Our Lady of the Hills

Mask Mandate in Williamsburg

 

"Per order of the Board of Health: Mask wearing is mandated for all public buildings in the Town of Williamsburg as of December 30, 2021 at 3:00 PM. Masks may be removed in restaurants & bars only while a person is seated and eating or drinking after which masks must be worn again. This order will be reviewed in one month."

Good-bye and Hello

As we say happy retirement to Father Richard Bondi, we welcome Father John Gawienowski as our new administrator.  Father John's first Mass will be on Saturday, January 1 at 8:30 a.m, The Solemnity of Mary.  Regular weekend Masses will be at 4 p.m. on January 1 and 8 and 10:30 a.m. on January 2.

REVISED COVID GUIDELINES EFFECTIVE Dec. 17, 2021

Office of the Vicar General

  1. All parishes and schools should FIRST review and follow your local public health department’s guidance. If it is unclear, contact these local health officials directly.
  2. If your parish is not under a local mask mandate- the diocese strongly encourages that masks be worn at all times in an indoor setting and in large outdoor gatherings where the social distance cannot be adhered to. This includes Masses, meetings and appointments.
  3. Priests, deacons and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion must sanitize their hands prior to distributing Holy Communion and must wear masks and while doing so.
  4. Should a priest, deacon or other parish minister have direct contact with a Covid 19 positive person, they should immediately get tested. 
  5. Pastors are still encouraged to move slowly in returning to the shaking of hands at the Sign of Peace or after Mass. Other forms for the Sign of Peace should be used and encouraged.
  6. Communion under both species is still not allowed at this time.
  7. Offertory Procession with gifts is permitted.
  8. Holy Water fonts should remain empty at this time. Some parishes have given bottles of Holy Water to the people or purchased touch less dispensers. Both practices are encouraged.
  9. Faithful can receive Holy Communion on the tongue or on hand. 
  10. Purification of the chalice and other sacred vessels should be done only by the main celebrant of the Mass. (Concelebrating priests should receive communion only by “Intinction”) The sacred vessels are to be purified after communion or after Mass, at the altar or credence table.
  11. It is recommended for unvaccinated clergy members to be tested once a week. 

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Parish Renovation Campaign Prayer

O God, hear our humble prayer. Pour your Holy Spirit upon every person within our parish that all may come to deepen their faith and serve you as faithful and generous witnesses to the enduring hope found only in You. With the help of Mary, our Mother, who with Joseph created a Most Holy Family may we bear witness to the glory of God with great joy. In Luke’s Gospel, Mary said“the Lord has done great things for me and holy is His Name.” Therefore, bless this campaign by igniting a new enthusiasm for the sacred mission we share as disciples of your Son. Help us to Do Great Things and allow us to continue to share Your love and mercy with others. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, the source of our hope, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever. Amen.

 

 

Florence Bank continues to offer a program that annually distributes $100,000 among local non-profit organizations.  They call it their Annual Customers' Choice Community Grants. Any qualifying nonprofit organization that receives 50 or more customer votes receives a proportional share of the funds.  Historically many non-profits have been awarded between $1,000 and $5,000.  In 2020 Our Lady of the Hills Parish received  $4,837.50 because you voted for us!  Way-to-Go!  The Finance Council urges parishioners to participate again on behalf of OLH by voting.  Voting is  available online at https://www.florencebank.com/vote