Masses Continue at St. Aloysius
Capacity for masses is limited to 100 individuals.
509-313-7020 on Thursdays & Fridays from 9am-12noon.
From now on, the bulletin will be published only once a month.
Join us this Saturday as we start the Novena to St. Aloysius Gonzaga, the Patron Saint of Plague Victims. The Novena is offered in a virtual format, with a video released every day, June 13th-21st, at 9am. Subscribe on Youtube, or follow us on Facebook for updates!
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St. Aloysius of Gonzaga Novena Prayer
St. Aloysius Gonzaga, patron of youth
and of pandemic victims, come to our aid.
While risking your own life,
you took care of the poor, the sick, and the dying.
You know our insecurity, anxiety, and despair.
Help us protect and support one another now.
Through your intercession,
may God transform our fear into hope.
We ask you to pray to God for us
that we might receive the favors we ask for in this novena
(here mention your prayer intentions).
Most Merciful and Triune God,
We come to you in our weakness.
We come to you in our fear.
We come to you with trust.
For you alone are our hope.
We place before you the disease present in our world.
We turn to you in our time of need.
Bring wisdom to doctors.
Give understanding to scientists.
Endow caregivers with compassion and generosity.
Bring healing to those who are ill.
Protect those who are most at risk.
Give comfort to those who have lost a loved one.
Welcome those who have died into your Eternal Home.
Stabilize our communities.
Unite us in our compassion.
Remove all fear from our hearts.
Fill us with confidence in Your care.
Heal us in body, mind, and spirit.
We ask these favors through the intercession of St. Aloysius Gonzaga,
for the good of all God’s people
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Due to the complexity of resuming Masses at St. Aloysius during this time of the staged reopening in the state of Washington we are delaying our original announcement that they would resume Wednesday June 3.
Daily Masses will continue to be live streamed only for the time being. We will continue to prepare for daily Masses to resume in a manner that protects the health of as many as we can. When we are ready to resume daily Masses, we will give notice. We will first keep our focus on the weekend Masses which we were so glad to do and thought went well.
June 1, 2020 – Fr. Tom Lamanna, SJ
Dear St. Aloysius parishioners,
Peace of Christ. As we celebrate Pentecost, we renew our awareness of the loving presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. In the Exodus account in scripture, we read of God’s presence with Israel marked by a fierce or strong wind. In their central moment of salvation, a seemingly impossible situation lacking any hope, with the Egyptian army at their backs and the sea in front of them “the Lord drove back the sea with a strong east wind.” It is a moment Israel returns to again and again as they remind themselves of the Covenant. In Acts, Luke describes the Holy Spirit on Pentecost as “a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were.” Sometimes we need this image of the Holy Spirit to remember we are not alone, maybe now we need it more than ever.
In 1 Kings 19 Elijah is told to wait for God in the place where he is staying. He expects God in the usual ways, strong wind, fierce wind, column of fire, cloud of smoke, and as he is waiting for the LORD all the usual natural phenomena occur, but God is not in them. Then the whisper of a gentle breeze comes to Elijah and God is in it. It is a new way for God to be present, and maybe that is what we need now. The Holy Spirit comes to us as we are and meets us where we are.
The effect of Pentecost on the early Christian community can be seen when Peter and John heal a beggar at the Temple. Whether we need a strong wind or a gentle breeze the Holy Spirit continues to breathe life into our souls. As we look at the Pentecost window in our church let our hearts be strengthened.
Dear St. Aloysius Parish,
As Phase II of the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” progresses, changes continue to come to us. Bishop Daly has given the go ahead for confessions and Masses to resume. The bishop, following the lead of the governor, has allowed for churches to have services with 25% of church capacity or 50 people, whichever is lower. Clearly for us at St. Als, the latter is true. We at St. Aloysius welcome this news and are working to make this happen. In our planning, we continue to keep the health and safety of you, our parishioners, in the forefront of what we do.
Confessions resume Thursday May 28 at the usual time, 4:30pm to 6:30pm. We are holding them outside at the Mary grotto immediately east of the church. Confessors and penitents are required to wear masks and keep six-foot distances. There will be a screen between them. We will hold confessions at this site on Thursdays 4:30-6:30pm until further notice.
Sunday Masses will resume May 30. The Saturday 5pm Vigil Mass will continue to be live streamed only. I know some of you prefer it, but we want to keep one Mass designed for all those who cannot or choose not to come to public Masses yet. By live streaming only and closing it to the public, we can have full music, which is so important to the beauty of our liturgies. Masks and six-foot distances are required at all Sunday and weekday Masses. As was true in March, we will not have a physical exchange of peace, we will not hold hands across the church during the Our Father, and there will not be any Holy Water in the fonts. Sunday Masses will be as short as possible to minimize exposure. Please check the website for more information.
