Saint Richard Catholic Church
We, the Catholic Community of St. Richard of Chichester, are called by Baptism to proclaim the message of Jesus Christ to all. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to active evangelization, seeking to make Jesus known and present through our worship, community, formation and service.
Masses Have Resumed here at St. Richard!
We have reduced seating in the church to accommodate the social distancing requirements and are sanitizing after each Mass.
4:00 PM Vigil on Saturday
8:00 AM, 10:30 AM and 5:00 PM on Sunday
No nursery will be available until further notice.
7:00 AM Monday through Friday
5:30 PM on Tuesday & Thursday
8:15 AM on Wednesday
8:00 AM on Saturday
We will continue to live-stream Mass.
Weekly Update from Fr. John
FROM FR. JOHN - 07/01/2020
Hello everyone! I hope you all are surviving the hot, humid weather that has descended on us, and that you all are being spared from Covid-19. We are now almost entering our 5th month of this pandemic, and it appears that the numbers are trending back upward, especially among the younger population. That is not good news, so we continue to pray that the Lord will keep us all healthy and in good spirits.
Due to the increase in the number of positive cases of the coronavirus around the state of Mississippi, I want to once again ask you all to please continue to wear your face coverings and to maintain good social distancing, especially while in the Church.
I really want to commend you all for being so diligent thus far in respecting our church guidelines during mass. When I look out over the congregation at weekend masses, I see almost all of you wearing your masks and keeping your proper distances. THANK YOU for that! It's one less headache I am forced to deal with! Thank you also for those who stick around after each mass to wipe down the pews. It helps tremendously.
I also want to sincerely thank all of you for your continued financial support of St. Richard Church. Our contributions have remained remarkably steady throughout the pandemic, and that is a testament to the generosity of this parish. So thank you again for your continued support!
As you all know, Fr. Nick has officially started his new assignment as our diocesan Vocations Director. We again thank Fr. Nick for his many years of service to our parish and school, and we pray that his new ministry will be filled with many blessings.
Taking Fr. Nick's place is Fr. Adolfo Suarez. Fr. Adolfo has been ordained 1 year, and has served previously as the Associate Pastor of St. James Church in Tupelo. Fr. Adolfo is a native of Mexico and completed his seminary education at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. We are very pleased to welcome him here to St. Richard. I know you all will make him feel very welcome.
Finally, many of you have asked about when various parish programs will resume on a regular basis. As of now, we are planning to start such things as RCIA, religious education, etc. in August as we normally do. However, with the unpredictable nature of the coronavirus, things may change or get delayed. I will do my best to keep you all informed as decisions are made or when changes occur. Thank you for hanging in there with us.
OK, that is enough for now. I pray you all enjoy your July 4th holiday. This is the first time in many years that St. Richard won't be hosting our fireworks show, due to the pandemic. We are hoping that perhaps on Labor Day we can get together as a parish for some food and fireworks. Again, keep praying that this virus will loosen its grip on us and allow us once again to experience some much-needed community! God bless!
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