RICA: Tenemos la esperanza de que ingresaremos a la fase dos de la re-apertura de nuestro estado a fines de mayo. En el caso de que se nos permita reunirnos en el interior en grupos de cincuenta o menos, tendremos dos misas para quienes ingresen a la Iglesia para Pentecostés. Las fechas de esas misas se publicarán cuando estén disponibles.Estos grupos deberán mantenerse pequeños para estar dentro de la ley, por lo que solo se le permitirá la asistencia a la familia inmediata y necesitaremos saber cuántos miembros de la familia asistiran, no habrá recepción despues . En preparación para su recepción en la Iglesia, deberá recibir el Sacramento de la Reconciliación de antemano. El Padre Adrian hará los arreglos mas adelante. ¡Esperamos celebrarlo contigo!
Primera comunión: Mantenemos la esperanza de que entremos en la fase dos de la re-apertura de nuestro estado a fines de mayo. En caso de que se nos permita reunirnos en el interior en grupos de cincuenta o menos, tendremos dos misas para aquellos que completaron la preparación para la Sagrada Comunión durante el año escolar. Las fechas de esas misas se publicarán cuando estén disponibles. (Aquellos que planean prepararse en el verano tendrán que esperar hasta más tarde). Esto incluye a aquellos en el 2do grado y aquellos en el grupo de jóvenes que ya han completado su preparación para este Sacramento. Estas Misas solo están abiertas a miembros de la familia inmediata para que podamos estar dentro de la ley. ¡Gracias por su comprensión! ¡Esperamos celebrarlo contigo!
Update for RCIA and First Holy Communion RCIA: We remain hopeful that we will enter phase two of the opening of our state by the end of May. In the event that we are permitted to gather indoors in groups of fifty or less, we will have two Masses for those entering the Church for Pentecost. Dates of those Masses will be posted when available. These groups will need to be kept small to be within the law, so only family will be permitted to attend and we will need to know how many even of family to expect. There will be no reception following. In preparation for your reception into the Church, you will need to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation beforehand. Fr. Adrian will make arrangements shortly. We look forward to celebrating with you!
First Holy Communion: We remain hopeful that we will enter phase two of the opening of our state by the end of May. In the event that we are permitted to gather indoors in groups of fifty or less, we will have two Masses for those who completed preparation for Holy Communion during the school year. Dates of those Masses will be posted when available. (Those who are planning to prepare in the summer will have to wait until a later time.) This includes those in the 2nd grade, and those in the youth group who have already completed their preparation for this Sacrament. These Masses are only open to immediate family members so we can be within the law. Thank you for your understanding! We look forward to celebrating with you!
We are experiencing some issues with scams involving our church and pastor.
Thieves are preying on people during this vulnerable time.
Please do not respond to ANY request for assistance, money, or information. If you are in doubt, please call the church office at 684-6098 and tell us what you have received.
Click on image at right for additional information
New Benefit Suspension Scam
The SSA’s Office of the Inspector General has reported that they have received numerous reports from Social Security beneficiaries receiving notifications through the mail indicating that their payments will be discontinued or suspended unless they call the phone number referenced in the notification that they received.
This is one of the new scams affecting Seniors as they are tricking individuals into providing personal information or payment by way of gift cards, wire transfers, or by mailing cash to protect and maintain their regular benefit payments during this period of coronavirus pandemic office closures.
*Remember, NEVER give your personal or financial information over email, text or phone.
According to Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefit payments will continue to be paid on time during the coronavirus pandemic.
Please read the blog from the Inspector General for more information and be sure to share this information with your parishioners to help spread awareness about Social Security scams.
Inspector General Warns About New Social Security Benefit Suspension Scam
Today, I am warning the public about fraudulent letters threatening suspension of Social Security benefits due to COVID-19 or coronavirus-related office closures. Social Security will not suspend or discontinue benefits because their offices are closed.
The Social Security Office of the Inspector General has received reports that Social Security beneficiaries have received letters through the U.S. Mail stating their payments will be suspended or discontinued unless they call a phone number referenced in the letter. Scammers may then mislead beneficiaries into providing personal information or payment via retail gift cards, wire transfers, internet currency, or by mailing cash, to maintain regular benefit payments during this period of COVID-19 office closures.
As of Tuesday, March 17, 2020, local Social Security offices are closed to the public due to COVID-19 concerns. However, Social Security employees continue to work. Social Security will not suspend or decrease Social Security benefit payments or Supplemental Security Income payments due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Any communication you receive that says Social Security will do so is a scam, whether you receive it by letter, text, email, or phone call.
Social Security will never:
Threaten you with benefit suspension, arrest, or other legal action unless you pay a fine or fee.
Promise a benefit increase or other assistance in exchange for payment.
Require payment by retail gift card, cash, wire transfer, internet currency, or prepaid debit card.
Demand secrecy from you in handling a Social Security-related problem.
Send official letters or reports containing personally identifiable information via email.
If you receive a letter, text, call or email that you believe to be suspicious, about an alleged problem with your Social Security number, account, or payments, hang up or do not respond. We encourage you to report Social Security scams using our dedicated online form. Please share this information with your friends and family, to help spread awareness about Social Security scams.
Remember knowledge is POWER and the best defense againstbecoming a victim to fraud and scams.
Effective Sunday, May 10 St. Barnabas Church will begin offering additional Worship options for our parish:
- We will continue to have Confessions via appointment. The next opportunity is Saturday, May 9.Sign up here
- Also continuing will be live-streaming of Mass on Sundays at 10 am.
Additions: - There will be four outdoor Communion Services on Sunday, May 10 (and likely again on May 17) from 11:45 am to 1:45 pm, in half-hour increments. Please remain parked in your cars for the service, but line up outside for Communion when so directed, observing social distancing. Immediate families that have traveled together in a car do not need to distance from each other. At the end of each Communion Service, you will have the option to proceed to the outdoor Adoration area or to leave. Ushers will be on hand to direct you to parking locations and line-up areas for Communion. Take ONE SLOT PER CAR, regardless of the number of persons in the car. If you need a gluten-free Hostplease indicate so in the comments. Sign up here
- There will be a Parking Lot Adoration on Sunday, May 10 from 12 noon to 2 pm. It will be towards the back of church outside by the playground. You may remain in your car (supposed to be chilly!) or bring chairs or blankets if you want to sit or kneel in the grass. Please observe social distancing, although immediate family members may remain in a group.
You are welcome to come for Communion, Adoration, or both. Ushers will be on hand to direct you to the appropriate parking areas. You will also be able to leave your Offertory Gift.
Sunday, May 3 is the 2020 World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Please click on the image to open a flyer with information about the World Day of Prayer for Vocations and prayers and resources for you and your family.
Palm Sunday presented special challenges during the Coronavirus Pandemic! But where there is a will there is a way. Here are some pictures of Father Adrian, Deacon Frank, and a few volunteers handing out palms. Click on the small pics to load larger versions: