On Friday, May 6, the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston released to the public, the Diocesan Directives which guide the protocols for parishes to reopen for public worship during the time of the COVID-19 crisis. The clergy and staff of the Saint James the Greater are looking forward to resuming the public celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the opening of our doors for daily prayer. We will continue to offer the Sunday Mass every Sunday via live-stream on our YouTube channel. Beginning Monday, May 18, we will begin to live-stream daily Mass at the regularly scheduled time.
On Friday, May 15, a mailing was sent to our registered families with further information about the reopening protocol. Please keep in mind that the reopening only includes the resumption of public Masses and daily public prayer in the Nave. The work in the Adoration Chapel has not been completed, therefore Perpetual Adoration will resume at a later date. We expect the Adoration Chapel to reopen in the near future. Information about the reopening and blessing of the new Adoration Chapel will be provided as soon as it is available.
It is important to note that no other aspect of parish life is to resume at this time. All space reservations remain suspended until further notice and no meetings can take place in any of our meeting spaces. Ministry leaders will be notified when ministry activities may resume within our parish spaces. Please call the Parish Office should you have any questions about any part of the reopening protocols. We are happy to answer your questions.
We are grateful for your response to the efforts of the Saint Roch Outreach and its volunteers. It has been a blessing to those who have received the assistance of the Saint Roch volunteers. It may have been a greater blessing to those who have volunteered and those who have contributed in so many ways, as we strive to live and practice the works of mercy by helping our brothers and sisters in need. Your love of the Eucharist has guided your actions and has shown every corner of our county and surrounding areas the heart of Saint James.
During this time of reopening, Saint Zita continues to serve you by offering the merchant card program as curbside or pick up service. Please call the Parish Office between 9 am and 12 pm and we will transfer you to a Saint Zita volunteer to place your order for merchant cards. If able to pick up between 9 am and 12 pm, the Saint Zita volunteer will bring your cards to you. If picking up between 1 pm and 5 pm, your cards will be waiting for you in the Parish Office. Just knock on the door and we will bring them to you.
Please know that each of you has been missed. The halls have been dark and quiet for far too long. The sounds of laughter and tears that fill our hearts are not there. Yet, we remain in the hope that fills us, knowing that the day will come when we will hear them once more and we will together worship our Lord and live the life of community that is the heart of every Christian.
We look forward to seeing you soon…