My dear brothers and sisters of St. Gregory Nazianzen,
I hope that this letter finds you and your family well. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it would be an understatement to say that these past few months have been difficult for all of us. Despite this, I would like to share some good news with you now.
According to Archbishop José Gomez, the earliest that parishes can begin Masses is June 3. However, Masses can only resume with the permission of the Archdiocese by submitting a multi-phase plan for carefully reopening the parish. Such preparation requires a lot of time and necessary items to be obtained before we can reopen. Although we cannot immediately begin June 3, we are looking to reopen within a few weeks after that. We will notify you of the date soon.
Understandably, everyone is eager to begin Masses, but before we can gather together again we ask for your consideration and cooperation. After consultation with the Archdiocese, we will have a new Sunday Mass Schedule for June that provides enough time with parking, proper social distancing, sanitizing, and procedures for entering and exiting.
Please note that the following will apply in June:
- New Sunday Mass Schedule: 7:00am (Korean), 9:00am (Korean), 11:00am (English), 1:00pm (Spanish), 7:30pm (Korean).
- Mass attendance will be limited to approximately 70 people only (face coverings are required).
- People over 65 years of age, young children, and those who are pregnant or ill are encouraged to stay home.
- Everyone in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is not obligated to attend Sunday Mass. Archbishop José has dispensed us from this obligation until further notice.
- All ministry/prayer meetings, group gatherings, and food sales are still prohibited.
Once our reopening plan has been approved, we will notify you with the exact reopening date and further details. Thank you again for your understanding and patience during this time.
May God Bless you and keep you safe,
Fr. Augustine Chang