Pastor's Update on COVID-19 Liturgical Guidelines - March 17

MARCH 17, 2020
 
My dear friends and parishioners,
 
We have received an update from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, announcing the temporary suspension of the public celebration of Mass.
 
  • Daily Mass and Sunday Mass will be celebrated privately by our clergy, with a Livestream of the Mass available so that you can celebrate with your parish community by making a spiritual communion.
 
 
 
  • Our church will remain open for personal prayer from 9am-8pm. Thankfully we are blessed with a large church which can accommodate up to 10 people at any given time, in keeping with social distancing guidelines.
 
  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be in the main body of the church beginning at 9am and continue throughout the day.
 
 
  • Our Welcome Center and Rectory are closed to the public. However we are still answering our phones from 8am-8pm, 310-545-5651.
 
We will continue to be here for you in ministry. We are committed to care for the elderly and homebound, and to visit the sick. 
 
If you are elderly and need assistance with trips to the grocery store or the pharmacy to pick up medications, please contact us at (310) 545-5651. 
We have parishioners who have offered to be of service; if you would also like to be of service to our elderly parishioners, please email our Director of Stewardship.
 
Please pray for and support one another, as I pray for you. 
 
God Bless, 
Msgr. John Barry
Pastor
 
MARCH 13, 2020
 

My friends and parishioners,

In follow-up to my email yesterday, we have received from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Updated COVID-19 Liturgical Guidelines, which are summarized below.

  • Recognizing the grave cause of the current public health emergency, Archbishop José H. Gomez has dispensed all the Catholic faithful of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and all Catholics currently in the Archdiocese from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass for the weekends of March 14-15, March 21-22, and March 28-29.
  • While the Archbishop has granted this dispensation, the decision for you and your family to attend Mass is your choice. However, if you are sick, please use your best sense, remain at home, and follow the recommendations from the public health department.
  • Sunday Masses at American Martyrs Church will continue to be celebrated, with accommodations for the recommended six-foot “social distancing.”
  • Attendance in the church will be limited to 250 people in accordance with state public health recommendations. We are blessed to have a large church which will easily accommodate the “social distancing” recommended.
  • We are also blessed with the additional space and capacity of O’Donnell Hall, where we will stream each Mass (with distribution of the Holy Eucharist), allowing for more attendance within the public health recommendations.
  • Our 9:30am Sunday Mass is available to watch via Livestream If you choose not to attend Sunday Mass, we invite you to gather with your family and participate in the Mass with your parish community virtually. The 9:30 Mass Livestream is available anytime.
 
Last weekend we implemented certain accommodations from the Archdiocese regarding Holy Communion and the shaking of hands. Additional liturgical guidelines have now been issued; those relevant to our parish community are summarized below, and will continue until further notice:
 
  • Holy Communion will only be given in the species of the Consecrated Bread, and only on the hand. The use of the cup has been suspended.
  • The congregation will refrain from holding hands at the Lord’s prayer, and there will be no shaking of hands at the sign of peace.
  • Holy water has been removed from fonts not attached to a filtration system.
  • Collection baskets will be placed at the cross aisles for individuals to drop-off their donations.
  • Individual Confessions and Daily Mass will continue; find the times here.
  • Social gatherings are cancelled.
  • Other non-essential gatherings are cancelled. If you are a ministry leader, contact our Events Manager to reschedule.
 
We will continue to be here for you in ministry and we are committed to not restricting the sacraments. We are also committed to care for the elderly and homebound, and to visit the sick.
 
If you are elderly and need assistance with trips to the grocery store or the pharmacy to pick up medications, please contact us at (310) 545-5651. We have parishioners who have offered to be of service; if you would also like to be of service to our elderly parishioners, please email our Director of Stewardship.
 
Please let us continue to pray for and support one another, as People of Faith.
 
God Bless,
Msgr. John Barry
Pastor
MARCH 12, 2020
 
My friends and parishioners,
 
There are many governmental agencies publishing guidelines, preventative measures and restrictions regarding the spread of COVID-19. Representatives from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles are in communication with state and local officials regarding their recommendations and guidelines.
 
Today, the California Department of Public Health issued guidelines regarding non-essential large gatherings of 250 people or more and smaller gatherings that do not allow for social distancing of six feet per person. 
 
In discussion with our parish leadership, we are suspending the following events that were scheduled for this weekend: 
 
  • Friday's Lenten Dinner (March 13)
  • Sunday’s Coffee and Donuts (March 15)
 
Our ministry to our parishioners continues, as will our commitment to care for the elderly and homebound, and to visit the sick. If you are elderly and need assistance with trips to the grocery store or pharmacy to pick up medications, please contact us at (310) 545-5651. We have parishioners who want to be of service. 
 
We are waiting for further instructions from the Archdiocese. So, until further notice Masses, Confessions, Friday’s Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Friday’s Stations of the Cross will continue as scheduled. 
 
In the meantime, let us continue to pray and support one another, as the Body of Christ. 
 
Msgr. John Barry
Pastor
American Martyrs Catholic Community