Our Commitment to Safty:
As we begin public celebrations of Mass, St. Margaret of York is committed to maintaining a safe environment. It won’t be Mass as usual, but it will give us all a chance to practice the virtues of humility, patience, temperance, and kindness. We know that these procedures and guidelines are not what we are used to, and we ask for your flexibility and grace as we once again gather publicly for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in this time of uncertainty.
It will take longer to enter the Church, receive Holy Communion and exit the Church, so keep that in mind as you plan your day. We do not have all the answers to all the questions and will be constantly evaluating what is working and what is not as our public Masses resume. Please review Guidelines for the Celebration of Public Masses if you plan on attending a Mass at St. Margaret of York in person.
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
There is No Sunday Obligation. Archbishop Schnurr has granted the faithful a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass until further notice. In simple terms, this means you are not sinning by missing Mass on Sunday. Although we do invite you to tune into our live-stream Sunday Mass and encouraging coming to one of our weekday Public Masses instead of Sunday.
No RSVP needed at the moment. If we find in the first week or two that “there is no room at the inn” and are having to turn people away frequently we will look into further solutions to correct the problem.
That's a tough question that you as an individual or as a family need to discern about what is best for your situation. Fr. Bedel and Fr. Pasala offer a more in depth discussion in their video linked below that may help you decide.
It is OK not to receive Holy Communion. There could be many reasons. Perhaps we did not get a chance to fast for one hour. Perhaps we are not in the state of grace. Perhaps we are concerned about sickness. Perhaps we are physically separated by distance. The Church has a whole area of devotion and prayer called “Spiritual Communion.” Spiritual Communion is done when a person is unable to make a Sacramental Communion. Since there is no physical reception of the real, true, and substantial Body & Blood, Soul & Divinity of Christ in a spiritual communion, then there is no reception of sanctifying grace, only actual grace. While Canon Law only permits someone to receive Holy Communion no more than twice in one day, a person can make NUMEROUS spiritual communions all day long.
We can make a Spiritual Communion such as these below during Mass, or before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, or anywhere else where the Spirit moves us. Here are several prayers that may assist in making a spiritual communion when we are not able to receive.
My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You. Amen
I wish O Lord, to receive You with the purity, humility and devotion with which Your most Holy Mother received You in the spirit and fervor of all the saints
Oh Jesus, I turn toward the holy tabernacle where You live hidden for love of me. I love you, O my God. I cannot receive you in Holy Communion. Come, nevertheless, and visit me with Your grace. Come spiritually into my heart. Purify it. Sanctify it. Render it like unto Your own. Amen.
Lord, I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.
(This last sentence is drawn from Matthew’s Gospel (Matt 8:6), in which a Roman Centurion expressed his deep faith in our Lord’s healing powers (in this case to cure his servant rather than his soul). Jesus was quite moved by the soldier’s faith, and healed his servant at once.)
*Notice of Filming and Photography
In order to offer Mass online we will be live streaming during the 9:00am Sunday Mass. This means there is a possibility your image and likeness may appear on camera. By attending a St. Margaret of York event, you are entering an area where photography, audio, and video recording may occur.
By agreeing to these terms, you consent to photography, audio recording, video recording and its release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for promotional purposes, advertising, inclusion on websites, social media, or any other purpose by St. Margaret of York and its representatives. You release St. Margaret of York, its employees, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing, or publication and use of interviews, photographs, computer images, video and/ or audio recordings, and you waive all rights to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any use of these materials. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video, or audio recording taken by St. Margaret of York or the person or entity designated to do so by St. Margaret of York.