Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Dear Parishioners:

As you probably have already heard the State of California has once again shut down all indoor activities, Houses of Worship included.  These rules take effect on Wednesday, July 15. What does this mean for us?

Beginning Wednesday all Masses in the church and the Hall are discontinued for the time being.   However, as I’ve learned from our parishioners who are Marines: Improvise, Adapt, Overcome.


Since outside worship services are permitted we have decided to move our “worship spaces” to the parking garage of the Pastoral Center.  It is covered and shaded, and a constant breeze blows through there.  We can set up 100+ chairs for Mass.   This coming week The staff, Fr. Niru and I will be setting up our new “Mass on the Move” by bringing in chairs, the altar, a lectern and whatever else is needed for Mass.  Room A/B will become the temporary sacristy.


Beginning Wednesday 8:00 a.m. Mass will be in the new worship space.   We will be discontinuing the daily 6:00 p.m. Mass immediately and all Mass intentions scheduled for that Mass will be rescheduled.

Weekend Masses will follow the regular schedule:  Saturday Vigil: 5:00 p.m.,  Sunday: 7:30, 9:00, 10:30, 12:00 noon.   At this time we must discontinue the Hall Masses at 5:00 p.m., 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.  Hopefully, people will behave themselves, we can stop the spread of COVID-19 and we can get back into the church and the Hall relatively soon.  Masks and social distancing will still be expected and hand sanitizer will be available.

MASS REGISTRATION: Because we are currently in an outside venue for Mass, we do not need to continue to sign up/register for Mass attendance at this time as long as everyone complies with wearing a mask, staying socially distant (6 ft. apart) and hand sanitizing. As soon as we receive the approval to resume indoor Masses again we will reinstate the Mass Registration as well.

There will be no music for the Sunday Masses.  Really, it just wouldn’t work.  The only exception will be for First Communion.  We’ll figure something out for that.

First Communion Masses scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. this coming Saturday will be held on time but in the temporary worship space.

Weddings that have been scheduled, though small, will have to be reconsidered where they can be held.

Funerals that have been scheduled will take place as scheduled but with ONLY THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY PRESENT. 

Daily 8:00 a.m. Mass and Sunday 9:00 a.m. Mass will continue to be live streamed on our “San Rafael Parish” YouTube channel.


This is going to be a difficult time for everyone, EVERYONE – so let’s keep a positive attitude, let’s smile and be cheerful (even if through gritted teeth), let’s support one another, let’s remember in some places of the world Christians aren’t even allowed to gather much less celebrate Mass, as they are actively persecuted for their faith, let’s work together to do what we need to do to stop the spread of the COVID.  Above all, let’s remember we are faithful Catholics, committed to Christ and His Church. Take all of this as it comes with a grain of salt, remember “this too shall pass,” and  especially John 6:16-20.  (You have to look that up yourself.)

Monsignor Dennis Mikulanis

The obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues to be suspended for the time being.  If you do not wish to come to Mass for health/safety reasons, that’s okay.  If you are not feeling well, or are ill, or have underlying medical conditions or are just uneasy getting out too soon into the COVID-19 world, please remain at home.  We will continue to live stream Mass on our “San Rafael Parish” YouTube channel at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday until further notice for the benefit of those who cannot come to church.


Daily Mass: Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. (in our Pastoral Center parking garage).  Daily Mass will be live streamed on our “San Rafael Parish” YouTube channel) – Limited to 100 people in attendance, please sign-in when you arrive.

REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED FOR THE FOLLOWING OUTDOOR MASSES (When we receive approval to return to indoor services we will resume Mass Registration at that time):
Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:00 p.m. (in our Pastoral Center parking garage) – Limited to 100 people in attendance at each Mass.
Sunday Masses:
7:30 a.m. – (in our Pastoral Center parking garage). – Seating is limited to 100 people in attendance.
9:00 a.m. – (in our Pastoral Center parking garage, plus live streamed on our “San Rafael Parish” YouTube channel) – Seating is limited to 100 people in attendance at each Mass.
10:30 a.m. (in our Pastoral Center parking garage) – Seating is limited to 100 people in attendance at each Mass.
12:00 p.m. – (in our Pastoral Center parking garage). -Seating is limited to 100 people in attendance.

(Please note: babysitting has been suspended until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic.)

Daily Mass – Friday, August 14, 2020

Readings for the Week ~ Week of August 9-16, 2020

Sunday, August 9 |            1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-13a; Ps 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14 [8]; Rom 9:1-5; Mt 14:22-33

Monday, August 10 |         2 Cor 9:6-10; Ps 112:1-2, 5-6, 7-8, 9 [5]; Jn 12:24-26

Tuesday, August 11 |         Ez 2:8-3:4; Ps 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131 [103a]; Mt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

Wednesday, August 12 |   Ez 9:1-7; 10:18-22; Ps 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 [4b]; Mt 18:15-20

Thursday, August 13 |       Ez 12:1-12; Ps 78:56-57, 58-59, 61-62 [cf. 7b]; Mt 18:21-19:1

Friday, August 14 |            Ez 16:1-15, 60, 63 or 16:59-63; Is 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6 [1c]; Mt 19:3-12

Saturday, August 15 |       Vigil: 1 Chr 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2; Ps 132:6-7, 9-10, 13-14 [8]1 Cor 15:54b-57;
Lk 11:27-28
Day: Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab; Ps 45:10, 11, 12, 16 [10bc]; 1 Cor 15:20-27;
Lk 1:39-56

Sunday, August 16 |          Is 56:1, 6-7; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 [4]; Rom 11:13-15, 29-32; Mt 15:21-28


Additional Liturgical Schedule

The Liturgy of the Hours is prayed daily at 7:45 a.m. before morning Mass in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

The Rosary and Divine Mercy Devotions are prayed daily after the 8:00 a.m. Mass in the chapel, with added devotions on First Saturdays.

On First Fridays of each month Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel after the 8:00 a.m. Mass until 12:00 noon Benediction.

Holy Hours are held usually on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Wednesdays (schedule can vary, please check the parish bulletin for monthly dates) of each month from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.  The Chapel will be open and all are welcome to spend some time with our Lord in quiet contemplation. (Please note: Holy Hours have been suspended until further notice.)


Confessions are heard weekly on Saturdays (except Holy Saturday each year) at 3:30 or when a priest is available by appointment.  Parish Penance Services have been cancelled until further notice.

Until further notice, confessions must be held in relatively open spaces, standing, priest and penitent six feet apart.  Fr. Niru will be in the altar area of the church and Msgr. Dennis will be in the Blessed Sacrament chapel.  A screen will be placed to maintain privacy.  NO FACE TO FACE CONFESSIONS, PLEASE!  If you come to confession please remember to keep proper distancing between you and the next person.

Holy Days of Obligation

Holy Day Masses are held at 8:00 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Church Information

17252 Bernardo Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92128
Phone: (858) 487-4314
Fax: (858) 487-1498

Ministry Schedules

Lector Guidelines
July/August/September 2020 Lector Schedule
Letter to Returning Altar Servers
June 2020 Note to All Eucharistic Minister Captains
July 2020 Eucharistic Minister Schedule
Eucharistic Minister Winter 2019 Newsletter
Eucharistic Minister Altar Diagram 2017
August 2020 Greeters Schedule
August 2020 Mass Intentions
August 2020 Mass Presiders Schedule

If you do not see a schedule here for your ministry please contact your ministry leader for information.

Upcoming Funeral Services

PLEASE NOTE: Funerals that have been scheduled will take place as scheduled but with ONLY THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY PRESENT.*

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.  May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.   Amen.