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Tehachapi, CA 93561, on the corner of Mill and E street.
Our Bishop Joseph Brennan has written a letter to the Diocese of Fresno. We are called to prayer and petition in this special time from September 14th through October 23rd. I would like us to be able to do the requested 40 hours of Eucharistic Adoration in October comprising of 10 days, 4 hours each day in the Church. We are allowed 10 adorers in the Church at a time. God Bless, Fr Mark
Who Is the Month of August Dedicated To?
Traditionally, each month is dedicated to some major aspect of our faith such as the Precious Blood, St. Joseph, the Holy Name of Jesus and the Poor Souls. August has its major dedication too.
We know that traditionally May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. October to the Holy Rosary, and Our Lady of the Rosary. Now it’s time to also remember something little realized or often forgotten. August is the month traditionally dedicated by to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
In fact, August once saw the celebration of the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In 1944 Venerable Pope Pius XII set this feast to be celebrated on Aug. 22 as the Octave of the Assumption. Two years earlier he had consecrated the Christian family and whole human race to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the 25thanniversary of the Fatima apparitions.
Then in 1969, St. Pope Paul VI moved the date to the Saturday after the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (celebrated on the Friday before; the celebrations are next to each other). It means the Immaculate Heart of Mary feast falls on the third Saturday after Pentecost.
For the record, August still has three Marian feasts —the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major (also remembering Our Lady of the Snows) on Aug. 5; the Assumption on Aug. 15; the Queenship of Mary on Aug. 22.
This might seem all rather recent, but well before August came to be dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary she was celebrated as such for centuries. Let’s take a quick peek at a few highlights.
“The real roots of the devotion to Mary’s Heart are in Scripture, where on two occasions reference is made to Mary’s heart by St. Luke,” points out Father Johanm Roten, a Mariologist at the University of Dayton. He refers to Luke 2:19 “Mary treasured all these things and reflected on them in her heart,” and Luke 2:51 “His mother (Mary) meanwhile kept all these things in memory, meaning in her heart.”
He also explained, “The most beautiful biblical text about Mary’s heart is the Magnificat because it reveals to us the wondrous riches of Mary’s humble and regal heart. Her heart sings the praises of God, but it is not a solitary song, my song about the history of my soul, but the Magnificat is the song of the history of salvation for all God’s people.”
Let’s fast forward to the early 15th century and St. Bernardine of Siena who, as Father Roten notes, has the title, the Doctor of the Heart of Mary. “In that Heart he sees, as it were, seven burning furnaces that give rise to seven flames which are the seven acts of love expressed in the seven ‘words’ of Our Lady found in the Gospel.
UPDATE! Due to a mistake in the date of Msgr. Ronald Swett’s funeral in Bakersfield we will need to change the Mass times this Friday 8/7 and next Friday 8/14. I have changed Friday August 7th and August 14th weekday Mass times from 9:00 am to 7:00 am. This Friday, 7 am Mass will be followed by 1st Friday prayers and Benediction. Sorry for the inconvenience. Please pray for repose for the soul of Msgr. Ronald Swett. God Bless, Fr. Mark
Sunday Masses to resume August 2, 2020.
Outdoor Mass Schedule: 7:00 and 8:30 am English, 10 am Spanish.
A message from Fr. Mark Maxon, Pastor
St. Malachy Catholic Church
I am pleased to announce we will have Masses resuming this weekend. However, as you may have heard Kern County was placed on the California County Data Monitoring list on Tuesday, July 21. Kern County “places of worship”, meaning Churches, were required to close indoor operations beginning Friday, July 24, 2020. I had skipped the weekend of July 25-26 to reopen because of a surge in the COVID 19 cases in the area. We still have a number of cases and ask that we all be very careful in safe distancing, personal protection and sanitization. Under Diocesan directives we are asked to suspend Masses, Liturgical activities and Adoration inside the Church until further notice. Any Mass or Liturgy must be conducted outdoors.
The Diocese has outlined the following directives:
• Outside church Masses can continue if the outside temperature is 90 degrees or under.
• A Maximum of 100 parishioners are allowed at any one Mass gathering- No exceptions.
• Due to the temperature of summer- please have lots of water available.
• Bathrooms must also be open and cleaned regularly after each Mass.
• Face masks are required - No exceptions - (Per previous Diocesan COVID-19 Guide).
• 6- foot distancing is required - No exceptions.
• NO SINGING IS ALLOWED - EVEN OUTSIDE - NO EXCEPTIONS.
