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Coronavirus

Back to School in the “New Normal”

Last March children all across Washington State (and the United States) were told that they would be learning from home for a few weeks as a way to keep them healthy and free of the Coronavirus. We all know that the weeks turned into months and the kids never made it back to their classrooms. This led to a summer where camps cancelled sessions, swimming pools closed, and for most people, vacation, if you went anywhere, was a car ride across the state rather than a plane ride across the country. Now, September is here and along with it, the first day of school…on the computer through distance learning. These changes have had a negative impact on the mental health of many children.

Fortunately, there are resources available to parents as schools, mental health and health care providers understand the importance of this issue. If you have noticed a change in your child’s behavior or mood, there is help available. Guidance Resources, our EAP administrator can assist you in finding a counselor for your child. They can be reached 24/7 by calling 800-311-4327 or by going to www.Guidanceresources.com (our company ID is ASEAP).

Additional information is also available through the following collection of links to articles:

https://discoveries.childrenshospital.org/preparing-kids-school-covid-19/

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/Return-to-School-During-COVID-19.aspx

https://www.childrensmn.org/2020/04/24/covid-19-affecting-kids-mental-health-parents-need-know/

https://www.healio.com/news/psychiatry/20200408/covid19s-mental-health-effects-by-age-group-children-college-students-workingage-adults-and-older-ad

https://time.com/5870478/children-mental-health-coronavirus/


Our response to the spreading coronavirus must reflect how we, as disciples of Jesus, love our neighbor and love God.  In caring for all members of our community — especially the elderly and the vulnerable — we are carrying out the mission of the church. We must do our part to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Public Health King County advises against large gatherings. Due to this, we are postponing some nonessential ministry gatherings and other parish events until the county updates its recommendations. 

Evidence-Based Guidelines to Celebrate Mass Safely Are Working click here to read more

 

No "Drive-in" Masses.    The governor’s office issued new guidance around Phase 1 activities of the Safe Start Washington plan, which included “drive-in spiritual services.” Like many of you, we were pleased spiritual services were considered. However, after reviewing the actual guidance, it became clear that “drive-in spiritual services” would not allow the reception of Holy Communion and would not allow for the Catholic Liturgy.  We will continue offering Mass by livestream video and to encourage acts of spiritual communion. It is our hope that we can soon experience the freedom to safely gather for worship. 

Limited Re-Opening of the Church for Public Worship

The most current directives from the Governor's office will now allow indoor religious services for fewer than 150 individuals.  Our parish Task Force on reopening the church for limited public worship is exploring all the safety precautions that must be in place.   Attendance is by reservation only.  To register for Mass click here or call the Parish Office on Monday or Tuesday from 10am until noon. 

Prior to the pandemic, we would have 1800 people gather on a weekend.   When we re-open, less than 250 would be able to attend a Sunday liturgy. Another 200 spots would be available during the week.   As we deal with a very limited ability, charity and understanding will be required of us all.

Attendance at Mass is voluntary.  The faithful have a dispensation from the obligation of participating in Mass during this pandemic.

Funeral rites are now permited either at the graveside or in the church with a maximum of 30 people.  Contact Fr. McKee to make arrangements.    Other restrictions may be in place out of an abundance of caution to protect families and cemetery workers

May Christ, the Divine Physician, bring healing to the ill, strength to the medical community and compassion to all the faithful.

 

St. Vincent's Church will be open for private prayer

The main church building will be open for private prayer from noon to 2:00 PM on Wednesdays.  If you are out and about for your essential tasks, stop by for a little quiet prayer time before the Blessed Sacrament.   Volunteer parishioners are making this a possibility.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE HAVE BEEN VIOLATIONS OF SOCIAL DISTANCING DIRECTIVES BY OVER ZEALOUS SIGNATURE GATHERERS ON CAMPUS WITHOUT PERMISSION.  CONTIUED VIOLATION OF THIS SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL RESULT IN CLOSING THE CAMPUS.
·         There is no organized or public prayer.
·         Social distancing must be observed.
·         Plastic chairs rather than the pews will be used so they can be                  more easily sanitized after each use.
·         Please observe one-way directions in and out of the building.
·         Restrooms will not be open.
·         If you are not feeling well, please stay home.
·         Keep our parishioners in your prayer.
·         And be sure to ask God for what you truly need.

 

Resources

Click here for a Guide to Self Care