St. Maria Goretti Update 2 July 2020

As you know, Governor Ducey has ordered the public use of masks; pushed back the opening of Public schools to 17 August; closed gyms and bars; and cut public gathering down to a limit of 50.

Although religious institutions are exempt from the last regulation, it is good to take to heart the wisdom of Jesus who proposed that God makes “…the rain falls on the just and on the unjust.” (MT 5:45 )  In other words, a worshipping assembly is at risk as much as  any other group.

Given the current retrenchments, we are reverting back to earlier days when the alert status was also high.

Beginning this Sunday, (5 JULY) there will be no public Sunday Masses until further notice

  • A live-streamed non-public Mass will be celebrated at 10 AM with Communion being offered at the south and west doors after Mass until 11 AM.  View the Mass on our Facebook page (Facebook.com/smgaz).  It is not necessary to have a Facebook account to view the Mass.
  • Weekday Mass will continue at 8 AM.
  • Confessions (not face to face) will be heard after Thursday morning Mass
  • Funerals may be scheduled for less than 50 attendees.
  • Funeral Receptions will not be offered until further notice.
  • The parish office will remain open during regular hours beginning on Monday, 6 July.

Safety protocol remains the same

  • Masks required in the office and church (masks are available in both locations at main entrances).
  • Sanitizer gel use is required in the office and church (gel available in both locations at main entrances).
  • STAY HOME if ill

Continued Financial Support

As stated last week, we are most grateful for your continued care for the parish expenses even as we realize that there are also strains at the home front.  The office is open to receive your gifts (social distancing protocols are followed), or send through the mail. We also encourage you to think about on-line giving as a way to offer your donations.  We have noticed an increase in this method because it corresponds well to convenience, the need to support the parish and to our topsy-turvy lives during this pandemic.   Online giving can be found by clicking “donate” from the parish website, or click the following link:  https://www.osvonlinegiving.com/313

REMEMBER

Bishop Olmsted’s dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is still in force. This means it is not a sin to not come to Mass.


(Please Help Others Access this Technology!)

Having a Facebook account is not necessary to access this service. Simply click this link. You will be directed to the parish Facebook page. When prompted to sign up for an account, select “NOT NOW” at the bottom of the pop-up box. If you know of anyone who may have issues with accessing this technology, particularly our elderly and persons who are shut in their homes, please make every effort to reach out and assist them.

Staying Strong as a Community | Things We can Continue Doing!

  • Continue praying for one another daily!
  • Each day, call three to five friends and families in the community to check on them.
  • Reach out to any elderly persons, your neighbors, any persons/families in need, to see whether they need groceries or medicine delivered to them.
  • Continue your giving. The parish offices are open, staff are working, expenses are being paid.   Online giving is available by following this link:   https://www.osvonlinegiving.com/313. It’s an easy and secure way to help SMG navigate through this crisis. If you are not currently signed up for online giving, please consider doing so. Online Giving is a service SMG put into place for the convenience of our parishioners never imagining a time in our church that we would be unable to personally pass the Offertory Basket to gratefully receive your gifts to our parish. Now at this unprecedented time we find that Online Giving is more important than ever for our parish to continue to minister to our parishioners, albeit in this new temporary “normal”. The parish office is open regular hours if you would like to drop off your offering (Mon – Thurs 8:30 am – 4:00pm; Fri 8:30 am – noon).

If you are within our parish boundaries and in need of assistance from our St. Vincent de Paul conference, please call us at 480-948-8380 ext. 50. We can provide food boxes with social distancing, help with rent, utilities and medical expenses. Please call upon us.

Our pantry is in need of non-perishable food items, paper products and cash donations to help us meet increased needs. Until we can resume our regular monthly food drives at the weekend Masses, please deliver your donations to the parish office during regular office hours Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm; Friday 8:30 am – Noon.