URGENT UPDATE: Parish Protocols

From the Archdiocese: Social distancing protocols to be adjusted beginning March 31
Along with social distancing and mask usage, it appears that the recent increase in vaccinations has led to a significant decline in COVID-19 new cases, hospitalizations and deaths, even as Texas has fully opened its economy. These successes are likely to continue as more people are vaccinated each week. It is very important that people continue to be vaccinated, and that this positive momentum not be lost. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Archdiocese of San Antonio has balanced the spiritual needs of the faith community with the serious physical dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic. Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, took swift, measured and appropriate action to protect the people of the archdiocese, and the archdiocese has continued to be vigilant for more than a year. We must still remain vigilant, however, it seems prudent to begin to relax some of the restrictions which reduce the number of parishioners who can participate in the Mass and receive the Eucharist. Beginning Wednesday, March 31, 2021, parishes may open all pews and reduce the social
distancing requirements in the sanctuary from 6 feet to 3 feet. It is to be emphasized that mask usage and thorough facility sanitation are still required in accordance with previous proclamations. Those protocols remain unchanged. Masks must be worn in church.
The archdiocese will continue to evaluate the health situation as more information becomes available and make appropriate changes to our guidelines as circumstances dictate.
https://www.archsa.org/covid-19#updates

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Archdiocesan statement regarding governor’s March 10 executive order and VACCINE information - March 2021
For one year we have been faced with restrictions and other safety measures enacted to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. These have greatly impacted our lives and our ministry as Church.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced that effective March 10, 2021, he would lift the mandate to wear masks in public. He also announced that all businesses could operate at 100 percent of capacity.
San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, has determined, after reviewing the governor’s order, and after seeking advice from health authorities and local civic officials, that all of the safety measures in place at the current time are to be continued throughout the Archdiocese of San Antonio until further notice. This regards the use of face coverings or masks; social distancing; hand washing; and regular use of sanitizing procedures that have been effective in keeping us safe. These will not be changed at this time.
Pastors are asked to continue offering the parish Masses to the faithful via livestreaming or by other video means.
The availability of three options for vaccination against COVID is a positive development. A link to the statement on the archdiocesan website from the USCCB addressing moral concerns about the vaccines follows: https://www.usccb.org/.../us-bishop-chairmen-doctrine-and...
“While Pfizer and Moderna vaccines should be chosen over Johnson and Johnson's where possible, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a statement March 2 that it is "morally acceptable" to receive vaccines when "ethically irreproachable" options are not available.
"Given the world-wide suffering that this pandemic is causing, we affirm again that being vaccinated can be an act of charity that serves the common good," the statement said.
The statement was an update to one released in December that echoed the Vatican's statement, saying that Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were morally acceptable despite their "remote connection to morally compromised cell lines" due to the gravity of the pandemic.”
Declaración de la Arquidiócesis sobre la orden ejecutiva del 10 de marzo del gobernador
Durante un año nos hemos enfrentado a restricciones y otras medidas de seguridad promulgadas para ayudar a prevenir la propagación del coronavirus COVID-19. Estas han tenido un gran impacto en nuestras vidas y nuestro ministerio como Iglesia.
El gobernador de Texas, Greg Abbott, anunció que a partir del 10 de marzo de 2021 levantaría el mandato de usar cubrebocas en público. También anunció que todas las empresas podrían operar al 100 por ciento de su capacidad.
El Arzobispo de San Antonio, Gustavo García Siller, MSpS, ha determinado, después de revisar la orden del gobernador y de buscar el consejo de las autoridades de salud y los funcionarios cívicos locales, que todas las medidas de seguridad vigentes en el momento actual continuarán en toda la Arquidiócesis de San Antonio hasta nuevo aviso. Esto se refiere al uso de mascarillas o cubrebocas; distanciamiento físico; lavarse las manos, y el uso regular de procedimientos de desinfección que han sido efectivos para mantenernos a salvo. Estos no se cambiarán en este momento.
Se pide a los párrocos que continúen ofreciendo las misas parroquiales a los fieles a través de transmisión en vivo o por otros medios de video.
La disponibilidad de tres opciones para la vacunación contra COVID es un avance positivo. A continuación encontrará un enlace del sitio web arquidiocesano a la declaración de la USCCB que aborda las preocupaciones morales sobre las vacunas: https://www.usccb.org/.../us-bishop-chairmen-doctrine-and...
Si bien las vacunas Pfizer y Moderna deben elegirse sobre la de Johnson y Johnson siempre que sea posible, la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de EE.UU. dijo en un comunicado el 2 de marzo que es “moralmente aceptable” recibir vacunas cuando las opciones “éticamente irreprochables” no están disponibles.
“Dado el sufrimiento mundial que está causando esta pandemia, reafirmamos que vacunarse puede ser un acto de caridad que sirve al bien común”, dijo el comunicado.
La declaración fue una actualización de otra publicada en diciembre que se hizo eco de la declaración del Vaticano, diciendo que debido a la gravedad de la pandemia las vacunas Pfizer y Moderna son moralmente aceptables a pesar de su “conexión remota con líneas celulares moralmente comprometidas”.

