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News & Events
No Masses This Weekend
Please see the August 9 bulletin for information on registration.
Confirmation Candidate and Parent Meeting
Please see the August 9 bulletin for information about the Monday, August 17, 6:00 p.m. meeting.
August 7 Update:
Dear St. Basil Church Community,
If you have been following the news, as I’m sure all of you have, the virus is worst now than it was in March and April when everything came to a halt with businesses closing and Churches no longer able to have services of any kind. The stay-at-home order was issued in order to mitigate the spread of the virus and not overwhelm the health care system. We aren’t doing so well now, but hopefully the measures being taken will get us back on track and keep us there without having to return to Phase 1. You’ve heard it so many times already: face mask, hand washing, physical distancing and doing only necessary trips.
Our prayers and concerns are certainly with our school personnel, children and our parents as schools are trying to open for the Fall. What a challenge for you, our parents, trying to make the best decision possible for your children. As Dr. Fauci has said, the first weeks of them returning will be an experiment to determine if the measures being taken will keep everyone safe. I had already made the decision that our CCD year would not start until after Labor Day to see how the schools were doing their first couple of weeks. LPSB has now made the decision to delay the opening of school until after Labor Day to give more time for the virus to hopefully diminish. Cindy Richardson and I have decided that St. Bail’s CCD year will start on September the 8th as well. The High School Confirmation Candidates will still stay on their schedule to start in August as they are a small group and older. Cindy will be sending out more detailed information concerning our CCD program.
Our children coming for religious instruction to St. Basil will follow all the guidelines and protocols to keep them safe. If the schools are successful in not spreading the virus, then we will move forward as well. If the schools are not successful and need to close, those measures will be taken here as well.
As far as the parking lot update, I had to have a “Come to Jesus” meeting with those professionals involved. I never imagined that I would ever have to wonder if parking would be available on the lot for the start of our CCD year originally scheduled to start August 17th. The meeting worked and there is a frenzy of activity going on today with the curbing going in and electrical work also moving forward. They will be working on the curbing all day tomorrow, Saturday, as well, and even Sunday if necessary. I told them the Christians on the crew could work Saturday, and the Jewish and Muslim crew members could work on Sunday to finish the curb work if necessary. (There is a joke in there somewhere. See if you can find it.) The only thing about Sunday is that concrete may not be able to be delivered so finishing on Monday would be the only option. Then the bull dozier will come in to grade it out for the soil cement to be laid. That will give us a surface to park on and have Masses once again at St. Basil. So we are getting very close. Thanks for your patience. This was a great week of weather and hopefully we can miss the showers next week. Once the soil cement is down, the weather isn’t as critical a factor though is still important.
Let us continue to hold each other in prayer. The 19 year old David Lemaire a former Teurlings Grad who died from COVID-19 was the nephew of Donna Lemaire, the principal of St. Pius Elementary. When his family moved to Lafayette from Alexandria, the children attended St. Pius. So I knew him as a younger child. His death is so heartbreaking.
Love all of you,
Fr. Steve is trying to set up an email database of all St. Basil Parishioners to facilitate communication. This database will not be shared and will be used sparingly to share important information and updates. So please, along with your name, send your email information to email@example.com
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