Normal Mass schedules have resumed except as noted below.*
* The Wednesday morning 7:00am Mass and Friday afternoon 1:30pm Mass (at Woodcrest) will remain suspended until further notice.
The Church is open daily from 7:00am - 7:00pm for personal prayer.
Sunday Masses are being recorded to be viewed anytime on YouTube under "St. Mary's Parish Decatur."
For televised Mass information click TV Mass.
FORT WAYNE AREA TELEVISED MASS:
- 7 am: WPTA 21.3 (MyTV) | Frontier 9, 509 | Comcast 252, 1024, 1172 | DirecTV 22
- 10 am: WISE CW 33.1 | Frontier 6, 506 | Comcast 19, 1033 | DirecTV 33 | Dish 34
- 10:30 am through April 12: WFFT 55 | Frontier 5 | Comcast 12
Confessions - Confessions have returned to normal schedules with additional hours in church on Saturday at 9am, Monday at 5pm, Tuesday at 5pm, Thursday at 6:30pm and Friday at 9am.
- Holy Hours of Adoration have resumed with normal schedules on Monday at 5pm, Tuesday at 5pm, Thursday at 6:30pm (until 8pm) and Friday at 9am.
Anointing of the Sick, Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms still occur as needed.
- Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms still have limited attendance. Please contact Father Dave at 260-706-7130 or email@example.com.
Parish Office Hours
- Appointments that may be needed in person, may be arranged by a call or email to the person that you need to see or contact the main office number at 260-724-9159.
- Deliveries may be left inside Door #5 on 5th Street on the table or small items may be left in the slot on inside door.
United States Bishops Conference of Catholic Bishops: Ethical Concerns on new Covid-19 Vaccines
Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Doctrine, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement on the new COVID-19 vaccines. The bishops address the moral concerns raised by the fact that the three vaccines that appear to be ready for distribution in the United States all have some connection to cell lines that originated with tissue taken from abortions.
With regard to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, they concluded:
“In view of the gravity of the current pandemic and the lack of availability of alternative vaccines, the reasons to accept the new COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are sufficiently serious to justify their use, despite their remote connection to morally compromised cell lines.
“Receiving one of the COVID-19 vaccines ought to be understood as an act of charity toward the other members of our community. In this way, being vaccinated safely against COVID-19 should be considered an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for the common good.”
With regard to the AstraZeneca vaccine, the bishops found it to be “more morally compromised” and consequently concluded that this vaccine “should be avoided” if there are alternatives available. “It may turn out, however, that one does not really have a choice of vaccine, at least, not without a lengthy delay in immunization that may have serious consequences for one’s health and the health of others,” the bishop chairmen stated. “In such a case … it would be permissible to accept the AstraZeneca vaccine.”
At the same time, the bishops also warned that Catholics “must be on guard so that the new COVID-19 vaccines do not desensitize us or weaken our determination to oppose the evil of abortion itself and the subsequent use of fetal cells in research.”
Pray with us this Week!
Weekend Masses: Saturday 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 7:00 & 8:30 a.m. | 11:00 a.m.
Weekday Mass: Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday 8:10 a.m. & 6:00p.m.,Wednesday & Friday 8:10 a.m.
Adoration: Monday & Tuesday 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. , Thursday 6:30p.m. - 8:00p.m., Friday 9:00a.m.
Confession: Monday & Tuesday 5:00p.m., Thursday 6:30p.m.,
Friday & Saturday 9:00a.m.
*Please check the bulletin under the NEWS tab for the most up to date Mass & Adoration times
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