The video of this Sunday’s Mass is below. Fr. Joe presided and Fr. Hugh gave the homily.
The video begins during the Gloria due to some technical difficulties. We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

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The video of this Sunday’s Mass is below. Fr. Joe presided.

 

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Archbishop Listecki’s dispensation message from September 3rd is below:





The Archdiocese created and posted the following video that explains more about the Catholic Comeback requirements. Please view it below:





On April 30th, 2020 Archbishop Listecki sent an email detailing the list of directives Parishes needed to take in order to resume in person Mass on May 31st, 2020. The content of that email is below:

April 30, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As Catholics, the Eucharist is the “source and summit” of our spiritual lives. Being deprived of the public celebration of the Mass has been a tremendous hardship for both our people and our priests, who long to serve their people. As a Sacramental Church, the reception of Communion is an integral part of our faith and worship. We recognize how truly lost and empty we are without the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and without the reception of Jesus Christ, truly present in the Eucharist.

Now we look ahead to the time we return to celebrating Mass with our parish communities. We want to do this in a reasonable and responsible way, with the safety of our people and respect for our sacramental life our top priorities. To that end, we are issuing these directives, guidelines and considerations, to aid our parishes in the resumption of public Mass and demonstrate our commitment to protecting communities.

We understand the seriousness of this pandemic. We also understand the strong desire of our people to come together to worship God and these directives provide both a reasonable and responsible way to make that happen in the coming weeks.

Pandemic-induced anxieties, confinement to homes, fear of catching the virus, unemployment, and financial uncertainty have left people fearful and distressed. It is at times like these when the Church is most needed, bringing her message of faith, hope, and charity.

The Church, at its best, addresses and assists people through difficult times. Just because public Masses were suspended, doesn’t mean the Church became inactive; far from it. The Church continues to serve its people and its community. As part of the State’s Badger Bounce Back, now is the time for the Catholic Comeback. Come Back to Sunday Mass; Come Back to Community; Come Back to our roots as a Eucharistic People; Come Back to Service; Come Back Home.

Just as we did at the Archdiocesan Synod in 2014, “this can be for us a new Pentecost.” So we will begin again, anew, on Pentecost Sunday, returning to the celebration of Sunday Mass beginning with Masses for Sunday, May 31st. If circumstances warrant consideration of an earlier date, I will communicate that change directly with you. Let us focus our energy now on preparing for a safe return and let us proceed filled with faith and hope.

As we return, we must remember that some of our people will be anxious. It is important that we follow these Directives for the good of all. The last thing we would want is to contribute to a rebound of the virus that would again force a suspension of Masses down the road.

This is a moment for Evangelization. It is a moment for Formation in the Sacraments. It is a moment of Invitation. It is a moment for Christ, truly present in the Eucharist, to be truly present to His people through the ministry of the Church.

I am grateful for your leadership during the time of this pandemic. Please be assured of my prayers for you and for your people. Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Jerome E. Listecki – Archbishop of Milwaukee

Return to Mass Directives, Guidelines and Considerations, beginning Sunday, May 31, 2020.

DIRECTIVES are items that should be followed for the safe celebration of Mass.

