Page updated June 15th, 2020 at 11:59am
Our Lady of Peace Parish Information on Shelter-In Measures
Monday June 15th will be 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
During this time, you can still follow along with live-streamed & recorded Masses and prayer devotions from our media pages (see below).
Daily Devotions (live-streamed to both Facebook and Youtube):
11am Holy Hour
3pm Divine Mercy Chaplet
Mass at OLOP (live-streamed to both Facebook and Youtube):
8:00am English Mass from Monday to Saturday
6:30am English Mass on Sunday
8:00am Spanish Mass on Sunday
St. Anthony Novena only – 6pm on Tuesdays
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena only – 6pm on Wednesdays
First Friday Mass (located in the parking lot) & All-Night Adoration – 7:00pm on First Friday
Calendar of Daily Readings:
List of Diocese of San Jose Mass livestreams:
For individual confession during our normal confession times, please locate one our priests or sisters outside to arrange. These confessions will take place outside, 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
- 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.
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.
Mass Intention request requirements:
- Donation of $10 per Mass
- Up to two (2) separate Masses that do not occur in the same week may be requested
- Each Mass may only have 2 intentions with a limit of 25 characters (including spaces) per Mass request.
- No changes can be made once the requests have been placed into the calendar.
- No holds or reservations will be accepted. No exceptions can be made.
In order to request a Mass Intention during this shelter-in time, please carefully follow the steps below:
- First, please send an email with your full name, phone number, Mass Intention request text (limit 25 characters), and preferred date/time to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Once the email is received, our staff will look through the calendar for availability. Until the intention request is finalized by a confirmation reply email from our staff, the intention is not considered entered in the calendar.
- If there is a time conflict with the requested date/time, our staff member will call you from a private number to arrange an alternative date and time. You will also receive a call if there are any changes needed to the request.
- The confirmation email will give a link indicating how to submit your Mass Intention request donation online.
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!
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/
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.
More Catholic Livestreams
Mass, Divine Office, Rosary, and more with the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist:
Stations of the Cross:
Live Streamed Eucharistic Adoration:
Where to watch more Mass Livestreams
For assistance with food, rent, or other needs:
St. Vincent de Paul Council Number: 408-249-2853
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.
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.”