The Caring Community
The Caring Community
We the people of St. Martha Catholic Church, are called to conversion of our entire person in Jesus Christ and His compassion for others. Our community life and worship is based on the Bible, the sacraments, and the teaching of the Catholic Church. Living the love of Christ impacts our moral, intellectual, and religious life and makes us a caring community that brings hope to our families, neighborhood and society.
Dear Friends in Christ,
We are guessing you have heard by now that Riverside County has had such an increase of Covid-19 cases that we are back in the Purple tier. This means, among other things, we will return to all Masses outside beginning this Sat. evening, Oct. 24th, at 5PM.
While we know for all of us this is difficult to hear, we must not distress. From the Bubonic Plague to the Influenza of 1918 we have seen this many times before; the Church shall walk through this crisis as well. The important thing is that we never give way to despair. God is and always will be fully in charge.
In many parts of the world, Catholics offer Mass outside on a regular basis. We at least have chairs, restrooms, and cooler temperatures. When we read the Bible we can see that in the earliest days of the Chosen people, worship was always outside. Moses found the burning bush outside, not inside a building.
We should greet this small setback with right good cheer and not dismay, because we know that all shall be well in God's good time.
The Mass times outdoors will remain as they are currently now that the weather has cooled down - Sat. 5PM; Sun. 7:15AM; 9AM; 11AM; 1PM Spanish; 5PM. This first weekend we will not have the proper awnings up yet so feel free to bring umbrellas if you are worried about the sun. We are researching what is best for an outdoor covering and meets all necessary codes, while being practical with our spending for something that is just temporary. Beginning Monday Oct. 26th, Daily Mass will resume outside. In case of rain, please check the website and Facebook for ongoing updates. We can always livestream with the Priest alone in church if need be due to inclement weather (the new WiFi is up and running). We will do our best to keep you informed of any and all further changes.
As for sign-ups and registration for the weekend Masses, they will still go live at 7PM today for the next two weeks. You may choose one of the two weeks. But do remember we will be outside with only 6 Masses - no overflow.
Thank you for your prayers and understanding. Please comply with all social distancing and face covering requirements in public so the numbers can go down once again.
Lord, I maintain my hope in You and I hold onto the assurance that what I am praying for is already accomplished in the name of Jesus. Your Word promises "no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly" (Psalm 84:11).
With peace in Christ,
Kirsten, Fr. Alphonsus, Fr. Carlos, and Fr. Gregory
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