Coming out of the pandemic
No, we aren't there yet. Some parishioners were talking about how close we are getting, but that we don't know what that will look like. Since Palm Sunday, we have been meeting in person for mass, not in our regular chapel, but outside, on the back patio of the Education Bldg. Our campus hosts, Shadow Rock United Church of Christ, is holding one of its services at the same time in the sanctuary. Actually, except for a mighty wind that seems to start up the past three weeks just as mass is starting, the location is perfect. The tree that grows up out of the patio is home to birds who welcome our hymns with their own accompaniment. God is certainly present!
The CDC has said that all fully-vaccinated persons can meet outside without masks. Today was the first time we have seen each others faces in over a year! I continue to choose to wear a mask while distributing the Eucharist, just to be safe. I don't know when we will feel comfortable again sharing the chalice, but until then, we will continue to use individual communion cups.
Arizona temperature being what it is, we will have to move inside, either to the very large Smith Hall, or eventually back to our chapel, but I believe everyone can feel safe once again attending mass in person - even if our kiss of peace is socially distanced!
I am looking forward to seeing you soon.
Peace and all blessings,
Rev. Kate Lehman, OSB
Please join us for weekly Mass:
Sundays at 9:00 a.m.
Shadow Rock UCC
Education Building Chapel
12861 N. 8th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85029
St. Teresa of Ávila is united with many other authentic Catholic faith communities as a member of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC). The ECC is a "community of communities" that share a common theology and liturgical tradition with the Roman Catholic Church, but do not participate in its canon law.
The "ECC Difference" can be seen in the inclusion of all baptized Christians at the Eucharistic table, respect for and recognition that the Spirit is at work in those of other religions, ordination of women and married individuals, offering of the sacrament of marriage to committed LGBT couples and those remarrying after divorce, invitation to follow conscience regarding birth control, and active/equal involvement of the laity in the governance of the Communion.