Bishop Jaime Soto shared the following message on Wednesday, March 25, 2020:
My Dear Friends in Christ:
It is heartbreaking to announce that my previous decree suspending public celebrations of the Sacrifice of the Mass and other public sacramental rites must continue into the sacred celebrations of Holy Week and Easter.
Holy Week and Easter will go on. The saving mystery of the Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus is our Springtime. His joy and hope are the Paschal Fire that dispels the darkness of sin and the threatening gloom of this pandemic. The saving work of Jesus is beyond the ability of anyone to suspend or alter it. What will change, however, is how we celebrate this holy time.
The global mortal danger posed by the coronavirus compels us this year to find a different way to participate in these rites, including the Chrism Mass and the Rites of Sacred Triduum and Easter Sunday.
The Congregation of Divine Worship of the Holy See has issued guidance to the bishops of those regions of the world afflicted by the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, on how to conduct the Holy Week rituals in private.
Parish priests are to celebrate the Triduum on the appointed days at the usual times for their parish; i.e. Mass of the Lord’s Supper is to be celebrated in the evening of Holy Thursday; the Good Friday liturgy may celebrated at any time, preferably at midday; and the Easter Vigil is to be celebrated “after nightfall” (about 8:15 p.m.).
The Diocesan website and parishes will inform the Faithful of times of these liturgies so that all may participate in a spiritual manner, prayerfully uniting themselves to their priest from their homes. Where possible, the Faithful may also participate via livestreaming or other social media.
As God’s People, we will gather spiritually, even if we cannot gather physically. We will recount the Passion of Our Lord, His death and burial. And, we will welcome the risen Christ and celebrate the glory of the Resurrection.
As we come together with a deepened hunger for spiritual communion with the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, this year’s celebration of Holy Week will bring the amazing grace of God’s divine mercy. Join me in bringing chastened, humble hearts to the sacred days of Christ’s death and Resurrection. He will call us each by name as he did for Mary Magdalene in the garden of the garden of the tomb. (Jn. 20.11-18) He will come to us, as he did for the disciples hiding behind doors closed by fear, mercifully extend his pierced hands to us and say, “Peace be with you.” (Jn. 20.19-20)
Click below to read the Decree from Bishop Soto, dated Tuesday, March 17th, regarding suspension of the public celebration of Sunday and weekday Masses. Please note that all activities have been cancelled at St. Mel including both the Friday morning and Friday evening Stations of the Cross and the Penance Service scheduled for March 27th. The Adoration Chapel is also closed until further notice.
The link below will direct you to the Diocese of Sacramento Coronavirus page. This is where you can find the most up to date information regarding cancellations and guidelines.
The Parish Office will be taking phone calls only between 8:00am and 12:00pm Monday through Friday until further notice.
Welcome to St. Mel! We are hoping that this visit would offer you a beautiful picture of what St. Mel Catholic Church is all about. We are a Catholic community who believes in the works of our Lord Jesus Christ and journey together towards the kingdom of Heaven.
Join us in our Sunday Celebrations and other liturgical activities. We would be delighted by your presence.
May the blessing of the Almighty Father, the love of the Lord Jesus Christ and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit be with you and yours all the days of your life!
With God’s Blessings,
Fr. Aldrin Basarte, Parochial Administrator
FATHER ALDRIN'S LETTER TO PARISHIONERS
March 18, 2020
Good day to all!
Rest assured that I am united with all of you in your feelings of fears and anxiety in this uncertain time of our lives and faith. Remember the words of the prophet Isaiah, “For I am the Lord, your God, who grasp your right hand; it is I who say to you, Do not fear, I will help you (Is 41:13).” We are asked to let God works beyond our normal or traditional knowledge of who He has been in our lives. He is a God beyond our imagination. Let us allow Him to work mysteriously at this moment. We know that He never abandoned His people and will never abandon us!
It is with heavy heart to decide, along with the unified decision of my advisory team, that we completely close our Church doors temporarily. I am dedicated to open my communication with all of you in all I can do with the help of our technology team.
Fr. Cesar and I are celebrating our daily Mass privately here on the parish grounds for all of our spiritual nourishment and growth. Always remember that God can enter even the thickest wall that divides us to deliver us His presence! Recall the words of our Lord Jesus in the gospel of Matthew 19:26, “For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”
Please call the office (916-967-1229) anytime and our staff will do their best to respond to your needs.
St. Vincent de Paul and the Knights of Columbus are here always ready to serve all of you!
Let us pray for one another to stay healthy and strong spiritually as we battle this pandemic together.
I am looking forward to celebrating the Eucharist with all of you inside our Church one day to celebrate our victory together.
In order to stay connected with you, the Parish Staff is working to update cell phone numbers and email addresses of all parishioners. With this information, we would be able to send texts and emails to make sure you are aware of cancellations and other important information. Please email your cell phone number and email address to [email protected] Thank you and God Bless.
If you need to go to confession, please call the Parish office at 916-967-1229 to make an appointment.
MEN'S DAY OF FAITH
Due to concerns about COVID-19, the Men's Day of Faith scheduled for May 2nd has been cancelled.
CANCELLED - MASS TIMES
8:00a.m., 10:00a.m. and 4:30p.m.
Monday to Saturday: 8:30a.m.
Holy Days of Obligation
8:30a.m. and 7:00p.m.
Saturday: 3:00p.m. to 4:15p.m.
Monday - Friday
8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
Closed for Lunch Noon - 1:00p.m.