• Due to mask requirements please set up a station - side area with water and shade for
persons feeling heat exhaustion or if fainting occurs.
• Congregants are encouraged to bring their own chairs.
• All sacrament Masses are allowed outside - Baptism, Wedding, Funeral - if the proper social distancing and all safety guidelines are adhered to.
• No drive through Masses are allowed.
• Only essential office personnel can come to work at this time.
• The church offices are CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC - NO EXCEPTIONS.
As a result, this 1st Saturday, Sunday and Weekday Masses will be conducted outside in the area North of the Hall underneath the trees in the grassy area. As we are only allowed to say Mass when the temperature is at or below 90 degrees, we will need to change the Sunday Mass schedule. 1st Saturday Mass at 9:00 am with First Saturday Prayers and adoration until 10:20 after the Mass. Sunday Mass schedule starting the weekend of August 1-2 is as follows: Sunday 7:00 am and 8:30 am English, 10:00 am Spanish. We will suspend the Saturday Vigil Mass until temperatures are sufficiently low to be comfortable to celebrate this Mass on a regular basis. Weekday Masses will be Tuesday-Friday at 9:00 am outside. Confession will be Saturday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the Prayer Garden or by appointment.
We will have shade and water, hand sanitizer available on the veranda along the classrooms for those in need. The Diocese encourages parishioners to bring their own chairs, I ask that you provide your own seating and chairs. Please be careful as the area in the grass has some uneven terrain. Bathrooms will be open in the Hall. This may be an inconvenience to some as the sound system will be limited nor live-streaming available. I ask for your consideration and understanding, this is temporary and the Mass and Eucharist will continue. May God bless our Parish community during this time and may this pandemic come to an end through God’s providence and love.
Please pray for me and I will pray for you.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Mark Maxon, Pastor
St. Malachy Catholic Church
The Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if you were already there,
and I unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
(Saint Alphonsus Liguori)
At Your feet, O my Jesus,
I prostrate myself and I offer You
repentance of my contrite heart,
which is humbled in its nothingness
and in Your holy presence.
I adore You in the Sacrament of Your love,
the ineffable Eucharist.
I desire to receive You
into the poor dwelling that my heart offers You.
While waiting for the happiness of sacramental communion,
I wish to possess You in spirit.
Come to me, O my Jesus,
since I, for my part, am coming to You!
May Your love embrace my whole being in life and in death.
I believe in You,
I hope in You,
I love You. Amen.
(Cardinal Rafael Merry del Val)
A message from Fr. Mark Maxon, Pastor
St. Malachy Catholic Church
I am currently under quarantine for the next 10 days or so because of direct exposure to the COVID-19 virus. I was exposed to the virus on Tuesday July 14th after the 5:30 pm Mass. I have been tested and I am awaiting the results. Under Diocesan directives we are asked to suspend Masses, Parish Office activities and Adoration at the Parish until further notice. Hopefully we will be able to resume late next week if I test negative and have no symptoms and that all attendees should use hand sanitizers and wear face masks.
On this Saturday the only Liturgy and Sacraments taking place are the Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults and Children. A Priest from outside our Parish, Fr. Phil Llanos, will preside at the Mass of Christian Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation. We ask only Sponsors, Godparents, RCIA Teachers and immediate family and friends of the Elect be in attendance. Please pray for our newly Baptized and Confirmandi who have worked so hard to prepare themselves for these sacred Sacraments amidst these difficult times.
As a result, Sunday and Weekday Masses are suspended this weekend and next week’s Weekday Masses. I hope to say Mass the following weekend of July 25-26. We will be doing a deep cleaning and disinfection of the Church as well.
As soon as I know of my status I will be letting everyone know.
