The governor’s office sent us a reminder on Thursday calling our attention to the rapid rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the state of Alaska and reminding us of the importance of taking measures to prevent the spread of the virus. We will do our part here at this parish. This pandemic is far from over, and we in the Church must renew our efforts to keep each other as safe as we reasonably can.
I and my brother priests and pastors throughout the Archdiocese are doing what we can to keep our parishes open, and we will continue to do so as long as we are able. But let’s please rededicate ourselves to our efforts to keep a safe distance, wear cloth masks that cover the mouth and nose, and avoid all physical contact with people from outside our immediate family/household. Over the past few weeks we have grown lax in our attention to these measures. The situation is very serious and to avoid the possibility of reclosing the parish we must take these efforts seriously.
If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 or other illnesses, STAY HOME! Please remember that the obligation to attend Sunday mass is still suspended by our Archbishop until further notice. We will continue to live stream masses and other parish events on our Facebook page, with the live stream on a video screen in the parish hall at both masses each weekend. This an extraordinary situation, and there are ways to keep the Sabbath holy without attending mass.
The obligation to wear masks at the Saturday evening mass remains in place, and masks are urged at the Sunday morning mass in the strongest possible terms. Please receive communion only in the hand. If you insist on receiving communion orally, please do so only after those who have received it in the hand so that proper sanitizing can take place.
Since every situation is unique, it is up to each of us to discern and control how much risk we expose ourselves and others to. Remember that there are many elderly and vulnerable people in our community. We must respect their safety first.
Many of you have not been to the parish in many weeks or even months. I know it is hard for everyone and it is likely to continue for some time longer. Let’s do our best to continue to be a community of faith, hope, and charity as much as we can in this situation. As always, God will bring good things from this time of difficulty.
Fr. Patrick Brosamer
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Soldotna, AK
Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Kenai, AK
CHURCH NOW OPEN FOR MASS
Our Lady of Perpetual Help is now open for mass at the usual times for daily and Sunday masses. We will offer mass at 4:30PM Saturday and 9:30AM Sunday. We will also offer mass on Monday through Friday at 12:05PM.
Let’s remember that everything is not back to normal. The virus is still active in the area and is infecting people. Let's be sure that we keep each other as safe as possible by doing the following:
- Many of our parishioners are elderly or otherwise at risk. Consequently we will ask that all parishioners wear cloth masks that cover the mouth and nose for the duration of their time in the church.
At the 4:30 PM Saturday mass masks WILL BE REQUIRED of all parishioners. At the 9:30 AM Sunday mass masks WILL BE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. We have a limited number of face masks available here at the church for those who do not have their own already.
Please observe social distancing by staying six feet away from all people who live in different houses from yourself. The pews are marked with crosses designating six feet distances. Please obey all ushers directing overflow traffic into the parish hall, where you can follow the mass on Facebook live on your phone or device. Please enter only through the front entrance and exit only through the marked side exits.
Communion will be offered at the end of the mass and under the form of the Precious Body only, with no cup. We strongly request that all receive the Blessed Sacrament in the hand. If you wish to receive on the tongue, please wait until after those who receive in the hand have done so.
Thank you for cooperating with our efforts to keep our at-risk populations safe. Welcome back!
Fr. Patrick Brosamer
Welcome to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
We are very pleased you wish to join our Catholic parish. As a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help you are assured of our prayers and our support. Our parish has been encouraging stewardship. God has gifted each of us and He wants us to share those gifts with others. In gratitude for all God's love and goodness, we try to share our time, talent and treasure with our families, our church and our community. And Jesus calls us to reach out across the world. How is God calling you to share your gifts? We should ask ourselves this question each day. Please help us to get to know you as you get to know us by becoming involved in your new parish.
Parish Mission Statement
We, the faith community, accept the call of God to
participate in the mission of Jesus Christ by Proclaiming
the Gospel and living the reign of God among us as
• Reconciliation 3:45 pm - 4:15 pm
• Mass at 4:30 pm
• Mass at 9:30 am