Church and Other Parish Buildings Closed
In light of the Governor's order for all California residents to remain at home, except essential services individuals, as public places, our church, parish buildings and campus are closed to public entry until further notice per the Governor's order.
Public Masses, Confessions and Other Parish Activities Cancelled
All public Masses are cancelled for the time being.
Our parish priests will pray for originally-scheduled Mass intentions in their private Masses during this time. Click here for originally-scheduled Mass intentions that will be offered by our parish priests in their private Masses.
Also cancelled for the time being are Confessions, Baptisms (unless in an emergency), weddings, receptions, events, groups, devotions, choirs, funeral vigils, Rosaries, and anything that causes people to gather in one place.
Last Sacraments and Blessings of the Church for Those Approaching Death, and Anointing of the Sick
The last Sacraments and blessings of the Church are available for those approaching death because of COVID-19 or any other cause (except for those hospitals and convalescent homes not allowing entry of priests at this time), including –
- The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
- Apostolic Pardon
- Confession (when the patient is at least semi-conscious and able to communicate, which is often not the case as someone approaches death)
- Holy Communion as Viaticum (when the patient is able to swallow, which also often is not the case as someone approaches death)
Thus, if any of your loved ones are approaching death, please call the Parish Office, (562) 691-0533, as soon as possible and leave a message for one of us priests to come and administer those last Sacraments and blessings of the Church. (Please note that in addition to most hospitals and convalescent homes not allowing entry to priests at this time, there are special protocols in place for ministering to persons with COVID-19, including masks, gowns and gloves.)
Non-urgent Anointing of the Sick will continue, but respecting the suggestions of civil authority and the regulations imposed by hospitals or convalescent homes. Requests for sick calls should be made by phone - (562) 691-0533.
Funerals should be postponed if at all possible and if conducted there should be no more than 10 people in attendance and with health precautions as already noted by the CDC and Health Officials and only with immediate family members. Also, for the moment, OLG will work only with the following mortuaries (which we know to be competent and trustworthy to follow governmental mandates and guidance regarding COVID-19):
Memory Garden Memorial Park and Mortuary, 455 W Central Ave, Brea, CA 92821, memorygarden.com, (714) 529-3961
Queen of Heaven Mortuary and Cemetery, 2161 Fullerton Rd, Rowland Heights, CA 91748, queenofheavenmortuary.org, (626) 964-1291
Mc Aulay & Wallace Mortuary, 902 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92832, mcaulaywallace.com, (714) 525-4721
White Emerson Mortuary, 13304 Philadelphia St, Whittier, CA 90601, whiteemerson.com, (562) 698-0304
Rose Hills Mortuary, 3888 Workman Mill Rd, Whittier, CA 90601, rosehills.com, (562) 699-0921
School, Faith Formation Classes and Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, First Communion)
The Diocese of Orange has indicated that stay-at-home, distance learning likely will continue until the end of the school year for our Catholic schools, including our parish school (click here to see letter from the Superintendent of Schools).
Accordingly, all of our parish Faith Formation classes and activities are cancelled for the remainder of the school year (mid-June). (Our Faith Formation classes usually end at the end of April or beginning of May anyway.) In the weeks to come, we will decide what kinds of Faith Formation activities we will be able to offer this summer.
Fr. Ed has decided that all who are registered in our parish school or Faith Formation sacramental preparation programs and scheduled to receive Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, First Communion) during this Easter Season will do so even if they had not completed all of the requirements prior to the start of stay-at-home measures. (Fr. Ed presumes that everyone who had not completed all of the requirements would have done so but for the stay-at-home measures.) We do not know when exactly those Sacraments of Initiation will occur for everyone – we will let you know when stay-at-home measures are sufficiently relaxed so that those Sacraments of Initiation can go forward as scheduled or be rescheduled.