Please pray for me and I will pray for you.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Mark Maxon, Pastor
St. Malachy Catholic Church
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Sacred Heart of Jesus
Prayer: Most Sweet Jesus
Most sweet Jesus, whose overflowing charity for men is requited by so much forgetfulness, negligence, and contempt, behold us prostrate before you, eager to repair by a special act of homage the cruel indifference and injuries to which your loving Heart is everywhere subjected. Mindful, alas! that we ourselves have had a share in such great indignities, which we now deplore from the depths of our hearts, we humbly ask your pardon and declare our readiness to atone by voluntary expiation, not only for our own personal offenses, but also for the sins of those who, straying far from the path of salvation, refuse in their obstinate infidelity to follow you, their Shepherd and Leader, or, renouncing the promises of their Baptism, have cast off the sweet yoke of your law. We are now resolved to expiate each and every deplorable outrage committed against you; we are determined to make amends
for the manifold offenses against Christian modesty in indecent dress and behavior, for all the foul seductions laid to ensnare the feet of the innocent, for the frequent violations of Sundays and Holy days, and for the shocking blasphemies uttered against you and your Saints. We wish also to make amends for the insults to which your Vicar on earth and your priests are subjected, for the profanation, by conscious neglect or terrible acts of sacrilege, of the very Sacrament of your divine love, and lastly for the public crimes of nations who resist the rights and teaching authority of the Church which you have founded. Would that we were able to wash away such abominations with our blood. We now offer, in reparation for these violations of your divine honor, the satisfaction you once made to your Eternal Father on the cross and which you continue to renew daily on our altars; we offer it
in union with the acts of atonement of your Virgin Mother and all the saints and of the pious faithful on earth; and we sincerely promise to make recompense, as far as we can with the help of your grace, for all neglect of your great love and for the sins we and others have committed in the past. Henceforth, we will live a life of unswerving faith, of purity of conduct, of perfect observance of the precepts of the Gospel and especially that of charity. We promise to the best of our power to prevent others from offending you and to bring as many as possible to follow you. O loving Jesus, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mother, our model in reparation, deign to receive the voluntary offering we make of this act of expiation; and by the crowning gift of perseverance keep us faithful unto death in our duty and the allegiance we owe to you, that we may all one day come to
that happy home, where with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, for ever and ever.
St. Malachy Church has a Faith Community Nurse Ministry. Nurses are available to talk with parishioners regarding health concerns. To speak with a nurse, leave your Name & Phone Number at the church office. Thank you.
If you have OSHA and/or HAZMAT training, (eg. medical, military, etc.) St. Malachy is asking if you are available to assist in educating and monitoring infection control procedures during the reopening of our beloved church. Please contact the Parish Office, 661-822-3060. Thank you
Greetings on Holy Trinity Sunday in the name of our Triune God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We have wonderful news of being able to resume Sunday Mass next weekend June 13th and 14th. Our Mass times are the same: 5:30 pm Saturday Vigil, Sunday 8:00 am and 10 am English, 12 pm Spanish and 2:00 pm Latin Mass. We are limited to 100 people in the Church and have the Hall available for overflow with live streaming of the Mass. We have designated parking spaces on the north side of the Church for those who are at-risk and need to limit exposure to COVID-19 with radio broadcast or internet live streaming. Communion will be distributed in the Hall and parking lot by Eucharistic Ministers. Confessions are available Saturday from 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm in the Prayer Garden west of the Hall (except June 20th at 3:00 - 5:00 pm due to 1st Communions). Weekday Masses will resume this Wednesday 9:00 am, Thursday 5:30 pm, Friday 9:00 am. After next week we will resume regular daily Mass schedules Tuesday-Friday. Adoration hours will change on the week of June 15th from Monday-Friday 10:00 - 2:00 pm to Tuesday-Thursday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Please keep in mind these are guidelines and directives we are called to follow out of Charity of heart for ourselves and others, for the Common Good of all Parishioners and community and to follow our Bishop’s guidance. We will post guidelines and Safety Protocols by posters throughout the Parish facilities.
Here are the guidelines and responsibilities established by the Bishop for Church attendance.
“General Guiding Elements for all in attendance:
1. Parishioners over the age of 65, whose immune system is compromised, or who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 are encouraged to remain at home. The dispensation for Sunday Mass is still in place.
2. All Safe Environment directives apply to the following guidelines.
3. Wash hands thoroughly upon entering and exiting the church building, as well as when entering and exiting the restroom.
4. Wear a Face Mask before entering the church and throughout the Mass.
Children over the age of 11 must wear a Face Mask.
5. Bring hand sanitizer to use as needed. Always maintain six-foot radial distance between you and others.
6. Prepare your donation in an envelope ready to be dropped off before or after Mass.
7. Follow the instructions of the priest and ushers as you enter and exit the church.
8. Distribution of Holy Communion will only be in the hand for the time being. The Precious Blood will not be shared, per our usual guidelines during regular flu season.”
