A Pentecost Announcement

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.

 

Blessings,

Tom

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We’re Open

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. Al’s, 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 resume Wednesday June 3.  The church will 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.

 

Sincerely,

Tom Lamanna, S.J.

 

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JESUIT PARTNERS IN WASHINGTON STATE ADVOCATE FOR UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS DURING COVID-19

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.

COVID-19, Washington Jesuit, Undocumented Workers

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.

 

Source

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Reflections during a Pandemic
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A Virtual Retreat

A Shelter in Hope

This past Sunday was Easter. But when we rolled away the stone, things looked much the same. Many of us, it seems, remain hidden in our own tombs.
This Easter is unique. But perhaps we have more in common with that first Easter week than we realize. Let’s not forget that the disciples locked themselves away in fear, and it was the risen Christ that sought them out behind lock and key.
Let us make ourselves ready and available, then, to encounter Jesus in our homes, to welcome him into this moment of uncertainty and fear. To help, the Jesuits have prepared a brief digital retreat – “Shelter in Hope” – to follow the popular “Into the Cave” retreat
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Sunday Bulletin for May 31st and more

Parish Bulletin for May 31

Parish Bulletin for May 24

Parish Bulletin May 17

Parish bulletin for May 10

Parish bulletin for May 3

Reflections of El Salvador Delegates 2020

Parish Bulletin April 26

Parish Bulletin April 19

Earth Day 2020

Easter Bulletin April 12

Census-what to know

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A Reflection and the Angelus

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 aloysiusspokane@gmail.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!

 

As always, for updates on what’s happening, check back on our website, Facebook, or through Flocknote

 

Blessings,

St. Aloysius Staff

 

 

 

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We miss you!

St. Aloysius is live streaming vigil Mass on Saturdays at 5pm.  If you couldn’t make it this weekend, the video is still available!  Check it out below:

 

 

 

Let us know what you think!  Email us at AloysiusSpokane@gmail.com

 

or send us a message on your social media platform of choice; we’re @aloysiusspokane

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St. Al’s Online

Dear St. Aloysius Parish,

We find ourselves in a unique moment in history. We may be frustrated, frightened, and lonely. Let us cultivate in our hearts, heads, and spirits attitudes of peace & courage and prudence & patience. Let us remember God loves us, is with us, and gives us the intelligence and will to fight this virus through our knowledge and choices.
We stand with Bishop Daly, the Governor of Washington, and the recommendations of the CDC. At St. Aloysius, public celebration of sacraments in the church, along with all parish activities are suspended until further notice. This includes Sunday Masses, daily Masses, and confessions. The church building is closed. The parish center is also closed, however we can be reached by email and phone.

St. Aloysius Virtual Church

We will offer St. Aloysius Virtual Church. Watch the website, other social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), Flocknote, your email, for our virtual communal prayer.

Virtual offerings
• Weekend Mass live streamed Saturday at 5pm and posted for your viewing
• Daily Mass 8am live streamed and posted for your viewing
• Other content is being produced to allow us to have virtual communal prayer
• Streamed and posted on our website
• Content and schedule to be announced
• Please visit the church virtually here

Please remember God is bigger than the church building and that all of these measures are temporary.
Let us pray for ourselves, our parish community or city and world. Continue to pray for the elect in this uncertain time.

St. Aloysius, patron of youth and caregiver to plague victims, pray for us.
sincerely,

Tom Lamanna, S.J.

Letter from Fr. Tom Lamanna

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Hard Questions

How do we, as Catholics, respond to our homeless brothers and sisters?  To help guide us in answering this and other difficult questions, Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington has offered some answers in the publication below:

Hard Questions about Housing for Homeless – CCEW

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