PHASE TWO – A MESSAGE FROM FATHER THANHDear 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 Caroliniansmay 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 10:00AMwith 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: email@example.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 oneven in the midst of anxiety, fear, uncertainty and challenges.Peace,Father ThanhA NEW MESSAGE FROM FATHER THANH
Dear parishioners and friends in Christ,
Once again, I want to send out a message to all of you as means of communications and to let you know that you are not forgotten during this challenging and uncertain time! First of all, on behalf of the parish’s staff, I want to wish all mothers in our parish a blessed and happy Mother’s Day. Mothers are always important in our lives as children who have been raised, protected and nurtured by a unselfish loving care. To me, a mother is someone who truly gives and some who truly loves. These 2 verbs “give” and “love” are inseparable, not only from a Christian point of view as Saint John cleverly points out: “God so loved the world that he gave his Only Son…” (John 3: 16), but also from a secular world as expressed by Kahlil Gibran, a Lebanese-American writer:
“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
We continue to have the Sunday Mass live streamed at 10:00AM for our parishioners to view at home until the day we can get together to worship God as a community of faith. The scriptural readings for this Sunday can be found on our parish’s website: http://www.
Have a pleasant weekend.
Peace, Father Thanh
April 17, 2020
This Sunday is the Second Sunday of Easter also known as the Divine Mercy Sunday. Because we may not get together as a community of faith, this Sunday Mass will be live streamed at 10:00AM from our Sacred Heart Church.
You may watch it live on our parish’s website: Sacred Heart Catholic Church – Southport, NC
Normally, we’ll get together for the Divine Mercy celebration at 3:00PM.
The Bishop has notified us that due “to the great need to further limit the numbers of people gathered, so as to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), I have asked that all public daily and weekend Masses in the Diocese of Raleigh be suspended at this time until further notice.” The full text of this notice may be read at: https://dioceseofraleigh.org/
Therefore, for the duration – ALL masses at Sacred Heart have been cancelled.
Cancelled until further notice
Guidance on Masses, ministries and the sacraments
Based on updated guidance from public officials regarding the continued need to further limit the numbers of people gathered, and particularly as more local communities issue “stay at home” directives so as to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the suspension of all public daily and weekend Masses in the Diocese of Raleigh continues until further notice.
The following directives are also established until further notice in conjunction with the above:
- All gatherings in parishes also are suspended effective immediately until further notice, including faith formation, CCD, RCIA, Stations of the Cross, Adoration, etc. Exceptions to “stay at home” orders have provided provisions allowing for the video streaming of religious services with appropriate health precautions and limitations of numbers of essential participants.
Ideally, any virtual Masses should be live when broadcast, not recorded. Please see here for additional USCCB guidance re: televising the liturgy. Celebrations of the Mass which are live-streamed may not include public distribution of Holy Communion before or after the broadcast. Masses in open areas around the property of our churches are also strongly discouraged.
- All Penance Services, School Masses and Healing Masses are cancelled.
- The Sacrament of Reconciliation is to be suspended except for those in danger of death. All other means of providing the Sacrament should cease. In particular the practice being observed of “stational penance” via automobile “drive throughs,” etc., should be discontinued. In addition, it needs to be noted and communicated that an indulgence has been offered by the Holy See. Please educate your parishioners on this important measure provided to you and to them during this time.
- In the current state of the pandemic, great care should be taken with the celebration of the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. While the full prescribed ritual for anointing may not always be possible given the status of an infected person, please follow the guidance outlined in Canon Law, which offers us:Can. 1000 §1. The anointings with the words, order, and manner prescribed in the liturgical books are to be performed carefully. In a case of necessity, however, a single anointing on the forehead or even on some other part of the body is sufficient, while the entire formula is said.§2. The minister is to perform the anointings with his own hand, unless a grave reason warrants the use of an instrument.If an instrument such as a cotton ball or cotton swab or gauze is used, please only use such instrument once, collecting all used instruments to destroy as conveniently as possible.In the event an anointing cannot take place, then prayer over the sick and with the family of the sick is most appropriate and will offer consolation and hope. In these instances, suggested prayers, that do not mention anointing with oil from the ritual, are selections B, E, and G under Prayer after Anointing, Anointing in a Hospital or an Institution in Pastoral Care of the Sick. In as far as it is possible, Viaticum should be administered to the dying and those in danger of death.
- Confirmations have been suspended. Celebrations of the sacrament are being evaluated on a week by week basis. Provisions will be made for the eventual delegation of faculties for pastors to confirm candidates at the earliest convenience.
- During the Season of Lent baptism should only be administered in danger of death. Celebrations of the Sacrament of Baptism should be suspended until after the lifting of restrictions on gatherings.
- For the foreseeable future, funerals should be simple graveside services with a small gathering of immediate family. A memorial Mass may be celebrated at a later date.
- Weddings should adhere to “stay at home” directives limiting gatherings. Broadly, across the Diocese of Raleigh, weddings should consist of gatherings of 10 or less and must use the Rite of Marriage Outside of Mass.
- Additional directives on the celebration of the liturgies of Holy Week and the Paschal Triduum are forthcoming. These liturgies, however, are all to be live-streamed, with only essential ministers and ministries necessary to conduct the liturgies and rituals present.