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April 2, 2020   |   VOL. 1 No. 7
Archbishop Video
Please see a video from Archbishop Etienne here.
 

At Home with Faith
We’ve developed a series of resources in English and Spanish for people to continue to grow their faith while at home. Please visit the At Home with Faith webpage to see the resources, which includes the newest materials to guide families through Holy Week. We encourage you to share this link and the resources with your parish!
 

Cemetery Update: Support from Deacons
Thanks to the commitment of deacons of the Archdiocese and under the leadership of Deacon Frank DiGirolamo, a group of deacons under 65 have graciously volunteered to accompany the deceased to their graves at Associated Catholic Cemeteries: Calvary (Seattle), Gethsemane (Federal Way), Holyrood (Shoreline), St. Patrick (Kent). They will ensure that the prayers of the Church are offered for them and their families during this time as we all deal with the ramifications of the coronavirus. If there are any particular families who are in need of a presider, please contact Richard Peterson, President of Associated Catholic Cemeteries, at richp@MyCatholicCemetery.org. A minimum of 24 hours in advance is appreciated.
 

Mass in Time of Pandemic
The Congregation for Divine Worship published a new formulary for Mass “In Time of Pandemic.” This special Mass in Time of Pandemic can be offered “on any day except Solemnities, the Sundays of Advent, Lent, and Easter, days within the Octave of Easter, the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day), Ash Wednesday and the days of Holy Week.” That means this formulary may be used on Friday, or Saturday of this week, or weekdays beginning April 20. Archbishop Etienne will offer this Mass this coming Friday, April 3, if you would like to do the same and unite your prayers with his on that day. Small Business Administration Loan Grant
Many of our parishes are applying for this grant and have asked follow-up questions. Please see our answers to the frequently asked questions here.

HR and Employees
We have received many, many questions regarding how to manage the status of employees during the pandemic. The Archbishop, after consultation with the Presbyteral Council and chancery leadership, continues to ask that parishes and schools maintain all employees’ current compensation and benefits - whether employees are able to work their scheduled hours by working remotely or not. 

The Archdiocese is working closely with our own legal counsel, the USCCB and other professional consultants to determine which of the many actual or proposed relief measures for employers and employees may apply to us. The guidelines and regulations around the recent legislation are still being developed, and are targeted for publication in mid-April. This information will inform future decisions about our employees and their status. If we take action now, we risk losing eligibility for potential federal benefits.

Please keep in mind that if employees are furloughed or laid off, many will be eligible to receive Unemployment Insurance (UI). UI generally pays an individual roughly sixty percent of his or her final wages. Since the Archdiocese is a “pay as you go” employer, we do not prepay via employment taxes for UI. Therefore, even if we lay employees off, we will be billed for UI benefits received by our laid off, furloughed or terminated employees. 

If you have any further questions please reach out to our Human Resources team:
Denise Aubuchon, Matt Boswell or Lilly McGarry.
Resources
New issue of At Home with Faith
Parish Resources 
Parishioner Prayers and Resources
Spanish Mental Health Resources
Spanish Prayers for COVID-19
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