When indoor Mass was once again suspended in mid-July, the priests, sisters, and staff at St. John the Baptist in Costa Mesa happily welcomed parishioners to the church’s outdoor courtyard – for nine vigil and Sunday Masses in Vietnamese, English, Latin, and Spanish.
In addition, on that first Saturday outdoors, the parish Hispanic Community celebrated a group of children who received their First Holy Communion in the church’s courtyard.
The setting was beautiful – with the altar located in front of a statue of Our Lady of La Vang, and the faithful seated under large tents. A thoughtful and generous parishioner even provided cushioned kneepads, and the Lord graced the weekend with very pleasant weather.
The parish continues to celebrate outdoor daily Masses (Monday through Friday) at 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; and on Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. On Monday through Friday, from 3 to 5 p.m. the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance is placed in the rectory chapel window for “Parking lot Adoration.”
The full schedule is available on the parish website: www.sjboc.org.
OUTDOOR MASSES AROUND THE COUNTY
Parishes throughout the Diocese of Orange are celebrating Mass outdoors, as well as livestreaming Masses in multiple languages. Outdoor confessions are being heard in many parishes and outdoor Adoration is taking place. For a complete list of all the outdoor and livestream schedules, visit rcbo.org/outdoormass.