A Message from the Bishop
One of the very important ministries of our Clust is the out reach we do to our two schools in Haiti. We quartley send money to Haiti to pay salaries for both schools. This is a vital outreach to these very poor schools. Please know we have our regular quarterly collection for Haiti at the masses for the weekend of December 12/13. The Cluster account for this ministry is very low. Please consder being generous.
God blee you all for you generosity.
Christmas Card/Tag Make and Take
Christmas Card/Tag make and take in support of our Haiti Mission. We have two days scheduled for this event. 24 October and 14 November from 9am to 12pm at the social hall at Church of the Resurrection. Our own Linda Warren will be teaching us how to make beautiful Christmas Cards and gift tags. All the proceeds will go to the Haiti Ministry which supports the teacher salaries for two schools in the poorest region of Haiti. Please let Theresa Carpenter know which day you are signing up for [email protected] or call 757-484-7335. Thank you for supporting this very important ministry.
The issue that Matters Most
TRUNK OR TREAT
TRUNK OR TREAT: The Cluster will be holding its first Trunk or Treat Night this year on the 31st of October from 7pm - 8:30pm. It will be held in the parking lot of Resurrection. If you are interested in being a Trunk or Treat Car, contact Theresa Carpenter at [email protected] or 757-484-7335. All treats must be pre-packaged, no fruit or homemade products due to the COVID restrictions.
Come dressed as your favorite Saint or Angel. Do some research, there are many unique Saints and Angels. Contest categories will include Adult, Teen and Children. Prizes for best costume will be given. Musci and games, lots of fun. Please come out and support this event so we may have others like it.
Letter from the Bishop to the Faithful
Donations for Oasis
Please feel free to bring donations for Oasis by the Church of the Resurrection. We will make sure they are delivered.
DAILY MASS READINGS
Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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Cluster Parishes App Available
A smart device application for the Cluster Parishes is available for Apple and Android devices. Search for “Parish App” from WeConnect by Liturgical Publications, Inc.
Enter “Cluster Parishes of Portsmouth and Chesapeake” to set your home parish. Be sure to enable messages in your device to receive push notifications, such as changes in Mass times, weather cancellations, or other important information.
THE CLUSTER ON FACEBOOK
You can now keep up with all the goings on at the Cluster on Facebook. Check us out at Cluster Parishes of Portsmouth and Chesapeake Official Group and for youth info check out Cluster Parishes of Portsmouth and Chesapeake Youth Group.
Inclement Weather Policy
In the event of inclement weather, the Cluster Parishes offices may be closed. If the weather or road conditions seem questionable, please call 757-484-7335 to confirm if the offices are open. Your safety is our primary concern.
Confirmation regisition ends this Sunday the 25th. All confirmation students must attend class this Sunday at Resurrection from 5:30 -7:30. If you have questions contact Madre Collins at [email protected] or call at 757-484-7335
Youth Group Students:
We are so excited to kick off our Cluster Youth Group!! We meet every Sunday from 5:30 to 7:30 at Church of the Resurrection in the Social Hall. Please join us for food, faith, and fellowship. Please contact Madre Collins for any questions at [email protected] or call her at 757-484-7335
Over the weekend, IT was alerted to yet another scam email making the rounds. This onr pretends to be from the Biship (via a bogus gmail account: asking for Steam gift cards. Please not that neither the Bishop nor any other Diocesan offical will EVER ask you for gift cards via email. These scams continue to be perpetuated becasue they continue to work. We ask that you do not reply to such emails, click on links within those emails or download content in them. If you receive help request that you think are legitimate, verify that the person is legitimate by calling them directly on another know valid number. Don't ask the emailer for information or a call. Find an offloine method of correspondence that you and that person have used in the past to talk wit each other.
Here is some info from Life Lock to help you be safe https://www.identityprotectionreview.com/articles/phishing-phone-and-email-scams-how-to-keep-your-identity-protected
Dear Church of the Holy Angels Parishioners,
I was notified that a parishioner who attended Mass at Holy Angels on Sunday, August 23, 2020 and a parish meeting on Thursday, Aug 27, 2020 has tested positive for COVID-19.
The Parishioner is receiving the appropriate medical attention.
Following government and diocesan protocols, I immediately notified local health official and our diocesan officials to make them aware of the situation. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and diocesan guidelines, the church hall was immediately closed until they were thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. All ministries scheduled to be in these paces were canceled during this time wile the space was fully cleaned. The normal weekend schedule resumes as normal schedule of masses for the weekend of September 6, 2020.
Out of care and concern for every staff member and parishioner, I urge you to contact your primary health care provider immediately if you feel ill.
Please join me in praying for this individual and all who are effected by COVID-19 at this time.
