The restrictions due to the corona epidemic will be eased gradually. We will implement the following measures in our church:

beginning on the 11th of May there will be public Masses in accordance with the recommendations of the authorities that there can be no more than 10 persons in the church at a time, taking into account safety distances and hygiene

the sacrament of confession will take place on weekdays before the adoration at 4.45 pm, on Saturdays and Sundays half an hour before the Mass

beginning on the first of June there will be public Masses with a limit of 50 persons at a time

the first communion feast will take place on September 13 at 10 p.m.

The exemption from the Sunday obligation by participating in the Holy Mass is still valid for the time being. However, the Church invites all believers to follow the Mass through the Internet and to maintain a regular prayer life among their families. Not entering the church in the normal way is not an exemption from giving time to God.

Everyone who attends the Church must take great care of their own hand and other hygiene and observe absolute care, calm, and caution in receiving Holy Communion.

We thank parishioners who, through regular membership fees, support the parish and those who serve the Church through volunteer work.

Father Stanislaw Szymajda SCJ celebrated his 70th birthday on the 9th of May. We wish him abundant God’s blessing. We will pray for Father Stanislaw especially at the Mass starting next Sunday, May 17 at 10 a.m.

Parishioners can attend the sacrament of confession and receive the Holy Communion individually by making an appointment with a priest.

Pope Francis’ prayer for protection from Coronavirus

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign
of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself,
and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.
Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test
– and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

We thank all those who took part in the preparation of the Holy Week liturgy. We thank our sacristans, our organist and our choir for wonderful music, altar servers, those who set the flowers in the church. May God bless you.

The next week belongs to the Easter Octave. There will be on Monday Mass in Finnish at 10 am and Mass in English at 6 pm.

On the 19th of April we will celebrate the Divine Mercy Sunday.

We wish you a blessed time of Easter!

The Holy Week begins on the Palm Sunday. During the Holy Week we celebrate the mysteries of our Lord’s passion, death and resurrection, the central events of our salvation. During the Corona pandemic let us stay in unity with God and the Church through our prayers. Let us follow these celebrations with special devotion.

The celebrations of the Holy Week will be celebrated without the participation of the faithful. We can follow the events of the Holy Week on the Internet. There is a link to the live stream on the website of our parish: pyhamaria.fi

The schedule for the Holy Week:

  • On the Holy Thursday the solemn Eucharist to commemorate the Last Supper of the Lord, the sacrament of Eucharist and priesthood. This is a feast of all priests. Holy Mass in Finnish at 6 pm.
  • Good Friday – the celebration of Jesus’ passion and death at 3 pm. Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence. Catholics between the ages of 18 until 60 are obliged to fast. In addition, all Catholics 14 years old and older must abstain from meat. Fasting means partaking of only one full meal and two small meals.
  • on the Holy Saturday the solemn Easter Vigil at 9.30
  • on the Easter Sunday the solemn Mass in Finnish at 10 am, Mass in Polish at 4 pm and Mass in English at 6 pm.

Many thanks to those who regularly support our parish financially and with voluntary work.

Let us remember the Lenten Collection of Caritas. Through this collection we can give the youngsters in Columbia a chance for a better future. We can send our donations directly to the bank account of the Caritas.

May God bless you during the Holy Week.

During these difficult days it is very important to remain in unity with God and the Church trough the prayer. We encourage all parishioners to read the Holy Scripture, pray at home with the family the Rosary, Stations of the Cross, follow the celebrations of the Holy Mass online. It is recommended to receive the spiritual Communion during the broadcasting of the Mass. It is very important to support and help each other especially those, who are in a difficult situation always following the instructions of the authorities.

Holy Masses are celebrated according to the schedule without presence of the faithful.

There is a possibility of receiving sacraments. Please contact our parish office.

The Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) will be celebrated on the 5th of April 2020.

This year’s Lenten Collection funds will be used to prevent the marginalization of youth in Pereira, Kolumbia. At the moment, one third of primary school pupils drop out of school and are exposed to drug abuse and delinquency. Through Lenten Collection we can give these youngsters a chance for a better future. We can send our donations directly to the bank account of the Caritas.

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