Responsibility, requirements and understanding for attendance for Parishioners:
“As we gradually and cautiously re-open our Churches for public worship in accordance with Governmental directives, please note the following:
The Parish/Mission will take every precaution it can to disinfect these premises and arrange for proper “Social Distancing” to enhance your safety from the corona virus. However, by entering this building all individuals agree to the following:
• To acknowledge that the parish cannot guarantee your safety in attending this worship service or other activity.
• To take all responsibility for your own well-being and health against the Novel Coronavirus and hold the parish and Diocese of Fresno harmless (not liable) since the virus can be spread by those who are asymptomatic (That they show no symptoms of Covid-19).
• To understand that the normal Sunday obligation to attend Mass is currently suspended in the Diocese of Fresno.
• To not attend Mass or other activities, for the common good, if you are vulnerable, ill or afraid of infection or have been in contact with an individual who tested positive or might be infected with Covid-19; but rather to participate by live streaming or other pious devotions.
• To observe proper, “Social Distancing,” of six feet radial distance at all times.
• To follow all instructions given by hospitality ministers, ushers and clergy.
• To wear a Face Mask at all times while on church property.
• To pray for the well-being and health of one another.”
I am truly looking forward to resuming our celebration of the Holy Mass and Sacraments together. This is a time to gather and join together as the People of God. As the Bishop has asked us we really need to pray for the well-being and health of one another. Remember God is calling each and every one of us to know the joy and promise of eternal life to be with God in Heaven. God the Father blesses us and gives us grace as beloved children. Returning back to the Sacraments means we unite ourselves with Jesus Christ as brothers and sisters to receive sacramental grace. May we, St. Malachy Catholic Church, be enlivened in faith by the presence of the Holy Spirit in each of our lives. May the Peace and Love of the Holy Trinity be with you all!!
Yours in Christ,
A letter from Fr. Mark
Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior! May the Joy and Peace of Pentecost enliven your hearts and minds. We celebrate the birth of our Holy Catholic Church on this holy Solemnity.
The Joy of Easter has led to Pentecost the coming of the Holy Spirit to form our Holy Church. We as a Catholic Church are united as the Body of Christ to be faithful witnesses to the Gospel. In this time of waiting and perseverance, our enduring faith has led us through a wilderness journey of faith together with Jesus Christ Our Lord. We need to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church and begin to prepare to gather again in the community of faith, the Body of Christ.
I would like to announce St. Malachy Church is beginning to reopen after waiting for our Diocese of Fresno and Government of California to begin to ease the COVID-19 restrictions. To reiterate for now, we have begun Adoration of Blessed Eucharist on weekdays. Currently, Monday - Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Summer hours for Adoration will be Tuesdays - Thursday 10:00 to 2:00 pm and Fridays 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Due to current guidelines we are restricted to only 10 participants for 30 minutes or longer as space is available. We have the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) available on an appointment basis. Please call the St. Malachy Church Office (661) 822-3060, if interested in Adoration times and for Confession appointments. After Corpus Christi we will open Adoration to more attendees. Confessions will still need to be outside in the Prayer Garden and envision more open hours with one day during the weekday and more hours on Saturday.
At the directive of Bishop Joseph Brennan, we hope to begin Mass and Liturgical services by the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, June 13th and 14th. Due to Government of California guidelines, Mass attendance is restricted to 100 participants in the church proper. However, we will have overflow capacity in McMullan Hall available for live-streamed Mass Services and radio broadcast transmission for those who would like to remain in their cars. We will be updating our website regularly to inform everyone of the ongoing Good News. We will also be calendaring and informing those who will participate in special Liturgies such as: 1st Communions, RCIA and RCIC Rites, Confirmations, Marriages, Baptisms, and Funeral Masses (for those who have died and could not have a Funeral Mass), and a Penance Service with a number of Priests available.
To start back up we will need more volunteers to assist with Liturgy. We will need approximately a minimum of 4 Eucharistic Ministers, 7 Ushers, 1 - 2 Sacristans for each Mass when we use the Church, Hall and parking lot. Please understand all Volunteers will need to be without any of the At-Risk health categories for COVID-19. Some of the basic guidelines (we will publish more specific soon) are: Social distancing of 6 feet and the Bishop has asked us to wear face masks at all times (except upon reception of Holy Communion). Please contact the Office if interested. We are asking for your patience and perseverance in this time.
As a People of God, we live the Easter message of the joy of Our Risen Lord and the joy of Pentecost let us remain steadfast in prayer and participation in the sacramental life. Filled with faith, hope and charity we begin to gather again as a faith community. God Bless you all, Fr. Mark Maxon, Pastor St. Malachy Church
Greetings Parish Family!
