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St. Malachy Roman Catholic Church is located at 407 West E Street
Tehachapi, CA 93561, on the corner of Mill and E street.
Thanksgiving is a special day of have gratitude in our lives. I pray this day you receive the blessing of God and the grace to know that God is with you always in his love and mercy. Today is a day of national thanksgiving: for the blessings and protection God has given us; for our democratic government and the prosperity we enjoy; for our freedom of speech and religion; and, for the generosity and good will of our people.
I know in this time of the COVID has been hard for us. I believe God will help us through these times. This belief is founded on hope and faith. A hope that leads to thanksgiving and gratitude that we have each other and God. A faith to endure and hold on to our Catholic tradition to find peace and joy in God. It is a special time when from its very beginning, this day calls for us to gather in community such as a family and friends gathering together for a meal or a call, text and communication of a Happy Thanksgiving such as this letter. Why should we be thankful this day? To set time aside and be thankful in humble gratitude for the God being with us in our lives. With gratitude in our hearts the world becomes brighter and more wonderful place.
Thanksgiving Day has a profound religious meaning, because giving thanks is the very heart of our natural and spiritual life. For us as Catholics, the central act of worship is called the Eucharist, a Greek word for Thanksgiving. In the Mass, we give thanks to God through Jesus, and share a sacred meal in which we acknowledge the fact that everything we have comes from God. My prayers are with you all. God Bless, Fr. Mark
A message on the Covid-19 Vaccine.
As you may have heard Kern County had gone back to the Purple Tier in terms of the COVID-19 virus. As a result, we need to adapt to the limitations based on the location and how we celebrate our Liturgies. This pertains to weather, safe distancing and how the Mass and sacraments will be made available. Most important in regarding outside Masses we must take the weather conditions into account as winter is upon us.
The following are directives from the Bishop regarding our Purple Tier designation effective immediately:
This weekend, 11/22, since the weather will be somewhat warm, we are scheduled to have Masses at the same time (8:00, 9:30 am English, 11:00 am Spanish and 1:00 pm Latin) outside and to the east of McMullen Hall. We ask you not to park in parking lot between the Church and McMullen Hall.
The following Sunday Mass on 11/29 and from then on until we resume Mass indoors, I will livestream and broadcast by radio (FM 87.9) the Mass from inside the Church and ask you to remain in your cars. Please bring a laptop, tablet or phone to view the live-streamed Mass on our Parish YouTube Channel. I will end the Mass using the same adaptation we have been doing, Communion Prayer and Final Blessing then Communion distribution. At Communion time we will come outside and distribute communion to each vehicle and occupants. We are working on other options for outside Masses and will keep you informed.
We must follow past guidelines for Purple Tier in regards to safe distancing and wearing masks if we are gathered together outside or in the Church. Everyone has been doing such a fine job, thank you and please continue to do so. The office will be closed without meetings in or outside of office building.
Confessions will remain at the same times (2-4 pm) and location will be inside the Church Vestibule area. Due to occupancy restrictions only 8 persons can be allowed in the Church at a time while the rest remain outside of the Church and enter when someone exits. The Holy Eucharist will be exposed during Confession times.
Adoration on Wednesdays will continue from 10-2 pm with a maximum of 8 person allowed at a time. Weekday Masses will continue at 9:00 am with limitations for 8 persons allowed in the Church. We will have some chairs outside by the Vestibule in the back and also have live-streaming and radio available for those who must remain outside in their vehicles. Communion will be distributed to those outside as well.
We must pray for those who have COVID-19 and their loved ones. We hope to be off the Purple Tier as soon as possible. I will inform you as soon as I know on the status of the locations for Our Lady of Guadalupe and Christmas Masses.
I know this is a lot, but know that Christ is especially with us in this time. We are given special graces as we persevere. I recognize and understand this will be difficult with some inconvenience as we return to more restrictions in our worship and Liturgies but we must pray and endure in these times of the pandemic. You are all in my prayers and intercessions.
God be with you!
Yours in Christ,
We have now transitioned from Red Tier to Purple Tier. Unfortunately we have to announce St Malachy's Saturday 5:00 pm Vigil Mass is suspended beginning this weekend and until further notice when we are able to return indoors. I am sorry for this inconvenience and pray we are able to return to our indoor Masses as soon as possible.
Please note that we will be sending out further communications regarding Sunday Mass and Confessions after we receive directions from our Bishop Joe.
Yours in Christ and God Bless,
Also please pray for Fr Joel who is in the hospital awaiting Heart Surgery.
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by Servant of God, Father John Anthony Hardon, S.J.
Lord Jesus Christ, You told us to give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God. Enlighten the minds of our people in America. May we choose a President of the United States, and other government officials, according to Your Divine Will. Give our citizens the courage to choose leaders of our nation who respect the sanctity of unborn human life, the sanctity of marriage, the sanctity of marital relations, the sanctity of the family, and the sanctity of the aging. Grant us the wisdom to give You, what belongs to You, our God. If we do this, as a nation, we are confident You will give us an abundance of Your blessings through our elected leaders. Amen.
Composed by Father John Anthony Hardon, S.J.
Imprimatur: +Rene H. Gracida, Bishop of Corpus Christi, July 7, 1992
Published by Eternal Life in 1992
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)
Magnificat, Pray with Magnificat during this challenging time.
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.
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.
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