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Dispensation from Mass Ends:
Bishop Daly has announced that the Bishops of Washington have decided that the general dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation is no longer necessary. The obligation to attend Mass is to be reinstated with the Vigil Mass for Corpus Christi in June 5th.. As you have heard by now, Governor Jay Inslee has announced a statewide indoor mask mandate for individuals without regard to his or her vaccination status. The mandate becomes effective on Monday, August 23 and applies to indoor activities including parish events such as the celebration of Mass. Everyone attending Mass must wear a mask. Please arrive for Mass 15 minutes early.
Mass times are at:
Saturday (Spanish) 7:00 PM
Sunday (English) 8:30 AM, (Spanish) 2:00 PM.
Prayer of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You. Amen.
A Guide to Making Good Decisions for the End
of Life: Living Will and Durable Power of
The Bishops of Washington State and the WSCC have prepared this booklet as a resource to assist in making choices about health care and in communicating decisions to others. Our Catholic faith encourages prayerful reflection on death and responsible preparation for it in light of Church teachings.
Please remember Sacred Heart Parish in your will.
For A Synodal Church
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has initiated a worldwide consultation process entitled: “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.” A synod is a gathering of laity and clergy to discuss particular issues under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. By virtue of our baptism, all of us are called to listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit as we travel through this life with the goal of eternal happiness in the life that is to come. The pope’s goal of this worldwide synodal process is to give the entire People of God the opportunity to share insights, hopes, and dreams for the future of the Church.
Bishop Daly inaugurated the process for eastern Washington on Sunday October 17th by offering a special Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. His homily may be viewed by clicking below:
The Diocese of Spokane is organized according to “Deaneries” or regions which are led by a priest who is called the Dean. On October 18th, Bishop Daly met with each of the Deans of the diocese to distribute the Vademecum (Vatican handbook) and to outline consultation plans for each of the deaneries over the course of the next seven months. Each Dean is responsible for seeking assistance from the laity in tailoring the consultation process for his particular Deanery. All parishes, Catholic schools, and Catholic institutions will have an opportunity to offer input.
On December 1, 2021, a survey link will be posted to the diocesan website with questions from the Vademecum. Those who are unable to participate in a Deanery consultation or who are uncomfortable with in-person gatherings are encouraged to use this electronic form of consultation.
Listening sessions and consultations will be complete by March 15, 2022. Summaries will be prepared by various religious, lay, and clerical leaders and submitted to the diocesan synodal team. The information will then be compiled into one document and submitted to Bishop Daly.
The bishop encourages parishioners to invoke the prayers of Our Lady of Lourdes, patroness of the Diocese of Spokane, as we humbly seek to discern the will of the Holy Spirit.
Diocese of Spokane Online Synodal Meeting – Click here.
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Stewards of Time and Talent
A special word of gratitude is in order for those volunteer their time and talent to our parish. We currently have many parishioners involved in service to our parish. Our family of faith relies heavily on many good stewards who help to ensure the mission and ministry of our parish. Thank you very much!
Stewards of Treasure
The biblical principle for being a good steward of our treasure is that we tithe the first 10% of all that God gives to us. Christians have traditionally divided that amount in half with 5% going to the Church and 5% to all other charities. An important part of being a good steward is that our response to God is prayerfully planned. Included in the bulletin today (or at the doors to the church) is a steward’s guide to the gift of treasure which is a helpful tool in determining our response to God’s goodness. Please take some time to prayerfully reflect on the guide. Pull out a calculator and plan on taking a step in faith. If you are giving at 1% and find the idea of 10% overwhelming, then simply take a baby step forward with the goal of increasing over time. Always keep in mind that God will never be outdone in generosity.
Vaccine Mandate Statement
by Most Rev. Thomas Daly
August 19, 2021
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Earlier this week, Pope Francis issued a video in which he appealed for people to get inoculated against COVID-19. He said, “Vaccination is a simple but profound way of promoting the common good and caring for each other, especially the most vulnerable.” The Church has made it clear that it is morally permissible to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
However, I am very much aware that some individuals struggle with poor health, underlying medical issues, or sincere moral objections to vaccines. It is important to remember that in Catholic moral theology, a person’s conscience may not be violated. We who are bishops and priests are called to assist with informing a person’s conscience. We do not replace one’s conscience. If a person has health concerns or moral objections about vaccines, he or she should not be forced into being vaccinated. Moreover, priests should not be involved in signing any document concerning the conscience of another.
As you have heard by now, Governor Jay Inslee has announced a statewide indoor mask mandate for individuals without regard to his or her vaccination status. The mandate becomes effective on Monday, August 23 and applies to indoor activities including parish events such as the celebration of Mass.
The governor also announced mandatory vaccination for all employees working in K-12 schools and higher education. This includes private and religious schools. While we encourage vaccination, we do not intend on violating the consciences of our Catholic school teachers nor do we intend on vouching for another person’s conscience. We are in conversation with civic and health officials about government mandated vaccination requirements and will offer further guidance to parish and school personnel in due time.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
Live, Jesus, in our hearts forever.
