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Fr. Erik Letter Oct. 14

Letter from Fr. Erik
October 14, 2020


Dear CTK parishioner,
As I write to you now we are two weeks into Mass since Bishop Taylor changed the policy of our Diocese about the Sunday obligation. The obligation was suspended for everyone at the beginning of the pandemic, but now most people are able to come again.  You can find his original letter HERE. The policy does allow the dispensation for those who remain at risk because of Covid-19, or are caring for those at risk. The emphasis is to remind those who had gotten out of the habit that the Mass remains our privileged moment of encounter with Jesus.
With this letter I want to make sure everyone is aware of the Sunday obligation returning as the norm, but also to remind you of what I wrote back in March. At that time I was writing about the challenge of not having Mass at all and encouraging everyone to watch our live stream. The emphasis was, and remains, on seeing this time as a chance to deepen our appreciation and commitment to the gift of the Eucharist. Jesus offers his own Body and Blood as our food and strength. It is a gift we should never take for granted. I encourage you to continue growing in your understanding of this mystery of faith and our celebration that is the Mass. Please look HERE for a series of videos about the Mass and HERE for a series of homilies the CTK priests did about the Mass.
Knowing that some of our members will participate in overflow at Sunday Masses, it is especially important that we grow in understanding and see the benefit of being fed by the Eucharist. Even with the remaining limitation caused by Covid precautions it is worth every effort to be present for Mass.
With the letter I also want to make available some information from my homily last Sunday. I spoke of the newest saint in the Church, Blessed Carlo Acutis. His story is amazing and his life stands as a witness to holiness in our time. You can find a link about his life HERE. He also famously created a website with a history of Eucharistic miracles and you can find that website HERE. Please learn about his story and share it with your family. 
Finally, I am asking for your help in praying for our deceased loved ones during the month of November. As in the past we will place their pictures around the altar and remember their names as intentions for the Masses.
If you would like to share in making this annual shrine possible, please bring your pictures to the Church (there will be tables located to the left as you enter the main doors) or, you may drop them by the Church office anytime before the end of October. Please put your name and phone number on the back of the picture frame. This year, we will bless the Shrine on the weekend of 
November 7-8, at all the Masses.  
To have your beloved deceased included in the Mass intentions simply write the names on the envelope, located in your monthly packet. These names will be placed upon the altar for the entire month of November. November is a month of special prayer for our beloved dead. May they rest in the peace of the Risen Lord.
In Christ,
Fr. Erik