A message from Fr Steven Stillmunks

To my new family at Blessed Trinity Parish, greetings. I am Father Steve Stillmunks and I will be joining you in July as an assistant to our pastor Father Jhon. Let me share with you a little about myself. I am a native of Nebraska. I have two sisters and three brothers. I have been a priest for forty four years working in parishes and schools. It has always been my intent to move to Florida when my duties in Nebraska are completed. The time has come and I am grateful to Father Jhon for welcoming me. I bring with me a deep love for Jesus, a strong desire to be of help and a set of golf clubs! My preaching may not be the best but it is brief. I will do my best to be of service to the Lord and the parish. I look forward to being with you.

God bless you!

Father Steve Stillmunks 

Please click the link below to see Fr Stillmunks’ Farewell Message to his former Parish, St. Robert Bellarmine-Omaha. We are excited for him to join our Family here at Blessed Trinity.

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Letter From Fr. Jhon – COVID safety plan (Phase 1)

Below is an important message from Fr Jhon as a heads up for all involved in our various ministries. This announcement will be made at all Masses this weekend and will go in effect Pentecost weekend May 22-23. Please click >>here<< to view the flyer that will be included in the weekend bulletin.

My dear family,

I am writing you this time because it is my priority and duty to promote the common good by doing all we can to protect and provide safety to our Blessed Trinity families, my employees, ministries and people who come to our home to celebrate the Eucharist with us.

For this reason I want to share with you what the Diocese has in place a new Covid-19 Safety Plan with a phased approach. Based on guidelines of the CDC and FDOH, metrics for vaccinations in diocesan counties and metrics for positive case and Covid-19 deaths we are now able to move into Phase One. 

Dispensation from Sunday Mass is being lifted for all individuals, beginning Pentecost Sunday. The dispensation may still apply to those who are living with persons who are ineligible for vaccination for medical reasons, are considered to be in a high-risk category or with underlying conditions. Remember to use the dispensation if:

·         You exhibit flu-like symptoms

·         You have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, and you are asymptomatic.

·         You care for the sick, homebound, or infirmed

·         You are unable to get to Mass through no fault of your own

For Blessed Trinity, we will gradually begin decreasing the space for physical distancing. Rest assured that we will still maintain sections for those who are not comfortable with decreased distancing. We will continue with sanitizing the Church and Hand Sanitizer will be available. 

I do realize that City and State Officials have lifted mask mandates, but please understand that we are following the guidelines set forth by the Diocese and I am being obedient to my Bishop. Therefore, all mask requirements remain intact.  

Blessings,

Fr Jhon

UPDATED EMAIL FROM THE BISHOP’S OFFICE
AS OF 1:45PM on 5/14/2021

Hello everyone

I just received this information from our chancellor. Please share with everyone of the members of your ministries. They are good news.

Reverend Fathers and Deacons:

As has been our policy throughout the pandemic, we continue to follow the guidance of the CDC.  In light of the new CDC guidance released late yesterday, we are adjusting diocesan guidance regarding the wearing of masks.  Please share this with your pastoral staff as appropriate. 

As you may be aware, CDC changed their guidance on the wearing of masks, stating that

•             Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. 

•             For now, the following measures are strongly encouraged: 

–              For those who have been hesitant in getting vaccinated should do so at their earlier convenience. Children 12 years of age and older are now eligible.

–              Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms

–              Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations

Given this new guidance from CDC, effective immediately, Bishop Estevez has approved that at Masses in our parishes and missions we will no longer require the wearing of masks for fully vaccinated persons, nor will we require proof of vaccination or ask if persons are vaccinated.  All other diocesan guidance remains in place. 

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 data and report our findings weekly via Pastoral Briefing every Monday morning. 

V/R

Blessed Easter Season,

Deacon Mike

NCYC 2021

National Catholic Youth Conference 2021
Indianapolis IN
November 18 – 20, 2021

NCYC Website

In a distinctly Catholic setting, the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) invites participants to encounter Christ, experience Church, and be empowered for discipleship. Come to Indianapolis for 2021 NCYC to be set Ablaze • Enciende El Fuego

I am excited to announce that we have 22 teens & 6 adult chaperones from our Youth Group attending NCYC 2021. It’s going to be a wonderful experience and I ask everyone to please keep us all in your prayers as we prepare ourselves mentally and spiritually for this journey.

As of 7/01/2021, the costs for each teen participate is $400.
Below is our timeline of known events.

May 1, 2021Dioceses Office of Youth Ministry purchasing NCYC tickets
May 23, 2021Initial Deposit of $100 per attendee due – Parent/Teen Meeting @6PM in the Lady of Our Lourdes Conference Room (right side of the Gym)
June 27, 20212nd Deposit of $100 per attendee due
July 15, 2021Safe Enviroments Letter due for all Chaperones
August 1, 2021First NCYC Participate Meeting (4:30PM – Our Lady of Lourdes Conference Room)
August 22, 20213rd Deposit of $100 per attendee due
September 26, 20214th Deposit of $100 per attendee due
October (Date TBD)Dioceses All-Hands meeting (Place TBD)
October 24, 2021Final Payment Due for all attendees (Amount TBD)
November 18, 2021Depart for NCYC (Meet at Jacksonville International Airport/Time TBD)
November 20, 2021Return to Jacksonville (Pick up at Jacksonville International Aiport/Time TBD)
Early DecemberNCYC recap meeting with Fr. Jhon
All dates and figures are subject to change.

Questions or for more information, please contact Noel deLeon at 904.629.1022 / syg@btccjax.org.