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A Message from our Pastor - November 2020
As our parish prepares for Advent and Christmas in these uncertain times of COVID-19, I invite all my parishioners and friends to call me if you are in need of sacramental or pastoral assistance. My parish and staff are here to help in any way we can. I made a similar appeal in the early weeks of COVID-19 and am only willing and able to do the same again. Remembering too on this Veteran Day our service men and women in uniform, living and deceased. Please call 2104164516 for the required and necessary assistance. - Fr. Francis McHugh, Pastor St. Joseph Honey Creek

Parish Update - June 3, 2020
Thank you all for making your reservations for the weekend Mass. These reservations allow us to ensure the social distancing required for everyone’s safety. The online reservation form is available every Monday, so please preregister each week. If difficulties arise, please call the parish office for assistance.
https://stjoseph-honeycreek.org/
We also thank you for following the required guidelines for all Mass attendees.
· Wash hands thoroughly before coming to the Church.
· Everyone aged 10 and over must wear a face mask before entering the Church and throughout the Mass.
· Always maintain 6 feet between you and others.
· Follow the instructions of the ushers as you enter and leave the Church.
· There will be NO congregating in the gathering space at any time.
· Communion will be given in the hand only.

As a reminder, the dispensation of all Catholics from the obligation to participate in the Mass on Sundays remains in effect until repealed.
We highly encourage those who are vulnerable, such as people with underlying medical conditions to continue to participate in Mass via live stream. The Sunday Mass is live streamed at 10am weekly and can be found here https://stjoseph-honeycreek.org/mass-live-stream

Lastly, we humbly thank you for your continued tithing. Your offerings help support St. Joseph Catholic Church– Honey Creek during these unique times. We have an easy On-Line Giving option available at https://stjoseph-honeycreek.weshareonline.org/.
Everyone has been so patient and supportive and we ask for your continued prayers for our parish and for all those that have been affected by the Corona Virus.
Peace and blessings to you always.
Please read the full documents from the Archdiocese.
https://www.archsa.org/images/uploads/Decree-Opening-Masses-05-12-20-ENG...
https://www.archsa.org/mass-guidelines
https://www.archsa.org/images/uploads/Guidelines-for-Reopening-Mass-to-t...

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Parish Update - May 19, 2020
Watch the attached video of Fr. Francis answering some important questions regarding the Mass attendance guidelines on our Youtube page
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAkbVQtT8JQ

Parish Update - May 15, 2020
Dear Parishioners,
It is with great joy that we are preparing to reopen St. Joseph-Honey Creek to the public for Mass. The PUBLIC daily Mass will begin on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 in the Main Church following the directives and regulations set forth by the Archdiocese. We will resume our regular Daily Mass schedule:
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 am
Monday, Wednesday 7pm

In addition, Sunday liturgy will resume beginning the weekend of the Feast of The Ascension of the Lord, May 23-24, 2020.
We appreciate your patience as we fine tune the procedures under the recommendations of the health authorities and the Archdiocese. Everyone attending Weekend Mass will need to make a reservation, please see home page for reservation link. Please note, Archbishop Gustavo’s dispensation of all Catholics from the obligation to participate in the Mass on Sundays remains in effect until repealed.

