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Parish Response to COVID-19 Concerns

March 15, 2020 by Heather

This is an unprecedented time for everyone and we are doing our best to keep our staff and parishioners as safe as possible. Below are the steps we are taking to minimize exposure:

  • Until further notice, we are operating the Parish Office remotely via email and phone. There will NOT be anyone onsite to help you. If you need assistance that requires meeting staff onsite you MUST make an appointment with Heather Goeden (at heather@sttheresemke.org or 414-771-2500) first so that we can make sure someone is there to help you.
  • We have cancelled Catechesis classes, including CLOW, for the next two weeks – March 15th and March 22nd – and possibly longer.  Lessons are being sent to families so learning can continue.
  • We have removed the Holy Water stoops from the church entrances.
  • We are distributing Communion only under one species until further notice. The Church teaches that Christ is present, whole and entire, in either species.(CCC#1377)
  • We are asking people to refrain from receiving the Eucharist on their tongue and receive in their hand only.
  • We are encouraging the congregation to refrain from physical contact during the Our Father and the Sign of Peace. A nod of the head or a slight bow are acceptable substitutes for physical contact.
  • We have placed hand sanitizers at each entrance and there are always sanitizers on the altar for the Eucharistic Ministers and Presiders.
  • We are wiping down all door handles, hand rails, etc. more frequently with antibacterial wipes/sprays.
  • We are asking our committees to meet remotely. Or if they do meet in person to use social distancing.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Fr. Joe Koyickal at frjoe@sttheresemke.org or 414-771-2500 x1 or Heather Goeden at heather@sttheresemke.org or 414-771-2500 x2.

Stay safe and healthy!

2 Comments

  1. John Mooney said:

    Heather,
    Is there an official policy on the choir having practices on Wednesday evenings?
    Thanks

    on Sunday, March 15th, 2020 at 7:01pm

  2. Heather said:

    John, There is nothing official decided yet. A decision will be made in the next day or so.

    on Sunday, March 15th, 2020 at 7:04pm


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