NOVEMBER 13TH LETTER FROM BISHOP SOTO
Click here to read the letter from Bishop Soto regarding the new guidelines from the Sacramento County Health Department.
My Fellow Parishioners:
This past year, the St. Mel parish has faced and overcome countless challenges related to the Pandemic of 2020. Through God’s grace and the tireless devotion of our Deacons, lay leaders and many volunteers, we have re-imagined our faith environment in innovative ways no one ever thought possible. Faith in action is abundant at St. Mel in Fair Oaks.
Together we have endured county health protocols that continue to change how we are able to worship. We will continue to live-stream our weekday and Sunday Masses. Our students have returned to school full-time. Our parish communication system has been significantly enhanced. We have even enjoyed watching over 1000 followers join us on Facebook. We have connected with parishioners through phone calls and emails. Even though our parish ministries have been restrained by the pandemic, they continue to find ways to further their mission. We have also seen renewed commitment to establish new ministries, such as the Hospitality and Men’s Rosary Group.
The pandemic has significantly impacted our weekly offerings, and we have responded by reducing expenses accordingly. Without your support, we could have never made it this far. There is still more to do. Now is the time to build our vibrant community in order for us to continue to deliver an impactful faith-filled experiences. With Giving Tuesday coming up soon after Thanksgiving, we would like to try something new. Before starting your Cyber Monday holiday shopping, please prayerfully consider a special donation to our parish on or before Giving Tuesday, December 1. Your contribution will be used to maintain the operations of our parish. The donations received from this effort will be placed into our building and maintenance fund. These funds are used for projects such as our newly repaved parking lot and the continuing necessary up keep of our beautiful campus.
The power of giving in America on Giving Tuesday became a significant phenomenon in its inaugural year of 2019. Any amount you may choose to give in 2020, would be appreciated. You can give in the follow ways:
I am deeply grateful for your ongoing support. Together, let us continue to pray for those who have faithfully departed, for the recovery of those who are sick, for the health of our caregivers and first responders, for an easing of anxiety caused by the pandemic, and for hope and peace in the days ahead. As we endure these challenging times, let us take comfort in the words of Jesus, as he reminds us: “and behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Matt: 28:20.)
Please be assured of my prayers for you and God Bless your family and loved ones.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
ST. MEL SCHOOL SEE'S CANDY FUNDRAISER
St. Mel School needs your sweet support! We are selling yummy See's Candies for our Winter fundraiser. Sales are from November 16th through December 4th.
You may order online by clicking here to pick and choose your favorites. PayPal or Credit Cards are accepted. Orders are shipped as soon as they are placed – standard shipping rates apply. It's that easy!
For those who need assistance ordering online, please contact Melanie Dunn at 916-213-4750 and she will be happy to further assist you in getting an order placed.
ST MEL SCHOOL SCRIP
Scrip sales are back! Now more than ever St. Mel School needs our help. You can purchase Scrip by calling or emailing Regina Edwards, Scrip Coordinator, at 916-752-3878 or [email protected]. You can also order online at ShopwithScrip.com by using the St. Mel enrollment code, 3DL76FEA2151L. All Scrip orders will be sent directly to Regina who will then arrange delivery. Thank you for your support of St. Mel School!
Effective Saturday, November 14th, indoor Masses have been temporarily suspended. Masses will now be live streamed only.
Sunday 8:00 a.m. followed by a drive through communion distribution from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m.
Weekday Mass - Livestream only
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday at 8:30 a.m. followed by a drive through communion distribution from 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
The Parish Office continues to be open limited hours. Someone is usually in the office from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The office is closed on Fridays. Please call 916-967-1229 to leave a message for the secretary and she will call you back as soon as possible. You can also email the office at [email protected] If you have something you need to drop off, you can put it in the brown mail box to the left of the office doors.
Click the Faith Direct logo below for a safe and simple way to support St. Mel Church with online giving. Weekly offerings can also be mailed to:
St. Mel Church
PO Box 1180
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
Effective November 13, 2020
Due to the latest Sacramento County Health Department guidelines, attending indoor Mass has been temporarily suspended. With this in mind, Bishop Soto has authorized outdoor communion distribution do be done near the time Mass is live streamed. The new schedule will begin Sunday, November 15.
Weekend Mass Schedule
- Live Stream Sunday Mass 8:00 a.m.
- Communion distribution 9:15 to 9:45 a.m.
- Communion Distribution will be done in a drive through method. Vehicles should enter the parking lot on the upper Sunset side of the church (near the rectory) and form a line down towards Doheny Hall. Parishioners will remain in their vehicle and communion will be distributed as you pass by. Please wear a mask and consume the Eucharist before pulling away.
Weekday Mass Schedule
- Live Streamed at 8:30 am Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
- Communion distribution after Mass from 9:00 to 9:30 am
- Same drive through method used on Sundays, except Father and Deacon will be positioned near the side of the main entrance to the church. Parishioners will remain in their vehicles.
Adoration in the church beginning November 14th
- Maximum 10 people
- 9:00 am to noon Monday through Saturday
- 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Wednesday
Confessions on December 5th will be in the Parish Center. Beginning December 12th, Confessions will be in the St. Jude Room.
- Saturday 9:00 – 10:00 am
DAILY ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Daily Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is in the church Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday evenings. There is a maximum of 10 people allowed in the church. You must enter through the back church door which is closest to the St. Jude Room.
Confessions are on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. On December 5th, Confessions will be in the Parish Center. Beginning December 12th, Confessions will be in the St. Jude Room. You can also make an appointment by calling the church office. 916-967-1229.
Please click here to read Making an Act of Perfect Contrition. This can be used when it is not possible to approach the Sacrament of Penance
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.
There are no upcoming scheduled events.