As this time, we ask you to read the following guidelines for all mass attendance to ensure the safety and well-being of all parishioners of St. Joseph Honey Creek.
First and foremost, if you are feeling ill, please stay safe at home. We highly encourage those who are vulnerable, such as the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions to continue to participate in Mass via live stream: find details here www.archsa.org/covid-19#livestreams.

Guidelines for Mass Attendees
• Wash hands thoroughly before coming to the Church.
• Wear a face mask before entering the Church and throughout the Mass.
• Bring hand sanitizer, your own missal or other Mass aids.
• Always maintain 6 feet between you and others.
• Follow the instructions of the ushers and you enter and leave the Church.
• There will be NO congregating in the gathering space at any time.

Please read the full documents from the Archdiocese for additional information.
https://www.archsa.org/images/uploads/Decree-Opening-Masses-05-12-20-ENG...

https://www.archsa.org/mass-guidelines

https://www.archsa.org/images/uploads/Guidelines-for-Reopening-Mass-to-t...

Thank you and may God bless you always.

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Parish Update / COVID-19 - May 1, 2020
We want to update you regarding events at St. Joseph-Honey Creek.
At this time the Decree set forth by Archbishop Gustavo regarding changes impacting parishes in the Archdiocese of San Antonio due to COVID-19 is still in effect until May 18. The Archbishop will be consulting with his staff, and health & civic authorities prior to resumption of the celebration of public liturgies and other activities. When changes occur, we will update you via email and on our website at https://stjoseph-honeycreek.org/.
While we have been working on a modified Parish schedule, we want to let you know we are here for you. We have implemented several ways for you to continue your spiritual journey. Daily live streaming of Mass, Day Chapel availability, social media postings, video conferencing and office staffing, are some of the ways we are here. All phone calls to the parish office are carefully monitored and if you need immediate assistance you may call 210-288-4245. If you would like to schedule a confession,or just speak privately with Fr. Francis about your struggles, concerns, or need special prayers please call 210-416-4516.
As we continue the work of St. Joseph-Honey Creek we must address the financial commitments of the Parish. Please be assured that we have modified our budget so that we are only allocating for essential items. For us to meet our commitments, we graciously ask for your continued tithing. You can do this by using the Parish online system at https://stjoseph-honeycreek.weshareonline.org/, by mailing in your contribution, or by dropping it off at the Parish office. Whatever method you choose, be certain that our Parish is very thankful. If you are unable to contribute at this time because of financial hardship, we pray that any adversity will be lifted from you soon.

Lastly, please be aware that Fr. Francis email has been compromised. If you receive an email from him requesting a favor, gift cards, or money, please DO NOT respond. Fr. Francis will never email or text you to solicit money.

We thank you for your prayers, patience, and understanding. God bless you and your Family.

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Parish Update / COVID-19 - April 17, 2020
Archbishop Gustavo extends to May 18 decree regarding changes impacting parishes in the archdiocese in response to COVID-19
ISSUED: APRIL 16, 2020 Read Full Decree here https://www.archsa.org/images/uploads/4-16-20-Decree-update-English.pdf
Spanish: https://www.archsa.org/images/uploads/4-16-20-Decree-update-Spanish.pdf

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COVID-19 Update - April 9, 2020
Friends,
We have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and continue to observe the recommendations set forth by the Archdiocese and the federal, state, and local officials. Our first priority is the safety of our entire parish family. Public health officials continue to advise social distancing, therefore we will temporarily close the parish office until further notice. All calls to parish office will be closely monitored, and if you need immediate assistance please call 210-288-4245. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause, and we appreciate your support and understanding of this decision.
For now, the Day Chapel will remain open daily from 8:00 a.m.-6:00 pm. We ask all to please be mindful of the 10 person limit while visiting the Day Chapel.
The live stream Daily Mass is available for viewing via our Facebook page, and by clicking the easy link on our parish website https://stjoseph-honeycreek.org/, or directly at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDl6XMt4Rk9MNdWsWVlj32w.