NCYC NEWS & UPDATES

6/10/2021: Airline Flight arrangements have been made. Airline travel is via Southwest and both ways stop and change flights at Atlanta.

Depart JAX @ 0640Arrive IND @ 1020
Depart IND @ 0830Arrive JAX @ 1205
Subject to change

6/1/2021: Hotel Information: Hampton Inn Downtown Indianapolis. 105 S. Meridian Street, Indianapolis IN 46231.
Please send me your rooming preference (who you want to room with).

5/1/2021: We have 22 Teens attending and 7 adult chaperones!

3/1/2021: The theme of NCYC 2021 is Ablaze| Enciende El Fuego. The second chapter of the book of Acts tells about the coming of the Holy Spirit. At NCYC 2021, we will call upon the Holy Spirit to descend upon our young Church and set them Ablaze for the Lord!

Tickets for the 2021 NCYC will go on sale May 1 and is limited to the first 10k.

News reports about COVID-19 are everywhere. The Dioceses of St. Augustine and the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) join our prayers with yours for the development and deployment of improved treatment and prevention protocols and for the eventual eradication of this virus that has affected so many in very profound ways. Despite the period in which we currently find ourselves, NFCYM continues to move forward in a spirit of optimism with plans for an in-person National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) November 18-20, 2021, in Indianapolis.

Leading up to November 18th, NFCYM will be working closely with officials of the city of Indianapolis and the Marion County, Indiana, health department to develop virus mitigation and response plans specifically for NCYC. Only with their approval will NFCYM open the doors to the 2021 NCYC. If you have previously participated, the 2021 NCYC will look and operate a little differently. What should be unmistakable in the experience is our commitment to the NCYC mission: to provide a distinctly Catholic environment in which participants are invited to encounter Christ, experience Church, and be empowered for discipleship.

To this end, the NCYC project team is currently reviewing every plan made to date to ensure it still resonates amid this pandemic and all the conflicting emotions and changed realities that have come along with it. More detailed program information will be posted as it becomes available.

TALKING WITH PURPOSE (2 WEEK) MINI-COURSE

Not all conversations are created equal.

There’s kind of a lot to talk about these days. What kind of restrictions will still be with us this summer? How can we survive the end of the school year without going crazy? How are you feeling after all these weeks at home with everyone? Why are you upset with me?

Each of these conversations is important, but each one needs to be approached differently. This two-week mini-course will teach you good communication principles, how to effectively transfer information, a skill for making a deep emotional connection and another for reconciling well after a hurt inside and outside our relationship.

If you have already completed the Every Day in Love or Follow-up course to our Living in Love weekend, these skills will be a review, but you are still more than welcome to attend and invite others! No previous exposure to Living in Love programs is necessary to attend.

TALKING WITH PURPOSE MINI-COURSE
Sundays: May 3 & 17. 9pm E, 8pm C, 7pm M, 6pm P. Via Zoom.
Cost/couple for both sessions: $15 Scholarships available upon request.
Register: http://livinginlove.org/Every-Day-in-love-registration/

Re-consecration of the United States to the care of the Blessed Mother Mary

The bishop shares the following with you: Archbishop Gomez will lead a brief liturgy with the prayer of re-consecration of the United States to the care of the Blessed Mother Mary on Friday, May 1 at 3:00 p.m. (EDT) and has invited the bishops to join in from their respective dioceses and to extend the invitation to the faithful in their dioceses for their participation.

The livestream of Archbishop Gomez’s liturgy will be available on both the USCCB’s website at http://www.usccb.org/consecration.

Please visit http://www.usccb.org/consecration to download the worship aid which is available in both English and Spanish for distribution.

Holy Week Schedule


[Distribution of Palms-Drive through pick-up only] Saturday 5:30pm-6:30pm Sunday 8:00am-9:00am Noon-1:00pm 3:00pm-4:00pm

PALM SUNDAY [Masses] Sunday 10:30am 2:00pm (Spanish)

MONDAY APR. 6TH 8:30 am Daily Mass Noon Angelus and Rosary 3:00 pm Divine Mercy 6:00pm Angelus + Adoration (Meditation and Reflection until 7:00pm)

TUESDAY APR. 7TH 8:30 am Daily Mass Noon Angelus and Rosary 3:00 pm Divine Mercy 6:00pm Angelus + Adoration (Meditation and Reflection until 7:00pm)

WEDNESDAY APR. 8TH 8:30 am Daily Mass Noon Angelus and Rosary 3:00 pm Divine Mercy 6:00pm Angelus + Adoration (Meditation and Reflection until 7:00pm)

THURSDAY APR. 9TH (HOLY THURSDAY) 8:30 am Morning Prayer Noon Angelus and Rosary 6:00pm Last Supper 7:00pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

FRIDAY APR. 10TH (GOOD FRIDAY) 8:30 am Morning Prayer Noon Stations of the Cross (English) 3:00pm Last Seven Words 5:00pm Stations of the Cross (Spanish) 6:00pm Celebration of the Passion of the Lord.

SATURDAY APR. 11TH (VIGIL) 8:30 am Morning Prayer Noon Angelus and Rosary 3:00pm Divine Mercy 8:00pm Vigil Mass

SUNDAY APR. 12TH (EASTER SUNDAY) :
10:30am Easter Mass, 2:00pm Easter Mass in Spanish

[Distribution of Easter Wishes (bags with something from the Parish)-Drive Through Pickup Only]
8:00am-9:00am, 3:00pm-4:00pm

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