My Dear Parishioners,
I know, how hard it is already to be away physically from our church Sacraments especially the Eucharist. But we are in an unprecedented situation nowadays. For Palm Sunday, our Bishop just issued a memo today that “Parishes DISCONTINUE any plans to distribute Palms.” So, please DO NOT come anymore to church this weekend to pick up your Palms as previously announced.
Moreover, following the Stay at home order for the State of Florida, I have to discontinue the drive thru Confessions on Saturdays. Note from the Apostolic Penitentiary of March 20, 2020, “Where the individual faithful find themselves in the painful impossibility of receiving sacramental absolution, it should be remembered that perfect contrition, coming from the love of God, beloved above all things, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness (that the penitent is at present able to express) and accompanied by ‘votum confessionis’, that is, by the firm resolution to have recourse, as soon as possible, to sacramental confession, obtains forgiveness of sins, even mortal ones (cf. CCC no. 1452).”
Also, the Apostolic Penitentiary has announced a Plenary Indulgence for those in danger of death who cannot receive the Anointing.
Let us continue to be patient and persevering in our prayers as parishioners of Our Lady of Grace Church. God protect and bless us all.
Fr Ronnie B. Sison