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LETTER FROM BISHOP DEWANE CONCERNING OUR NEW ADMINISTRATOR

DIOCESE OF VENICE RESPONDS TO COVID-19

GUIDELINES FOR THE RETURN TO MASS - updated 5/22/20

St. Raphael Catholic Church Temporary Mass Schedule
Daily Mass at 8AM Monday through Saturday
Saturday Vigil Mass will be at 5PM

Sunday Masses will be at 8AM & 11AM in English
5:30PM in Spanish

Confession Schedule
Wednesday 5PM-6PM
Saturday 4PM-5PM
Sunday 4:30PM – 5:30PM (Spanish)

Confessions will take place in the Cry Room

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GUIDELINES FOR THE RETURN TO PUBLIC CELEBRATION OF MASS

  • * The obligation to attend Sunday Mass is dispensed through Sunday, June 28th.
  • * Attendance at each Mass is limited to no more than 50% occupancy.
  • * Anyone with fever or flu-like symptoms is not to enter the Church.
  • * All those, as defined by the health department, as more vulnerable (i.e. 65+ years of age), anyone with compromised immune systems, those with underlying health conditions, and those anxious about being in a large group are encouraged to stay home.
  • * There is still a risk for anyone who attends a public Mass to contract the coronavirus.
  • * The Church will be entered through the double doors & exited through the side doors.
  • * If you have parish envelopes you may leave them in the basket by the entrance or exit door.
  • * Communion is to be received ONLY in the HAND.
  • * Social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet between people not living in the same household must be followed.
  • * Due to on-going concerns regarding the spread of the COVID-19 Virus all parishioners are asked to wear a facemask while in the Church.
  • * No physical contact during the Sign of Peace is allowed.
  • * There should be no hand holding or other physical contact during the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer.

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In Memoriam of Fr. Dennis Cooney

Fr. Dennis Cooney, the beloved pastor of St. Raphael Catholic Church in Lehigh Acres for the last 20 years, passed away on Monday, April 13. Father had never fully recovered from surgery he received last November. These last months were a great struggle for Father, and for all of us, as his health slowly deteriorated.

Father Cooney’s passing was a beautiful moment of grace. He had received all of the sacraments that morning. Both Bishop Frank Dewane and his good friend, Fr. Casey Jones, were there with him. Father passed as the Chaplet of Divine Mercy was being prayed over him.

Bishop Dewane said a private funeral Mass for Fr. Cooney on Saturday, April 18. The homily was given by Fr. Casey. You can listen to that homily here.

Father Cooney was buried next to his mother at Charlotte Memorial at 9400 Indian Spring Cemetery Road in Punta Gorda.

Our grieving for Father Cooney has been exasperated by the current restrictions in place due to the Covid 19 pandemic. There will be a memorial Mass said for Fr. Cooney once the restrictions are lifted. That is when we will be able to give Father the sendoff that he so richly deserves.

Please keep Father Cooney and St. Raphael Catholic Church, especially during this time of transition, in your prayers.

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