JULY 13TH UPDATE: IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING MASS AT ST. MEL
On Monday, July 13th, Governor Newsom announced the decision to close all churches due to the dramatic increase of the rate of infections from COV19. Churches were among many categories of business and services ordered to close immediately in an attempt to slow down the spread of this aggressive disease.
We should continue to pray for a successful medical solution to the pandemic and for our own perseverance as we navigate these trying times together.
We are working towards other solutions to the challenges we face, so please be patient as we plan accordingly.
Starting Tuesday, July 14th, Masses will be live streamed as follows:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 8:30AM and Sunday at 9:00AM
July 14, 2020 Message to the Faithful from Bishop Jaime Soto
Dear Friends in Christ:
The rising number of infections and deaths due to COVID-19 is alarming. Even as we exercise all the necessary precautions in our churches, the risk of infection is greater. Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Monday, July 13, 2020, the suspension of most indoor activities, including church services in thirty counties in the State of California. I urge the faithful to cooperate with State and local public health officials. The counties affected in our diocese are: Colusa, Glenn, Placer, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba, effective immediately.
I have asked the pastors and parochial administrators of the parishes in these counties to consider offering the sacrifice of the Mass outdoors. These celebrations, following the diocesan directives, will continue to provide for the safety of the faithful. In particular, pastors should take into account weather conditions and high temperatures in scheduling the times for Mass. I have asked the pastors to continue transmitting the Mass by livestreaming or other means.
The celebration of indoor Mass will continue for parishes in counties not included in the list: Siskiyou, Modoc, Trinity, Shasta, Lassen, Tehama, Plumas, Butte, Sierra, Nevada, El Dorado, and Amador.
We must remain vigilant, especially for the sake of the most vulnerable among us. All the faithful in the Diocese of Sacramento are asked to review the guidelines noted in the Coming Back to the Table document: https://www.scd.org/comingbacktothetable. The required use of face-coverings, contact tracing protocols, and physical-distancing continue to be prudent safeguards during this dreadful plague.
The dangerous surge of infections and deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic is disheartening and threatening, especially for the most vulnerable of our community. May the Lord Jesus grant us the patience, diligence, and charity necessary to care for one another. Pray for the Lord’s mercy to end this pandemic. May the intercession of our Blessed Mother Mary bring healing to all the afflicted, protection to their caregivers, eternal rest to all those who have died, and consoling comfort to their families and friends.
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.
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!
Governor Newsom has mandated that all churches close due to the increase of infections of COVID-19. There will be no in person Masses at this time. Masses will be live-streamed on Facebook (see link above) on the following schedule:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30 a.m.
SUMMER OFFICE HOURS
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday
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
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.
CATHOLIC FUNERAL & CEMETERY SERVICES
The Catholic Funeral & Cemetery Services, a ministry of the Diocese of Sacramento, has provided us with information regarding Funeral Masses and burials during the pandemic. Please click here to read the CFCS Community Digest.