St Malachy Catholic Church will have
Eucharistic Adoration, Mon- Fri, 10am - 2pm.
The doors of the Church have opened with the
limited access of 10 Eucharistic adorers at a given
time. (In a family, each child is counted as one).
Face Masks are required at this time. An Adoration
Coordinator will greet you at the west door leading in
from the parking lot. If people are waiting to enter, you
will exit through the east door. Seating for 10 is 6ft
apart. To make a reservation (recommended yet
optional) for a specific time in Adoration please call
the Parish Office @ 661-822-3060
Fr Mark will be resuming Confessions by scheduling
appointments with the Office and scheduling open
Confession times. Also, Parish Office walk-in times
and scheduled appointments with Fr. Mark will
become available soon with announced updates.
Call the Parish Office 661-822-3060.
Check St Malachy's website for updates regularly!
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Veni, Sancte Spiritus
Come, Holy Spirit, come!
And from your celestial home
Shed a ray of light divine!
Come, Father of the poor!
Come, source of all our store!
Come, within our bosoms shine.
You, of comforters the best;
You, the soul’s most welcome guest;
Sweet refreshment here below;
In our labor, rest most sweet;
Grateful coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.
O most blessed Light divine,
Shine within these hearts of yours,
And our inmost being fill!
Where you are not, we have naught,
Nothing good in deed or thought,
Nothing free from taint of ill.
Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour your dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away:
Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.
On the faithful, who adore
And confess you, evermore
In your sevenfold gift descend;
Give them virtue’s sure reward;
Give them your salvation, Lord;
Give them joys that never end. Amen.
A message from Fr. Mark
Hello Parishioners of St. Malachy, the Blessing of Jesus Christ be with you on this Holy Solemnity of the Ascension. I pray all are well and living the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ in this time of separation of our community from being able to gather. Although we have been separated physically we are in communion spiritually as One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Know that you have been in my daily prayers and intercessions especially during my daily masses.
I have some good news. Our Parish Church can start to open with adoration and confessions. This next week I would like to open the Church in a limited access of 10 Eucharistic adorers at a given time. Hours of adoration will be dependent on finding a volunteer coordinator for each hour of Eucharistic adoration and adorers to make a specific time commitment to be present. We can organize this if you call the office (661) 822-3060 to make a reservation. Also, I have been given permission to hear confessions outdoors. I will be available for confessions on an appointment basis. Please call the office for availability. I envision holding confessions in the prayer garden and those waiting will wait in their cars until there is an opening. At the beginning please be patient and allow for those under serious need for confession and for those who have not been to confession for some time to be first in line. Later I will be taking office appointments for spiritual direction, counseling and other specific needs on a one-on-one basis after I have cleared my appointments calendar. Furthermore, at some time soon the office counter entrance will be open for those who need to conduct business with the office, however it will be open for mainly communication and help desk issues. Please remember office social distancing guidelines will be required and it is best to use the phone or email rather than coming in.
Bishop Joseph Brennan wrote a letter to his Pastors and Priests telling us: “... you have been so good in so many ways in the midst of this pandemic. Please know how grateful I am. You have certainly been patient too! I would be less than honest with you, however, if I did not tell you that even more will be required of us in that 'patience department'. We are all anxious to get going again. With that in mind you should know that a DIOCESAN REOPENING TASK FORCE has been up and running for almost two weeks now. We are going over suggestions for protocols and procedures from all kinds of sources, including some of you, which will help in forming our own plan for the Diocese of Fresno. Local conditions and various directives from all eight of the counties in our Diocese are, by necessity, also being reviewed and brought to the table. We will reopen when we can, to the extent that we can, and as soon as we can, responsibly and legally. The current 'Stage' in place for the State of California does not yet provide for major gatherings of people, much less widespread reopening of worship spaces. When reopening does take place there will still be major restrictions and limits that we will be working with, most especially as regards to the number of people allowed to gather in one place. We will provide comprehensive and general guidelines and some mandates to you as soon as possible. When that time comes, we will expect you to apply them to the particular realities and circumstances of your parish or location.” Bishop Brennan further went on to state: “If you have not done so already, consider opening Blessed Sacrament Chapels or your main Sanctuary for the faithful in order for them to make private visits and pray in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Again, keep in mind that as of this writing, we are still limited to gatherings of 10 people or less. To have spaces available for even that limited number of people will require personnel to monitor the space, maintain order and to sanitize the space regularly, that is, after every 'use'. NOTE: No 'organized' or 'Sacramental' gatherings are authorized as of today.”