Holy Week Service times are as follows:
Holy Thursday, April 9 - 6:30 p.m.
Good Friday, April 10 - 3:00 p.m.
Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil), April 11 - 6:30 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 12 - 11:00 a.m.

Families in need of picking up a First Communion Preparation packet may now pick them up in the Day chapel. They are at the entryway of the Day chapel and labeled by class meeting time.

We humbly thank you for your continued tithing. Your offerings help support St. Joseph Catholic Church– Honey Creek during these unique times. We have a drop box on the porch of the Cottage/Youth Center located next to the Parish Office for your convenience. We also have an easy On-Line Giving option available at https://stjoseph-honeycreek.weshareonline.org/. Please do not leave your contribution in the Day Chapel.

For up-to-date information please visit our website at https://stjoseph-honeycreek.org/ or call 210-288-4245 with any questions.

Please pray with us:

God of all mercies, grant
To our family, safety and good health:
To those afflicted with COVID-19, swift healing;
To health-care providers, strength and stamina;
To our leaders, wisdom and compassion;
To our nation, unity and purpose;
To the dying, comfort;
To the dead, eternal life;
To all believers, strong faith in You;
To the Church, the gift of service;
To the whole human family, unity of heart; and
To us, your servants, the reward of knowing that we are doing Your will when we spend ourselves in loving service of others. Amen.

With love, Father Francis McHugh

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COVID-19 Update - March 31, 2020
Following the advice of the federal, state, and local officials we have cancelled all activities at St. Joseph Honey Creek until further notice. Because of this, we are unable to offer public Masses at the parish. We would however, like to remind you that our daily mass is available for viewing via Facebook, and posted on this website on the HOMILY link of the Home Page or directly at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDl6XMt4Rk9MNdWsWVlj32w. Our parish Day Chapel is open daily, Monday through Sunday, from 8:00 a.m.-6:00 -p.m. for quiet prayer and reflection. Confessions may be scheduled individually by calling 210-416-4516 for an appointment.
We would also like to update you on the status of Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter, as it will change this year because of the current health emergency. All services will be live streamed, and service times are as follows:
Palm Sunday, April 5 - 11:00 a.m.
Holy Thursday, April 9 - 6:30 p.m.
Good Friday, April 10 - 3:00 p.m.
Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil), April 11 - 6:30 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 12 - 11:00 a.m.

The Easter Triduum (the Mass of the Lord's supper, Liturgy of Good Friday and Easter Vigil) will be live streamed on social media, and we will also have a link available on our parish website. The Palms will be available for pick up in the Day Chapel after they are blessed. We will do our best to keep you updated with the most current information as we receive it.

THANK YOU. We are especially grateful for your prayers and continued tithing. Your offerings help support all that we do at St. Joseph – Honey Creek during these unique times. We could do nothing without your faithful offerings.
We respectfully ask those who want to set up tithing to do so by following this link: https://stjoseph-honeycreek.weshareonline.org/ If you need assistance with this please call the Parish Office at 830-980-2268.
Together, we are the faithful people God calls us to be.

We thank you for your prayers, patience, and understanding. As always you can call the Parish Office if you need information. God bless you and your Family. Please continue to pray for our Parish Family!

Nos gustaría avisarles sobre el Domingo de Ramos y la Semana Santa. En este momento emos cancelado todas las Misas públicas y todas las actividades en la iglesia. Esto es hasta nuevo aviso.
Nuestro plan para el día pascual es transmitir en vivo en las redes sociales, y también tendremos un enlace disponible en nuestro sitio web parroquial. Los horarios son:
Palm Sunday, April 5 - 11:00 a.m.
Holy Thursday, April 9 - 6:30 p.m.
Good Friday, April 10 - 3:00 p.m.
Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil), April 11 - 6:30 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 12 - 11:00 a.m.
Haremos todo lo posible para mantenerlos con la información lo más pronto posible. Pedimos nuevamente sus oraciones por todos aquellos que están luchando durante estos tiempos difíciles.

