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COVID-19 UPDATES

12/11/2021

Masses Resume this Weekend

Taken from e-mail update

My dear parishioners,

 

It’s Gaudete Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent.

 

Today we light the rose candle, the third candle of the Advent wreath. Having passed the midpoint of Advent, the Church lightens the mood a little, and color of the day is rose to express our joy in the coming of Jesus, our Savior. The change in color provides us with encouragement to continue our spiritual preparation, especially prayer and fasting for Christmas.

 

I may not be with you in person because of my house confinement and quarantine due to Covid-19.  I am one with you in spirit and in prayers.

 

As we live in confidence and hope, joy is evident in our lives and on our faces! People will wonder why we are joyful in the midst of difficult and struggle. We need to be ready to give an explanation, our joy is based on the truths of the Gospel and on our relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. Our joy is based on the life that Almighty God gives us and the promises He makes that life conquers death and sin, that the happiness we long for deep within our souls is fulfilled in Him and in relationship with Him. He is our Joy! May the joy of the Lord be your strength!

 

Once again, thank you very much for the outpouring support and prayers during this time of testing as I remain in quarantine and isolation due to Covid-19. I am feeling better now and improving by the day.

 

I assure you that it is safe to come to ICC this weekend.

  • Our church has been cleaned, sanitized and disinfected.
     

  • The installation of an air exchanger in the church will remove stale and polluted air from the church to the outside and replace it by an equivalent of fresh air every second.
     

  • Masses will be celebrated by the Adorno Fathers and priests from St. Paul’s Church in Ramsey.
     

  • Confessions continue as scheduled on Saturdays.
     

  • Since our Advent Penance Service is canceled, please take advantage of the regular confession times on Saturdays.

 

Blessings and prayers to all of you and your loved ones, I am

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Fr. Manolo Punzalan

Pastor