Slowly yet surely we are beginning to return to community activities within our Parish. Patient endurance is still needed. I am optimistic we will resume Mass soon in the near future, yet there will be new social distancing guidelines we will have to follow. Our Bishop, staff and Diocese is committed to providing for our communal worship and life in faith so we can return to the sacraments. We have journeyed so far these last two months and more will be required. We can do this with Faith in Jesus Christ!! We will be updating you regularly. God Bless You All. Yours in Christ. Fr. Mark
Congratulations to our Pastor, Fr Mark Maxon! Happy 8th Anniversary of your priesthood! Thank you for your faithful service to St. Malachy Catholic Church! We await good times ahead when we can celebrate together once again!
Prayer in time of Pandemic
you always brighten our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the Cross, took part in Jesus’ pain while remaining steadfast in faith.
O loving Mother,
you know what we need,
and we are confident you will provide for us as at Cana in Galilee.
Intercede for us with your Son Jesus,
the Divine Physician,
for those who have fallen ill,
for those who are vulnerable,
and for those who have died. Intercede also for those charged with protecting the health and safety of others and for those who are tending to the sick and seeking a cure.
Help us, O Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who took upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows,
so as to lead us, through the Cross,
to the glory of the Resurrection. Amen.
Under thy protection we seek refuge, O Holy Mother of God.
In our needs, despise not our petitions, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
Adapted from the prayer of Pope Francis.
Here is a posting from Josh Pierce, Adventist Health Tehachapi Hospital. Please support our hospital and let them know how much we appreciate all they do. God Bless, Fr. Mark
I have had several volunteers contact me and ask what they can do to help and support our staff. We have seen acts of kindness from our volunteers by bringing in food from restaurants to support and recognize our staff. I have had questions about making masks for our staff. We are very fortunate to not be in need of masks or other protective equipment as we have a healthy stock of this equipment to protect our staff and take care of our patients in the community. However, if you are looking to do something to support our staff and recognize them, we are accepting notes, cards, letters, and other types of recognition to thank them for their service. The hospital is continuing to pass along all recognition we get from the community to our staff. Attached is a list of our hospital departments if you would like to write thank you cards for any of our healthcare workers. I hope you all have been doing very well and we look forward to having you all back as soon as we can. In the meantime, I am here to support you as much as possible and please feel free to contact me.
Josh Pierce | Manager, Training/Development | Education
Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley | 1100 Magellan Drive | Tehachapi, CA 93561
P: 661-771-8814 |Email: Joshua.Pierce@ah.org | AHTehachapi.org
A message from Fr. Mark, 04/03/20
St. Malachy, like all Catholic parishes, is almost totally dependent on your financial contributions in the Sunday collection to meet our normal obligations, salaries, utilities and all of the monthly bills that we must pay. Your generosity is even more important and needed now even as we are all currently facing financial challenges. I would encourage you to read this important letter from the Head of our Finance Council, Daniel Arnett. As a reminder you can mail in your weekly contribution to: St. Malachy Church, 407 W E St., Tehachapi, CA 93561, drop off at the Parish Office or to utilize the electronic means of contributing found at https://www.osvonlinegiving.com/4799
Thank you for your generosity and commitment to the financial needs of our Parish. May God Bless you abundantly in your giving.
Yours in Christ,
A message from Dan Arnett, 04/03/20
My name is Dan Arnett and I head the Saint Malachy Finance Council. First of all I hope you are all well and staying safe during these difficult times. As you all know the stay at home order has been extended which will make it impossible to celebrate Holy Week at Church. I know not being able to attend Mass is very hard for everyone.
I wanted to address one issue that the extended closure of our Church creates. I know many of you have lost your job or had your hours cut and I am not asking you to put your family finances in more jeopardy. I just wanted to remind everyone that even though we may realize a little savings on utilities, hosts, and things like candles while not having services. The Parish has many fixed costs and unfortunately we still need money to keep our Parish solvent. Without the mass collections our income is down dramatically and if this continues it will eat into our reserves. I ask you to please continue to financially support your Parish during these unprecedented times. The office is closed to the public but you can drop off your tithing at the mail slot located in the double doors on the south side of the Parish Office. Don’t forget you can sign up for the online giving program. You can find more information here on the web site. Keep your families safe during this pandemic and pray for one another.
Thank You and God bless,
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