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March 11, 2020
Dear parishioners and guests,
In order to keep everyone as healthy as possible, we’ll be implementing the following precautions immediately.
1. Holy Communion from the chalice is suspended until further notice.
2. There should be no physical contact at the exchange of the sign of peace.
3. It is highly disputed as to whether Holy Communion received in the hand or on the tongue is safer against the virus. People may be encouraged to receive Holy Communion in the hand, but they are not required to do so. When priests and EMHC distribute Holy Communion, every effort is made to avoid touching the recipient.
4. The holy water fonts are empty and have been thoroughly cleaned.
5. Hand sanitizer is available at the entrances to the church, and everyone (especially EMHC) are to make use of it.
6. The church, parish facilities, Parish Ministry Center and school are sanitized every day. Twice per week, all facilities are air-cleaned using special machines.
7. Confessions will be heard behind the screens for privacy.
8. Priests are happy to say goodbye after Mass and are willing to shake hands, but it is fine for parishioners to choose not to shake hands.
On a personal level, please exercise common sense:
1. If you sense any of the virus symptoms, stay home and seek treatment from a medical professional. Such people should know that they are dispensed from Mass obligations.
2. Do not cough or sneeze into the air. Always sneeze into a tissue or while burying your face in your elbow joint. Discard the tissue immediately.
3. Avoid close contact with other people if they show any symptoms.
4. Wash hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Thank you for your cooperation.
About Fr. Gregory
Fr. Gregory Golyzniak was born and raised in Muszyna, Poland, the youngest of four children. He attended the world's largest Catholic Seminary in Tarnow, Poland, and was ordained in 1998. Father Gregory came to the United States and was assigned to the Diocese of Syracuse, New York, from 2002-2008. He then transferred to the Diocese of Colorado Springs, first serving as pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Southgate. In 2013, Fr. Gregory was assigned to St. Peter Catholic Church in Monument. Fr. Gregory is currently working long distance on a PhD in Sacred Architecture with an emphasis on the Gothic architecture of the 11th-17th centuries.
UPON THIS ROCK
Building our future, honoring our legacy.
Our plans to renovate the chapel, construct a new ministry center and expand the school are moving forward. Your pledge is vital to making this project a success. We are growing and we are all grateful for that! With growth often comes opportunities, equating to the need for space to accommodate the number of persons wishing to maintain and expand our stewardship and faith potential. Currently, our ministries use St. Peter School for many of their activities. In order to keep our school students as safe as possible, the school facilities must be dedicated for school use only. Please prayerfully consider financially supporting this project. Your support is greatly appreciated. The “Upon This Rock” pledge card is located on our website petertherock.org. If you have any questions about the project or want to meet with Father Gregory or Debby Dover, our Campaign Coordinator, please stop by or call the office at (719) 481-3511, we are happy to meet with you!
Sunday, March 3, 2019