Tuesday, July 28 – Wednesday, August 5, 2020
7:30 p.m. Mass nightly Church of Our Lady of the Snows
With Mary, On Holy Pilgrimage
Tuesday, July 28: Accepting God’s Call in Our Lives
Presider: Fr. Nicholas Junker
Director of Vocations, Diocese of Belleville
Wednesday, July 29: God Resting in Us
Presider: Fr. Raul Salas, OMI
Associate Director and Director of Hispanic Ministry
Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows
Thursday, July 30: Echoing Mary’s Magnificat in Our Lives
Presider: Rev. Msgr. William Hitpas
Pastor, St. Nicholas Catholic Church, O’Fallon, IL
Friday, July 31: Shining Light into Our Darkness
Presider: Fr. Juan Gaspar, OMI
Director of Formation
Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate
Saturday, August 1: Healing in a Place of Pain and Suffering
(includes Anointing of the Sick)
Presider: Fr. Salvador Gonzalez, OMI
Director, Kings House Retreat Center, Belleville, IL
Sunday, August 2: Receiving Gladness in Place of Mourning
Presider: Very Rev. Louis Studer, OMI
Provincial, United States Province,
Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate
Monday, August 3: Reconciling Our Impatience and Critical Nature
Presider: His Excellency, The Most Reverende Michael McGovern
Homilist: Rev. Tom Singer, OMI
Tuesday, August 4: Healing Our Lack of Faith
Presider: Rev. David Kalert, OMI
Wednesday, August 5: Fulfilling Our Baptismal Promises
(Feast of Our Lady of the Snows)
Presider: Fr. David Uribe, OMI
Director, Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows
Our Blessed Mother continues to be a model of great faith, a woman who accepted God’s will in her life despite the many trials and challenges, despite times of great uncertainty and great sorrow. This year alone has given us many challenges, uncertainty and sorrows. Join us for these nine special nights of prayer, and find hope knowing that despite all of the obstacles and pain Mary endured, God was always with her, as God remains with us.
All nine Novena Masses will be livestreamed and recorded.
Each evening will close with praying the rosary as a community, but no outdoor procession with the statue of Our Lady will take place.
COVID-19 restrictions allow only a limited number of people to attend Mass. Registration is required to attend, and all attendees over age 2 MUST wear face coverings (we apologize, but no exceptions can be made – if you are unable to wear a mask, please participate via live stream for your safety and that of others). Online registration can be found here: snows.org/events-2/healing-and-hope-novena/
No congregational singing is allowed at this time – but a worship aid for each Mass will be available for reference online at snows.org along with the livestream/recording link for silent participation in church or full participation from home.
For more information, please contact Heather Miller, Coordinator of Music and Liturgy,firstname.lastname@example.org or (618) 394-6276.
To attend Novena Masses in person, please register here and agree to the safety procedures presented: snows.org/events-2/healing-and-hope-novena/
YOU MUST REVIEW AND AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES PUT FORTH BY THE BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF BELLEVILLE BEFORE ATTENDING LITURGIES – NO EXCEPTIONS:
- Masks are required for every person over 2 years of age – there can be NO ADMITTANCE WITHOUT A FACE COVERING. Masks must stay on the entire time you are in the building, with the brief exception of receiving Communion. You must provide face coverings for yourselves and children, none will be provided.
- Please enter the church through the center front doors, which will be propped open for reducing contact. All other doors will only be used in case of an emergency. Remember to maintain six feet of distance from those outside of your household.
- Please sanitize your hands upon entering the building, then check-in with a staff member to confirm your reservation.
- Ushers will lead you to your seat in the church, and once there you should make every effort to remain seated there throughout the Mass. Pews and chairs are set for specific required social distancing as well as allowing seating up to the maximum people allowed. You may not request a specific place to sit; however we offer accommodations to those with limitations or disabilities to the best of our ability.
- Water fountains and holy water are not available at this time.
- You will be responsible for maintaining social distance when using restrooms; if possible maintain one person or one household only occupying the restroom at a time. You must wash your hands thoroughly and sanitize them before re-entering the sanctuary.
- A physical Sign of Peace may be shared among family members, but there should be no physical contact with those outside of your household.
- The Eucharist (under one species) will be distributed to each communicant within the pews – you will not come forward to receive Communion. The Eucharist must be received in your hands, no exceptions, and just prior to receiving, a staff member will spray sanitizer into your hands.
- At the end of Mass, please remain seated until you are released by ushers.
- There will be no entrance or offertory procession, and no collection taken during Mass. However, your financial help is crucial for the Shrine to continue to offer liturgies, and we greatly appreciate you making a contribution in the collection receptacle near the church entrance.
- You must exit the church building immediately following Mass; however you may greet each other outside, keeping at least 20 feet away from the church doors, and maintaining use of masks and social distancing.
- The Shrine staff have a strict protocol of sanitizing the entire church before and after its use; we appreciate your cooperation in clearing the building quickly so the disinfection process can begin promptly.
Thank you for following these procedures to safeguard your health
and the health of your family in faith!