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COVID-19 Update - UPDATE March 23, 2020
During these uncertain times, we want you to know there is a plan in place that will provide for the spiritual needs of our community, as well as the continuation of operations for our Parish. Online Masses, video conferencing, web site and Facebook postings and Adoration in the Chapel. Difficult decisions have been made, and out of an abundance of concern we have now canceled the Daily Mass in addition to the weekend Mass.
Effective Monday March 23, we will have Eucharistic Adoration in the Day Chapel on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 8am – 6pm. The Day Chapel will also be open the rest of the week including Saturday and Sunday from 8am – 6pm for private prayer. Confessions are available by appointment, please call 210-416-4516 for assistance. We plan to have a daily recorded Mass available to you beginning Monday, March 23. The link will be posted on our website at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDl6XMt4Rk9MNdWsWVlj32w
Lastly, please note our temporary parish office hours of Monday – Friday, 8am- 2pm
We thank you for your prayers, patience, and understanding. As always you can call the Parish Office if you need information. God bless you and your Family. Please continue to pray for our Parish Family!

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COVID-19 Update - UPDATE March 16, 2020
Dear St. Joseph Honey Creek Families,

We thank you for your prayers, patience, and understanding. These are difficult times and the well-being of our entire community is at the forefront of our thinking.

During the month of MARCH:

  • All weekend Masses are cancelled
  • All Stations of the Cross are canceled
  • All Fish Frys are canceled
  • All Faith Formation classes (Preschool-adult) are canceled
  • The evening Mass for the Feast Day of St. Joseph on March 19 will be canceled.
  • All non-essential Ministry meetings are canceled.
  • The Parish Reconciliation Service on April 2 will be canceled.

At this time, the following is available:

  • Eucharistic Adoration will continue as scheduled in the Day Chapel on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • Daily Mass will continue, but will be moved to the Main Church at 8:00 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and at 7:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.
  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available BEFORE Daily Mass in the Main Church: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays from 7:00 a.m.-7:45a.m. and on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m.-6:45 p.m.

More information regarding event cancellations will be provided as it becomes available.

We also respectfully ask all our parish family to continue tithing by using the on-line giving website at https://stjoseph-honeycreek.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/SundayOffertory/donate?fbclid=IwAR2rjpuT3TfnfPFqnTXpXl1VZrGxoriK5Q7nSF5bAJe-eJtVQ8LZvK9auJ8. In addition, you may continue to use your envelopes and you can either mail them to the parish office, or drop them in the key drop box located on the porch of the Cottage/St. Philip Neri Youth Center.

In the absence of full and active and conscious participation in the Eucharist, I encourage all of you to make a Spiritual Communion today and in the weekends that lie ahead.

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Dear St. Joseph-Honey Creek Families,

Due to the information regarding the control and prevention of COVID-19, Archbishop Gustavo has sent forth the following information in the attached Decree:

The Sunday Mass obligation is hereby dispensed for all Catholics effective immediately. Public weekend Masses in parishes and other chapels shall be suspended starting this weekend of March 14-15, 2020.
Archbishop Gustavo will make a determination with archdiocesan leadership, health officials and civil authorities regarding extending any of the above by March 31, 2020.

At this time, Daily Mass and Adoration will continue as scheduled at St. Joseph.

Please also be advised that out of concern for the health and safety of our parish families, all Faith Formation Classes (preschool through adult) are canceled through March 31, 2020. We will update all concerns as new information is available from the Archdiocese.

Please read the full Decree from Archbishop Gustavo:https://www.archsa.org/images/uploads/Archbishop_Gustavo_issues_decree_regarding_changes_impacting_Catholic_parishes_and_school_in_the_archdiocese_in_response_to_COVID-19_%28English_and_Spanish%29.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3kViO7ZKQyw-1VC1hbSzuv0pGHSSVVH8bB44zkQCGTB5E1KTu985f8IBQ

Fondly Yours,
Fr. Francis McHugh

To Sue Torres and Rose Mendez and Imelda Quiroz and Charles Noll.:
Thank you all for this long day of working through messages and texts and emails in our discernment to handle all the tragic intricacies of COVID 19. I have no doubt that the Lord is in charge as we try to recalibrate the designs of this fragile and uncertain world. You are an integral part of an amazing administrative staff
Fr. Francis McHugh