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From the desk of Fr. Speier 

Dear Parishioners,

I hope that all of you will take advantage of the FORMED program that has now been established in both of our parishes. This program gives a vast amount of choices for individuals and families. It is a great opportunity for individuals to gather and learn and share thoughts concerning your faith. 

As I have said before all you need is a computer, iPad, smart phone, or smart TV to begin your experience. Both Deacon Tom Soper and Deacon Ron Plenzler did a fine job in presenting this program to our parishes. I hope many of will take advantage of this opportunity. 

Since we have been in the stages of the pandemic, we have had to do a lot of change to our celebration of the mass and the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. My thanks to all of you for following the procedures we have in place. As of this writing I am not aware of anyone who has come down with the virus by attending mass. I suspect that we will continue to follow our pandemic procedures until the end of the calendar year. 

One of the changes we did make is the location of the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. At St. Catherine of Siena we hear confessions in the St. Dominic Room and at St. Clement confessions are heard in Jaeger Hall. The recommendation from the diocese is that confessions be heard in an open space other than Penance Rooms or confessionals. 

You will see that we have chairs set out in the hallway of the Siena Center and the hall of St. Clement School for those waiting to go to confession. If the door to either St. Dominic Room or Jaeger Hall is open please come in. I would ask that you close the door as you come into the room and leave it open as we exit either room. After each person leaves the confession space, we sanitize the chairs or kneelers for the next person to come in. Please give us a minute or two to complete this process. 

Due to the fact that we have moved the place for celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation the former penance rooms are not in use. When we go back to normal practices, I am hoping that at least one of the former penance spaces will be back in use. 

At St. Catherine of Siena we have taken one of the former confessional spaces and have turned into our new penance room. It is almost completed but will be ready for use soon. At St. Clement I am hoping that the penance room will have some updating. The last time it was updated was in the 1970’s. I know because I was the one responsible for that remodel. It brings back many memories but it is time to freshen that space up.