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.
Special Kids Day Golf Tournament
Mark Your Calendars!
October 8, 2020
This year we will hold the Special Kids Day Golf Tournament on Thursday, October 8, 2020! It's a great time to get outside, space out and raise some money for a great cause.
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We have resumed Masses utilizing the recommended guidelines during this pandemic. Here are a few of the changes implemented:
- We have reduced seating in the church to accommodate the social distancing requirements.
- We are sanitizing after Mass.
- People are required to wear mask during 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 the following Masses: 7:00 AM Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM on Saturday, and 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM on Sunday.
What's Happening at St. Richard!!
In this time of social distancing and uncertainty, the Catholic Church is different. We don't see each other at weekly parish dinners. We don't clasp hands in the Sign of Peace. But we are together! Look what is happening at St. Richard!!!!
Sacraments Have Continued!
Although St. Richard and the families have had to make modifications due to the pandemic, we have celebrated the following:
- Baptism of 5 babies
- Marriage of 7 couples
- 7 new Catholics were brought into the Church
- Only one child left to receive First Communion from the First Communion class
- Almost all the youth from last year’s Confirmation class have received Confirmation.
- Our priests are celebrating Mass daily where we are able to receive the Eucharist. They are also providing the opportunity for Confession on Wednesday and Saturday or by appointment.
What Else is Happening at St. Richard:
- Every child ages 3-8 in the parish is receiving a weekly bulletin in the mail.
- Living Faith is being mailed to any parishioner who has contacted the church office.
- The youth programs have come up with some creative ways to get together. They have also provided manual labor at the Carmelite Monastery.
- St. Vincent dePaul is answering calls for assistance.
- Meal on Wheels has continued to deliver meals.
- St. Richard parishioners have volunteered at the Stew Pot pantry.
- Small Faith groups have continued preparing and delivering food to Stew Pot for Sunday lunch.
- A few Small Faith Communities have begun to meet here at the parish.
- Young Adult small faith group has been meeting since March via Zoom and is now meeting monthly here at the parish.
- Men of St. Joseph, Coffee and Creed, a few Small Faith Communities are meeting by incorporating technology and social distancing.
- Adoration is every Wednesday in the church from 9 A.M. until 9 P.M. Benediction is at 8:45 P.M.
- Friday Rosary at 11:30 a.m. in the church.
- Coffee & Creed meets on Sunday at 9:15 a.m. in Foley Hall.
- Parishioners have continued to provide financial support to the parish.
- The Mass reservation book is fully scheduled until med-September. We are praying for each other!!
- We welcomed a new priest to our parish, Fr. Adolfo!!
- The bulletin is BACK!
Update from Fr. John
FROM FR. JOHN - 08/1/2020
During times of crisis and uncertainty like we are in now with the COVID-19 pandemic and the social unrest going on around the nation, a person can often be tempted to ask, ‘Where is God in all of this?’
First, let me say that humanity has experienced and endured far worse than what is going on now. This is not the only time in human history when we have faced worldwide pandemics or violence in the streets. These things are the natural result of fallen human nature and the unpredictable nature of life. However, in response to all this we Christians are called to imitate our Savior Jesus Christ in thought, word, and deed in everything we do so as not to give in to worry, despair, and hopelessness.
During his earthly ministry, Jesus lived a simple life. He was not preoccupied with being rich. He was not concerned about ‘keeping up with the Jones” or being popular and powerful. Rather, he lived a life of kindness, patience, and trust in God. He prayed frequently, he spent a lot of time with friends and neighbors, and he encouraged those around him to live a life of peace, fairness, and love of God and neighbor.
Therefore, be like Christ in everything you do. Pray frequently, spend time with family and friends (socially distanced and with masks, of course), and be kind and patient with others. Times are rough right now, so the world needs more and more people like Christ who will sow the seeds of peace in our world.