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Letter from Fr. Cook

Mar 17, 2020

Dear Friends,
 
In response to the Coronavirus, the Curial Cabinet and the Chancery collaborated to develop a plan for the diocesan Central Administration and to offer guidance for parishes and diocesan entities. Based on those recommendations, Governor Roy Cooper's executive order and CDC/White House Task Force guidelines, very difficult decisions have been made.
 
The following changes to parish life are effective immediately and until further notice:
  • All daily and weekend Masses are canceled.
  • All Mass intentions will be included by your priests in their private Masses.
  • Saturday Confessions are canceled.
  • All activities scheduled in the parish center are canceled.
  • The parish office is closed to the public but parish staff will be working every day, some remotely/at reduced hours.
  • The church will remain open during the day and will be sanitized every evening.
In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, many parishes are cancelling non-essential meetings and gatherings as well as public Masses. The recommendation of groups no larger than 10 people is the assumption of the Task Force based on their most current data. We have a responsibility to our fellow parishioners to keep them safe.

In addition, the well-being of all our dedicated staff during this difficult time is a top priority as a responsible employer and, most importantly, as faithful followers of the gospel.  In addition to our goal to help keep people safe and healthy, we are also committed to minimizing the financial impact on them. As such, measures are being taken to pay staff and continue providing benefits to those who are unable to work during this difficult time.  We must also continue to meet all our other financial obligations. Similarly, I ask that you continue your financial support of our parish if you are not adversely impacted by this crisis. I encourage you to mail your weekly offering to the parish office at 335 Springdale Avenue or by online giving.  You may access the parish’s online giving platform on our website: www.stleocatholic.org. It takes 5 minutes to set up your account.

We will be updating parish life decisions according to the most recent guidelines we receive from the diocese.

Please be assured of my daily prayers for your well-being and the well-being of our country.

Father Brian Cook
 
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