LATEST UPDATE

Start date: June 4, 2020 - End date: June 30, 2020

THE WEEKLY MESSAGE FROM FATHER THANH 
June 3, 2020
    Dear parishioners and friends in Christ,
Greetings from your home parish, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Southport!
I would like to drop a few lines to keep you posted of what is going on at our parish
during this uncertain and challenging time.
First of all, to my knowledge, by the grace of God, none of our parishioners has succumbed
to the coronavirus.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your continued support to the parish
by mailing in your offertory envelopes and by online donations.
The parish has been able to maintain all the administrative and charitable activities as it has done before the arrival of the pandemic.
With the mid-Phase Two of Re-Opening, we slowly began our daily and weekend Mass schedule.
This coming weekend, June 6/7, we will have 2 Masses: one on Saturday at 5:00PM and one
on Sunday at 10:00AM. Due to social distancing and safety precautions, we limit the number of
attendees to 150 people for each Mass. The church has been professionally sanitized and is ready
to welcome you back.  You may preregister at the link below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a44aea922a6ff2-weekend

We thank Mrs. Anne Benedict for setting up the Sign-Up Genius App and our technicians for the
Sunday Mass streaming.
May God continue to bless and keep all of us under his constant protection and loving care.
Peace,
Father Thanh

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 PHASE TWO – A MESSAGE FROM FATHER THANH
 
 
    Dear parishioners and friends in Christ,
As most of us are aware, Phase Two officially begins today, May 22, 2020.
A number of restrictions have been lifted by the Governor so that the North Carolinians
may start to live their lives in a forward gear.
In terms of public gathering, with the instructions from the Bishop, we are allowed to get together for worship on weekdays in the chapel and Sundays in the main church building.
Obviously, we observe social distancing, hands sanitizing, wearing a mask and other precautions, etc.
__For this Sunday, May 24, the Solemnity of the Ascension Mass will be live streamed at 10:00AM
with a limited number of parishioners attending.
__Beginning Tuesday, May 26,  up to 25 people may attend daily Masses in the chapel.
You have to sign up with Mrs. Judy Hughes ( Email: 1945judyhughes@gmail.com ).
Social distancing must be observed. Purell hand sanitizer is available at each entrance of the church, wearing a mask.
__The official public Sunday Mass at sacred Heart Parish is Pentecost Sunday, May 31st, at 10:00AM only.  This Sunday Mass will be live streamed as well.  On Wednesday, May 27, you will receive a link and instructions on how to use Sign-Up Genius App  to sign up for Sunday Mass attendance.
Since our church building has 15,700 SF, our technicians measured all the pews yesterday with a measuring tape and reported that, with social distancing, up to 260 people may attend Sunday Masses.  Our church’s seating capacities can comfortably seat 800 people  or 1,000 elbow-to-elbow people.  Social distancing must be observed. Purell hand sanitizer is available at each entrance of the church, wearing a mask,etc.
__If everything is going well, we will resume the normal weekend Mass schedule (Sat. 5:00PM,
Sunday 8:30AM and 11:00AM) on the Trinity Sunday, June 6/7, 2020.
The same set of precautions will be obviously observed.
If you are sick, having a cold or a continuous cough or weak, please stay home.
Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama continues to waive the obligation to attend Sunday Mass to the faithful at this time.
May God continue to bless all of us and give us the courage and strength to move on
even in the midst of anxiety, fear, uncertainty and challenges.
Peace,
Father Thanh