all of the State- and Diocesan-recommended precautions to keep yourself and others healthy.
Mini-Census Survey and Increased Offertory:
You should have recently received our Parish Annual Report in the mail. It explains how our parish has continued to stay connected during the pandemic. As you know, we haven’t stopped caring for the spiritual and material needs of our faith community.
The report acknowledges that COVID-19 has greatly impacted every form of stewardship. It asks you to pray about three things: devoting your talent to a ministry, taking time to fill out a survey and learning about increasing your online giving.
I want to underline one aspect of this appeal: Please take a moment to update your contact information by completing the Parish Survey. It is very important that we keep our records up to date. If possible, please do so online by visiting the survey web page at www.DioceseofGreensburg.org/GoodShepherd
. If you cannot access the survey via the internet, please call the Parish Office during normal business hours to complete the survey by phone.
Please keep our community of faith in your thoughts and prayers and prayerfully consider the stewardship requests in this Annual Report!