Corona Virus Response

 Update: March 25, 2020:

Starting Monday, Governor Brown put new regulations in place. This is the third time the regulations have been strengthened. In practice, however, it didn’t really change the decisions we had already made at the parish. But, for the sake of consistency, I think it would be a good idea to restate our current practices:

1. We will have no public Masses, adoration or an open church. I realize that it can be possible to offer adoration or an open church under certain circumstances, but to follow the “spirit of the law” that encourages people to stay home and not make unnecessary trips, we have decided to continue our current practice until the directives are changed or need to be adjusted.

2. We are offering Masses and other content in various ways. We are streaming Masses and teachings on our YouTube Channel which can be accessed by searching for “St. James McMinnville” or by links in our facebook page “St. James McMinnville”.  In addition, be sure to visit the Archdiocesan website for updates and Masses and prayers offered by Archbishop Sample at: archdpdx.org

3. We encourage you to take advantage of online Catholic resources. Here are a few:
EWTN – The TV network with an online presence as well
Word on Fire – Bishop Barron’s site
Catholic TV – Daily Masses and other content
Vaticannews.va – Pope Francis Masses and other content
Vatican.va – Catechism, Pope’s letters, homilies, etc.
Vatican live stream – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJHI8bI0LWg
Universalis.com – Learn how to pray the Liturgy of the Hours
Theholyrosary.org – Learn to pray the rosary
Thedivinemercy.org – Learn to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet
Stpaulcenter.com – This and various Catholic study resources
Read the Bible – olivetree.com and biblegateway.com – look for Catholic Bibles
Read the Catechism – found on Vatican.va
Watch good religious movies: 10 Commandments, Scarlet and the Black, A Man for All Seasons, etc.

4. The office will be closed but we will be checking messages and doing what we need to. You are also free to email us. Our addresses can be found by clicking the “bulletin” icon on the home page of the parish website.

5. We will be following our already scheduled sacraments and events after Easter such as 1st Communion, Confirmation, Baptisms, etc. Since we don’t know what things will look like at this point, we may need to adjust as we get more information. We will let those involved know as soon as we do.

6. We will offer confessions but by appointment only so we can space the people. If you are looking to do a devotional confession or make a Lenten observance, this is not the time for that. If you are in a spiritual crisis, we will arrange the possibility. Just call or email to make an appointment.

7. Funerals and sick calls. They are possible but we are restricted in what we are able to offer. For funerals, if it is cremation, the funeral may be done at a later time if you have more than 10 people who would want to attend. For sick calls, we may not be allowed in nursing homes, hospitals, or foster care. We will respond as we are able. Just call the office or email.

8. Church Support: I know that there is a lot that is still unknown and many of you are rightfully concerned about your own financial situation. We are also concerned at St. James, Good Shepherd, and St. Michael as well. Although it is a delicate subject to bring this up, we do need your support as we have gone several weekends without collections. For Good Shepherd and St. Michael, please do your best to be generous when the time allows us to gather again. For St. James, if you go to the parish website, on the homepage you will find an icon “donation”. This enables online giving and there is a simple process for that to happen. Just follow the instructions. Thank you for your understanding and support.

9. Spiritual Communion:
Finally, we can do our best to participate in Spiritual Communion by participating in the livestream Masses to the best of our ability and asking Jesus to unite himself with us. I’ll leave you with a prayer from St. Alphonsus Liguori:
My Jesus,
I believe that you
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things,
and I desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive you sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you.
Amen.

II.  Guidelines to Prevent Spread of Virus:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. All of our branches have these hand washing supplies on hand.
  2. Avoid close contact with people who show symptoms of sickness.
  3. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  4. Avoid touching your face – eyes, nose, and mouth.
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (doorknobs, counter tops, keyboards, cell phones, etc.)
  6. You are encouraged to stay home when you are ill and reach out to your care provider to determine the best way to seek treatment.