We are planning to shut down our parish complex as of noon on Thursday. All activities that had been planned or which are routinely scheduled are cancelled until further notice. This means:
+ After the 10:30 a.m. funeral mass and burial on Thursday, the complex will close;
+ There will be the regular parish daily mass at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday;
+ All masses will be cancelled after the funeral mass until further notice;
+ That means: there will be NO WEEKEND MASSES THIS WEEKEND;
+ The Adoration Chapel will be closed beginning at noon on Thursday;
+ The Parish School, following the Brevard County School District decision, will close with the end of classes on Wednesday and remain closed until further notice;
+ We will be awaiting guidance relative to evacuation orders; however, I will be leaving the island with Fr. Heslin to stay at the rectory at the Cathedral of St. James in Orlando until such time as we are permitted to return;
+ Numerous funerals have been rescheduled, remembering that even these dates are tentative:
Attilio Deletto – Friday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m.
Jean Doherty – Friday, Sept. 15, 2 p.m.
Marie Marrs – Saturday, Sept. 23, 1 p.m.
Ella Yasecko – Saturday, Sept. 30, 10:30 a.m.
Donald Strong – Saturday, Nov. 11, 10:30 a.m.
I want to reiterate that closing our site down means that all the usual systems also must be shut down. That means no maintenance services, no water, no a/c, and no electricity. These are measures we take “just in case”. So, the site will not be usable in any fashion. And, given our abundant amount of trees, it will be even more imperative that everyone stay off the site. Hurricane Matthew “cleaned” our trees up beautifully, but that meant a lot of debris all over the place. We probably can expect the same behavior from hurricane Irma. So, for safety’s sake I ask everyone to stay off the property until the “all clear” is given.
All those wonderful folks living on the various islands of the Caribbean are in our prayers; we are accompanying them with full hearts, turning our face to the Lord for and with them. Likewise, we are thinking of so many folks for whom all these preparations are going to place them in very anxious moments. And, of course, we hold in prayer those who will be passing many hours vigilant and available to respond to whatever unforeseen emergency. May the Lord keep them safe.
Let us all now turn our face to the Lord; may we find in him peace and wisdom; may we learn his plan for us to take care of each other, to watch out for each other, to live in sync even with such amazing manifestations of nature as Irma (“St. Francis of Assisi – Be our companion!”); may we all be smart and trust common sense and the guidance of those the Lord has blessed with the talents we count on in such times.