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Page updated July 20th, 2020 at 4:11pm


Our Lady of Peace Parish Information on Shelter-In Measures

Monday June 15th was  the official day for re-opening for public worship at Our Lady of Peace and all other churches in the Diocese of San Jose. The highest priority is to bring people back to public worship and to be able to receive Holy Communion, but not to the exclusion of the safety and health of the individual worshiper. The health and the common good of all people are priorities. There must be proper safeguards to prevent infection. Consequently, there will be limitations imposed on practices and procedures that have been normative in the past.

  1. The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days continues to be dispensed. No one is obliged or pressured to come back to church. Even though we are resuming public liturgies, you should evaluate your own circumstances in determining if it is prudent for you to attend Mass right now.
  2. Those in high-risk categories should seriously consider staying at home for the time being. This is defined as persons over the age of 65 years and those with underlying health conditions or compromised immune systems.
  3. During this first phase, the locations of worship will be the courtyard area outside the church (near smaller statue of Mary) and the big parking lot behind the Church. Since, we will be using the big parking lot for Mass (to allow for a greater number of participants in the Mass) it will NO longer be available for general parking. Please use the other parking lots when visiting the Shrine or coming for Adoration or Confession.

Attend Mass at Our Lady of Peace in person!

Please go to this page: www.olop-shrine.org/about-us/mass-confession-times for more information on the Mass & Confession schedule and precautions needed for attending these courtyard & parking lot Masses.

Follow along with online devotions!

During this time, you can still follow along with live-streamed & recorded Masses and prayer devotions from our media pages (see below).

Prayers & Devotions (live-streamed to both Facebook and Youtube):

  • 11am Monday to Saturday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
  • 11am Tuesday Priest-Led Holy Hour: Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy & Benediction
  • 6pm Weekly Novena of St. Anthony on Tuesdays
  • 6pm Weekly Novena of Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Wednesdays

Mass at OLOP (live-streamed to both Facebook and Youtube):

  • 8am Monday to Saturday Daily Mass
  • 9am Sunday online English Mass
  • 11am Domingo online Misa en Español
  

Calendar of Daily Readings:
http://www.usccb.org/calendar/index.cfm?showLit=1&action=month

List of Diocese of San Jose Mass livestreams:
www.dsj.org/vlog/live-stream-video-mass-list/

Confessions

These confessions will take place outside next to the rectory building, not in the confessions of the side hall. Thank you!

  • Monday to Friday: 8:00am, 12:00noon, 5:15pm
  • Saturday: 8:00am, 3:30pm through the 7:00pm Mass
  • Sunday: during each of the Sunday Masses

Adoration

  • We have the great joy of opening the church for Eucharistic Adoration once again!
  • A few important points of note:
    • There will be a 10 person limit. Please be aware of this while you are present.
    • We ask that you be mindful of your time and courteous of others who may want to join in prayer at a given time.
    • Most of the church pews will be roped off and some will remain open. Please only use the pews that are open to sit, kneel and pray in.

Staff or volunteers will come through periodically to sanitize, so please be respectful of this need to maintain a safe environment for worship.

Shrine

You are welcome to visit the shrine and pray outdoors! For your safety and the safety of others, please try to remain at least 6 feet apart from others and cover all sneezes and coughs. Additional guidelines on dealing with the spread of the virus is linked below.

Mass Intention Requests

Although the parish office is closed to drop-in visitors, we have instituted a temporary process to accept and process Mass Intention requests via email. The normal Mass Intention guidelines listed below still apply, including the 25 character limit.

Please go to www.olop-shrine.org/mass-intentions-requests/ for more information and the steps to submit a Mass intention request.

Contributions

Please consider utilizing our online giving during this time in which the normal Sunday collection is not presently taking place in the pews. We encourage you to continue your weekly ongoing contributions and support our parish by clicking HERE to set up online donations. Thank you for your support!


Diocesan Information

For more updated information on the Diocese’s statements on the precautions being taken in response to the COVID-19 virus, please see www.dsj.org/coronavirus/

Diocese information on dealing with the spread of the virus is available HERE

List of Mass livestreams: www.dsj.org/vlog/live-stream-video-mass-list/


Resources

SANTA CLARA City Programs and Services
Senior Programs & Services
Through the Santa Clara Senior Center, a limited number of part-time case managers are available to provide support to seniors who need this service. The senior nutrition program is also providing in person and to-go lunches to seniors who order them from the center and can pick them up from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. To request either of these services, call the Senior Center’s Front Desk at 408-615-3170. The County is in process of developing additional services. This information will be shared once announced by the County.

Silicon Valley Strong

More Catholic Livestreams

Daily Mass:
https://www.ewtn.com/

Mass, Divine Office, Rosary, and more with the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxomM8S2lPSFdevlZprCK3A/videos?view_as=subscriber&fbclid=IwAR1MnE-FsZ4DAhN2FeTizmsvp2EG7QQPG37P1_SpaV8AA4QullnVVmByDto

Stations of the Cross:
stations.wordonfire.org/reflections

Live Streamed Eucharistic Adoration:
https://www.ewtn.co.uk/live/adoration

Where to watch more Mass Livestreams
www.heartofthenation.org/where-to-watch

For assistance with food, rent, or other needs:

St. Vincent de Paul Council Number: 408-249-2853

Parish Conferences

Public Defender – Santa Clara County Community Resource Guide

Santa Clara County Financial Assistance Program

Prayer Resources

Vatican Grants Emergency Plenary Indulgence for Divine Mercy Chaplet

Spiritual Communion

My Jesus,
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

What is a Spiritual Communion?

St. Thomas Aquinas once defined Spiritual Communion as “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament and in lovingly embracing Him as if we had actually received Him.” You just need to approach Him with sincerity, humility and a desire to follow in His footsteps in acts of faith and charity. St. Jean-Marie Vianney, a French priest famous for converting countless souls to Christ in his parish of Ars in the 19th century, once said “when we feel the love of God growing cold, let us instantly make a Spiritual Communion. When we cannot go to the church, let us turn towards the tabernacle; no wall can shut us out from the good God.”