We are saddened to inform you that Father Tony tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday evening, Saturday, Oct. 2.
We understand this may be concerning news, especially to parishioners who celebrated the sacrament of reconciliation with him or attended Mass yesterday afternoon. Please know he had no indication he was positive for the coronavirus at that time. He does not believe anyone who celebrated the sacrament of reconciliation or attended Mass is considered a close contact. The CDC defines a close contact as being within six feet of the individual for 15 minutes or more within 24 hoursin the two days before their symptoms showed up or before they went for a test. Parishioners do not need to quarantine due to a possible exposure; however, they are encouraged to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms over the next 14 days.
Father Danny has been fully vaccinated and will remain available to take care of your pastoral and spiritual needs. He does not need to quarantine unless he becomes symptomatic. The parish office remains open to serve you.
We share this news in our effort to be fully transparent with you. We care about all of you, and our primary goal is to keep you healthy and whole in body and spirit. This news should reinforce our vigilance of following all parish and CDC recommendations, including staying home if you are sick, maintaining proper social distancing, and washing your hands regularly.
We are working with the Kent County Health Department and will continue to work to provide the safest environment possible for our parish community. As we move through this pandemic, we will continue to be diligent with communication and awareness. Let us pray for everyone suffering from COVID-19, our health care workers and public health officials, and each other as we come together in hope that this virus will one day pass.
Please come and share your talents with your Parish Family! We will be in Newminster Hall to show you all the ways you can help and contribute to St. Robert of Newminster. Everyone has talents to share with others.
Masks strongly recommended during Masses and other indoor public gatherings in our churches:
As of today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has classified the risk level for all but one county in the diocese (Osceola) as ‘substantial’ or ‘high’ in terms of community transmission of COVID-19. In either classification, the CDC recommends that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask in public indoor settings. [View data here]
It is strongly recommended that parishioners and guests wear a mask during Masses and other indoor public gatherings in our churches.
Decisions on specific COVID-19 mitigation strategies for each parish remain with the pastor at this time.
Parishioners also are strongly encouraged to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, if able. [For resources addressing moral and ethical concerns, please see the March 5th update below]
April 2 Good Friday Service – 1 pm in the Main Church – Reservations required via SignUp Genius – streamed April 3 Holy Saturday:
Easter Vigil – 9 pm – Main Church – Reservations required via SignUp Genius April 4 Easter Sunday: Masses at 7:30 am, 9 am; 11 am* streamed; NO 6PM MASS ON EASTER
All Easter Masses require reservations via SignUp Genius.
WOMEN ALIVE EVENT! Take time to enter into the stillness this Advent season and welcome Christ more deeply into your heart. Light a candle, pour a glass of wine or brew a cup of tea, and join us for Simply Still on Tuesday, December 15, at 7:00 p.m. via live stream.
How are you preparing to welcome Jesus more deeply into your heart and life this Christmas?
Join the St. Robert’s parish community in A Journey through Advent with music from The Vigil Project,reflections by Fr. Dave Pivonka TOR, and a devotional companion booklet to help you celebrate Advent and Christmas in a deeper way.
Advent & Christmas Reflection Booklet
Reflection questions for each week of Advent
Music by The Vigil Project
5 Talks by Fr Dave Pivonka TOR
Code to access Digital Download
Digital Download Card (if you just want online
Code to access music, talks, and Advent & Christmas Reflection Booklet online
You are invited to watch this intro welcome video about the program!
Contact Teri Burns, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions or would like to obtain access to the digital download even if you are unable to attend Mass.