Communion will be offered under one species only and in the hand only. Eucharistic ministers and those coming forward at communion must all wear masks. To receive communion, extend your hand as open and flat as possible to receive the host, step to the side, pull down your mask enough to consume the host, then replace your mask and walk back to your seat.
As per Bishop’s statement, there will not be congregational singing at the public Masses. Ushers will dismiss the congregation by rows starting in the rear of the church at the end of Mass. There will not be access to the bathrooms and O’Malley hall.
Signing up for Mass is required. Following the instructions of Bishop, we will keep a 30-day record of mass attendees to notify you if someone tests positive for COVID. Please see the parish website for instructions on how to sign up for Mass.
Weekday Masses will not resume yet. Daily Masses will continue to be live streamed and the church will remain closed during the day. When daily Masses resume the church will also be open from 7:30am to 9:30am Monday through Friday.
These are challenging times and it seems when something changes regarding COVID 19 safety protocols the situation is very fluid. Things can move slow and then seemingly all at once move very fast, which requires adaptability on our part. I think it shows us our need for the Holy Spirit to keep us grounded in the midst of a changing environment. We can take our cues from the apostles who, after the crucifixion, were hiding out in the upper room not sure of what to do. Even after the resurrection, Jesus met them there with a greeting of “Peace be with you.” At Pentecost, the Apostles are again together; the Spirit comes to them and it strengthens their hearts. They go out into the world and are Jesus’ witnesses as Luke tells us Jesus said to them at the Ascension (Acts 1). Peter and John encounter a crippled beggar at the Temple in Jerusalem. Unable to give him silver or gold, they instead give him what they have, Jesus. The crippled beggar walks (Acts 3). May you be strengthened by the Holy Spirit this Pentecost.
Tom Lamanna, S.J.
Jesuit partners in Washington state have released a letter to the state’s governor and leaders of the House of Representatives and Senate calling for a relief fund for undocumented immigrants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The letter, titled “A Letter from the Ministries and Communities of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) Call for a Relief Fund for Undocumented Workers,” advocates for the 250,000 undocumented workers in the state who, despite paying taxes and working in industries that are highly impacted by the crisis, have been left out of the federal COVID-19 relief packages.
The letter was drafted by Rev. John Whitney, S.J., pastor of St. Joseph Church in Seattle, and has been signed by eighteen Jesuit ministries in 3 cities, including the pastors of St. Leo Church in Tacoma and St. Aloysius in Spokane, the presidents of Seattle University and Gonzaga University, and Jesuits West provincial Rev. Scott Santarosa, S.J.
The letter is accompanied by an action alert, both which urge the creation of a “Washington Worker Relief Fund” through the Governor’s office with at least $100 million initially allocated, initially outlined by partners at the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network, to provide emergency economic assistance to undocumented Washingtonians. The advocacy effort also urges the creation of a permanent system to provide wage replacement protection to workers who lose their jobs and are excluded from the current unemployment insurance system, including undocumented immigrants.
This effort was conceived by the Jesuits West Province’s Faith Doing Justice Discernment Series, including delegates in Seattle, Tacoma, and Spokane with assistance from Annie Fox, the Provincial Assistant for Social Ministry Organizing for the province.
The effort calls upon the recent words of Pope Francis: “The present pandemic, however, reminds us that there are no differences or borders between those who suffer. We are all frail, all equal, all precious . . . This is not some ideology: it is Christianity.”
“As communities of faith, as partners with you in the protection and development of our common good, as women and men of compassion, we call upon you now to do what must be done, and what the federal government seems unwilling to do,” state leaders of Jesuit works in the letter, “create this program for undocumented families and individuals, so that all Washingtonians might recover and rebuild our state.”
The letter was created in support of an earlier letter and action organized by the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network, signed by over 400 organizations in Washington including Jesuit works. After a little more than a month, a similar action alert paired with a fundraising campaign has received over 2,600 contributions totaling over $1,118,000 with a goal of $2,000,000. All proceeds will go to undocumented families.
St. Aloysius Parishioners:
Thanks for sticking with us as we roll out our online content. We announced this Sunday that KAGU 88.7 will start playing the Angelus with a reflection at Noon, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Please tune in and let us know what you think by emailing us at email@example.com
If you missed the Angelus, we have it recorded and available for listening anytime:
Yesterday, March 24th, was the feast day of Saint Oscar Romero. Fr. Peter Byrne, SJ, shared his thoughts on the Eucharist and some of his experiences in El Salvador. Check it out!
St. Aloysius Staff