Bishop Daly’s Covid-19 Dispensation Update
Dear Faithful of Eastern Washington,
After consultation with the Priest Council, the bishops of the Northwest, and after reviewing the recent guidelines by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, I have decided that the general dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation is no longer necessary. With widespread access to vaccine and a resulting drop in hospitalizations, we have moved beyond the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is to be reinstated throughout the Diocese of Spokane beginning with the Vigil Mass for Corpus Christi on June 5th. As has always been the case, those who have a serious reason are exempt from the obligation to attend. This includes those who continue to have significant fear of contracting COVID-19 as well as those who are ill, living with significant health risk factors, or those who provide care for another individual who has serious health challenges.
Several parishes will continue to broadcast Sunday Mass through live-stream or other social media. Please note that the purpose of providing this service is for the benefit of the sick, homebound, imprisoned or those who are unable to attend Mass in person. For those able to attend, such broadcasts do not fulfill the obligation to attend Sunday Mass or other Holy Days.
It is most fitting that the obligation will be reinstated on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. This will conclude the Year of the Eucharist in the Diocese of Spokane and I trust that it will inaugurate a renewed sense of appreciation for this Sacred Gift as we go forward.
God does not need to be worshipped. We, however, need to worship God out of a profound sense of gratitude for all the gifts He has given to us. The obligation to attend Mass should not be seen as a burden but rather an act of love for the Lord. The Eucharist is a gift to us for personal and communal strength and, most importantly, for the salvation of souls. The Catechism of the Catholic Church reaffirms this gift and our need to respond: “Participation in the communal celebration of the Sunday Eucharist is a testimony of belonging and of being faithful to Christ and to his Church. The faithful give witness by this to their communion in faith and charity. Together they testify to God’s holiness and their hope of salvation. They strengthen one another under the guidance of the Holy Spirit” (CCC 2182).
I want to express my gratitude for your fidelity, flexibility and patience during the unprecedented restrictions we have had to endure over the past many months. Thank you.
I end by repeating the final paragraph from my Pastoral Letter on the Year of the Eucharist. It seems to be an appropriate expression of our desire to move ahead in hope as we prepare for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.
“Our fast is finally over, let us give thanks for the gift of the Most Holy Eucharist; let us go forthbeing Christ-bearers to the world. Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us! Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!”
Most Rev. Thomas Daly,
D.D.Bishop of Spokane
Vatican dedicates May to global rosary ‘marathon’ for end of COVID-19
Vatican City, Apr 21, 2021 / 14:00 pm America/Denver (CNA).
The Vatican has announced a rosary initiative dedicating the month of May to prayer for an end to the coronavirus pandemic. Read the article here.
Since the release of the COVID-19 Vaccines, there has been discussion of the new COVID-19 vaccines’ ethical implications, especially given their use of fetal cell lines in testing. Bishop Daly addresses these ethical concerns and informs Catholics that they may take the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine when eligible to receive the vaccination.
Basic Practices (the Three W’s):
Parishes are to develop infection control protocols for their gatherings that incorporate these basic practices:
• “Watching Distance” – Individuals should observe physical distancing by maintaining no less than six feet between people not of their household.
• “Wearing Masks” – Parishioners are required to wear face coverings whenever they are indoors for Mass, excepting the reception of Holy Communion. A mask is not required if it cannot be worn reliably or if it aggravates breathing difficulty or another health risk. Priests are instructed to wear masks during distribution of Holy Communion.
• “Washing Hands” – Hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer upon entering the church / gathering space is strongly encouraged.
As bills continue to arrive, please remember to continue your generous donations to Sacred Heart parish. We now have on-line giving. Click here to donate online.
Of course, you may continue to mail your donations if that is your preference to:
Sacred Heart Parish-Brewster
PO Box 548
Brewster, WA 98812
Thank you so much!
A medida que continúan llegando las facturas, pero las facturas y los pagos continúan llegando a la parroquia. Recuerde continuar sus generosas donaciones a la Parroquia del Sagrado Corazón. Para donar electrónicamente, haga clic aquí.
Para enviar su donación por correo, envíe sus donaciones a:
Parroquia del Sagrado Corazón-Brewster
PO Box 548
Brewster, WA 98812
Diocesan Coronavirus Website
How to make a Perfect Act of Contrition at Home
A Message from Catholic Charities of Central Washington
Having a baby and raising a family is an incredible experience, but the journey of parenting is sometimes a struggle and families and moms may need help along the way. Whether you just found out you are pregnant, are a new mom or a new dad, or are juggling the demands of parenthood, all families need a community to support them.
PREPARES is a nurturing response of the Catholic community in Washington state, open to all, to provide meaningful, local and sustainable support to mothers, fathers, and families as they nurture their children through pregnancy and early childhood. Volunteers at the PREPARES program offer support and activities for families from pregnancy to your child’s fifth birthday.
Website: PREPARES of Eastern Washington
As part of our continued response, LTP has compiled free prayer resources in English and Spanish, free Virtual Gathering offerings, and more for you, your parish, and your family and friends. For a complete list of free resources available to you throughout this crisis, click here: Liturgy Training Publications (English and Spanish)
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