On behalf of the Parish Committee and myself I would like to wish each and every one of you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, Blessed and most prosperous New Year!
There will be a brunch held on October 9th at 11:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall to thank every one who helped to make the Picnic the rousing success that it was. Signup sheets are in the vestibule so please indicate how many will attend. Everyone who helped at the Picnic, with making food or who donated are welcome including friends an family. The planned menu will include kielbasa, eggs, pierogies, french toast sticks, meatballs, soup, fruit, deserts and more. Polka music will also be featured. I hope to see many of you there.
The return of Saint Stephen’s Annual Polish Picnic was a great success. Over nine hundred and sixty paid attendees, and we appreciate everyone who turned out to support our Parish. Everyone said that they had a great time and were glad that we were back! Thanks to everyone, parishioners, friends and family members who worked so hard to make this happen. A special shout out to our Picnic Committee Chairperson, Jay Rowe for taking on this great responsibility and for working so hard to make this a triumphant return.
HEALTH PRECAUTIONS AT CHURCH
At this time, the ‘better-safe-than-sorry’ approach to our common life in our Parish is the approach to take for the immediate future. Therefore, at the passing of the Peace during Mass, we will eliminate handshaking, kissing and hugging as signs of God’s peace being with you. Instead, a wave, a peace sign ‘V’, a smile can be substituted for the other gestures to ensure the health safety of all and to remove from some the stigma of their not desiring to participate in the Peace at this time while others would.
Greeting the clergy with a handshake at the doors after Mass will no longer take place. A smile and the brief greetings offered as usual will be sufficient.
Coughing and sneezing into your elbow and arm instead of uncovered into the air around you will be appreciated by everyone and reduce the risk of infection.
As always, parishioners who are ill on a Sunday morning or exhibiting flu-like symptoms should remain at home from Mass until they are fully recovered from their illness.
The clergy will continue to wash their hands before Mass as they always do. Additionally, they will use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after distributing communion.
The CDC explains the following: Coronavirus symptoms include a fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms could appear two to 14 days after exposure. The virus spreads through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People can also become infected by touching something with the virus on it then touching their mouth, nose or possibly eyes.
We will observe these precautions as long as necessary.