A date for Youth Group start up will be forth coming. Be on the look out. If you have questions please contact Madre Collins at [email protected]
The Following Masses will continue to be Streamed:
Saturday Vigil Mass 5:30 at Resurrection
Suanday Mass 9 am at Saint Mary's
Sunday Mass 11:30 am at Resurrection
Phase 1 Church Openings
Beginning this weekend 23/24 May, 2020 scheduled masses are at the following times and locations.
Saturday: Mass - 5:30pm Confessions 4:30-5:00pm (Live Streamed on the Cluster Facebook page: Cluster Parishes of Portsmouth and Chesapeak Official Page)
Sunday: Mass - 11:30 am (Live Streamed on the Cluster Facebook page: Cluster Parishes of Portsmouth and Chesapeak Official Page)
Saturday: Mass - 4:00pm Confessions 3:00-3:30
Sunday: Mass - 9:00 am
Sunday Mass: 9:00 am Confessions 8:15-8:45 am (Live Streamed on the Cluster Facebook page: Cluster Parishes of Portsmouth and Chesapeak Official Page)
Saturday: Spanish Mass - 7:00pm Confessions 8:00 - 8:20pm
Sunday: Mass - 11:00 am Confessions 10:30-11:00
Mass will continue to be live streamed from Resurrection at 5:30pm on Saturday and 11:30am on Sunday
Notice: Mass times for Saint Paul Sunday Morning Mass and Holy Angles Spanish Mass have changed.
Please be aware you will be asked a few questions, you will be required to wear a mask during mass (off for receiving communion). You will be seated so don't be upset. Due to required social distancing you will most likely not be sitting in your normal seat. At the end of mass dismissal will be by pew and you must exit the sanctuary/ there is no gatherings after mass. Highly recommned you be at Mass at least 30 minutes early, when the capacity for the Church is reached, people will be turned away. Each church will be thoroughly cleaned aftr each mass.
Daily Mass Schedule
Daily Mass Schedule is as follows:
Monday 9:00 am @ Holy Angels
Tuesday 11:30 am @ Ressurection
Wednesday 6:00pm @ Resurrection, following mass: The novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Will be live streamed)
Thursday 9:00 am @ Holy Angels
Friday 9:00am @ Resurrection
Doors at Saint Paul's
The Doors at Saint Paul Catholic Church we in serious need of repair. Our fabulous maintenance man, Jeff Warren was able to restore them to a stunning condition.
Currently we have been using a Facebook Group called "Cluster Parishes of Portsmouth and Chesapeake Official Group". We will be moving over to using a Facebook page (Cluster Parishes of Portsmouth and Chesapeake). This allows us to be more transparent. You don't have to join, you just have to like and follow the group to get updates. Otherwise you can just go look at the page without any other action. We will be live streaming masses from the Page. I will update on the group where to go but for anyone, you can go to the page and see what is going on. I hope this helps. Just trying to survive the IT learning curve. Theresa
Independent Reconciliation Program
His Excellency, Bishop Barry C. Knestout, announced today the launch of an Independent Reconciliation Program as part of his promise that the diocese would expand its healing ministry to further assist victim survivors of clergy sexual abuse. The program provides victim survivors the opportunity to receive monetary compensation by filing a claim through an independent, nationally recognized, Richmond-based firm specializing in settlement administration.
You may find additional details about the Independent Reconciliation Program at assistance.richmonddiocese.org . The website includes a letter from Bishop Knestout, questions frequently asked of the diocese, and a press release that was distributed to local media.
Ethics Abuse Hotline Established by Diocese
Bishop Knestout announces the implementation of a hotline to report suspected financial, administrative or human resource misconduct within the Diocese of Richmond.
The hotline is handled through EthicsPoint, an independent, third-party reporting system, to ensure accountability and transparency. This helps to safeguard the resources entrusted to us by the people of our diocese. Reports can be made online or by phone. Employees, volunteers, clergy, parishioners and any other individual wishing to make a report can do so anonymously.
The hotline number is not a 911 or emergency service number. Individuals should not use this number to report information that is of an immediate threat to life or property.
Additionally, EthicsPoint is NOT intended to receive information about sexual abuse allegations. Abuse allegations should be reported immediately to local law enforcement and the Attorney General’s Clergy Abuse Hotline at 1-833-454-9064.
Additional information including a video message and letter from Bishop Knestout, a list of frequently asked questions and other resources regarding EthicsPoint can be found by visiting the diocesan website.
Diocesan Responses to the Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal
Bishop Knestout encourages anyone aware of sexual abuse of minors on the part of clergy or staff of our diocese to notify civil authorities, call the Attorney General’s Clergy Abuse Hotline at 1-833-454-9064, and reach out to the Diocesan, Jennifer Sloan at 1-877-887-9603.
Click for additional information on how to report abuse and harassment.
Bishop Knestout has released the names of clergy in the Diocese of Richmond that have a credible and substantiated allegation of sexual abuse of a minor. The list also includes clergy from other dioceses and religious communities who served in the Diocese. Click to view the list.