  • Priests and deacons over age 65 or those with pre-existing health conditions, must first receive permission from the Archbishop/Vicar for Clergy before publicly celebrating Mass, by contacting the Vicar for Clergy.
  • Priests celebrating “help-out” Masses cannot celebrate at two different parishes on the same weekend. Optimally, help-out priests would help out only at one parish week-to-week.
  • Public Mass will be celebrated on Sundays only. This includes Saturday evening Mass(es) of Anticipation and Sunday Masses.
  • Attendance at each individual Mass is limited to no more than 25 percent of your Church’s Occupancy Permit.
  • The obligation to attend Sunday Mass is dispensed through Sunday, July 5.
  • Signage should be placed on entrance doors asking anyone with fever or flu-like symptoms not to enter the church.
  • Priests, deacons, readers, servers, and sacristans are to wash/sanitize their hands before and after Mass, and before and after the distribution of Communion.
  • Communion is to be distributed only by the priest(s) and vested permanent or transitional deacon. If the presider is a priest in a higher-risk category (age/pre-existing condition), then a designated Extraordinary Minister can be used.
  • Hand sanitizer is to be used prior to the distribution of Communion. If inadvertent contact is made, the priest or deacon is to stop and sanitize his hands before continuing to distribute Communion. It may be prudent to have a small table with the proper items for sanitizing nearby.
  • Communion is to be received ONLY in the HAND.
  • Communion will not be distributed by the Cup.
  • Social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet between people not living in the same household must be followed.
  • A minimum of using every other pew should be followed. Every third pew is preferred. Intervening pews must be cordoned off.
  • All Missals, Bibles, prayer cards or other paper resources must be removed from pews.
  • Frequently touched surfaces in the church (pews/pew tops, door handles, microphones, etc.) should be cleaned and sanitized per CDC recommendations after every liturgy. www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html
  • Hand sanitizer should be available at all church entrances.
  • Holy Water fonts should be emptied.
  • No physical contact during the Sign of Peace is allowed.
  • Priests should not celebrate more than three Masses for Sunday.
  • Additional Mass times may be added at the Pastor, Administrator, Parish Director’s discretion, but priests should celebrate no more than three Masses per Sunday.
  • Worship Aids are discouraged. Providing on-line worship aids is encouraged. If paper worship aids are used, they should be limited to one page and people should be directed to take them with them after Mass. If worship aids are left in pew, they must be collected and destroyed after each Mass. They cannot be reused for the next Mass.
  • Non-essential gatherings should be suspended, including Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Post-Mass social gatherings/refreshments (e.g. Coffee & Donuts).
  • A cantor is allowed, but choirs should not be used.
  • Hospitality ministers and ushers should wear masks and should not make physical contact when greeting parishioners.
  • Sacristans and those who prepare communion elements must carefully wash their hands prior to touching the hosts and pouring the wine; a face-mask and gloves are encouraged.
  • All vessels containing the bread and wine are to remain covered until placed on the altar.
  • A separate chalice should be used for the celebrant, each concelebrant and deacon.
  • All patens, ciboria, chalices, cruets, bread and wine should remain on the credence table in the sanctuary and handled only by the sacristan or those whom the pastor delegates.
  • There is to be no presentation of Gifts.
  • All communion vessels are to be thoroughly and properly cleaned after Mass with hot, soapy water after being purified according to the rubrics.
  • Collection baskets are not to be passed person-to-person. Baskets with long handles are allowed. Ushers taking the Collection should wear masks and gloves. Large baskets could be placed at church exits for people to drop envelopes or donations. Ushers must immediately wash their hands after the collection.
  • Restrooms should be cleaned between Masses.
  • Offertory money should be placed in a tamper-evident bag, logged, and kept in the safe for at least 3 days before being counted.
  • Offertory counters should wear gloves and masks, and practice social distancing.
  • No paper bulletins should be distributed.

GUIDELINES are suggestions for the Priest/Parish Director’s discretion

  • All those as defined by the health department as more vulnerable (i.e. 60+ years of age, those with compromised immune systems, those with underlying health conditions, those who are especially anxious about being in a large group, etc.) should be encouraged to stay at home.
  • Mass attendance should be organized in some way.
    • Designate Mass time by household name (A to H, Mass 1; I to O, Mass 2; P to Z, Mass 3);Provide a sign-up system either on the parish website or by calling the parish office;
    • Assign a Mass time per registered family;
    • Some space designation must be allowed for walk-in attendance.
  • The use of facemasks should be encouraged.
  • Ushers should direct the Communion line and markings should be placed on the floor to preserve social distancing.
  • If possible, hand sanitizer should be available in the aisle(s) for use by people prior to receiving communion.
  • Gathering Area Tables and Chairs should be put into storage so as not to invite people to use them.
  • Baptismal pools or those with fonts that flow into a basin should be emptied. If emptying would be difficult, the water should be sterilized with bleach after the final Mass.
  • Entrance doors should be propped open to limit contact with door handles or hospitality ministers may hold open doors.
  • The use of familiar hymns is encouraged to limit any need for a worship aid.
  • Directions for dismissal after Mass should be provided by the celebrant to provide an orderly exit with proper social distancing. Pew-by-pew, for example.
  • Attendees should be advised to wash their clothes following the service.
  • Parish bulletins/news should be posted to the parish website or emailed to parishioners.

CONSIDERATIONS are things to consider in establishing processes for implementing DIRECTIVES

  • Does your parish have enough cleaning supplies?
  • Develop a process for cleaning between Masses that maintains social distancing.
  • Determine the minimum number of people needed to clean pews and surfaces.
  • Estimate how long it will take to properly clean between Masses and schedule Mass times accordingly. Consider spacing Masses further apart.
  • There still will be a risk for anyone who attends a public Mass to contract the coronavirus.
  • There is no pre-determined timeline for how long restrictions will be in place.

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The video of this Sunday’s Mass is below. Fr. Joe presided.

If the video doesn’t play, you can view it on You Tube at https://youtu.be/3WRLdFB3GLI

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The video of this Sunday’s Mass is below. Fr. Joe presided.

 

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Triduum Mass Schedule

April 6, 2020 by Heather

At Home Holy Week Guide

The Archdiocese has put together an at-home resource for Holy Week. This guide includes Catholic rituals and practical suggestions  Between communal prayers, reflections, hymns, and even movie options, this guide should aid you and your family to dive deep into this most holy of weeks.

You can download the at-home guide here.

Good Friday Stations of the Cross with the Pope

Fr. Joe has sent the following note and information below regarding Stations of the Cross with the Pope:

Dear Friends,

I encourage you to join Pope Francis on Good Friday for the Stations of the Cross. It is a very unique and beautiful one touching our human reality. Find some convenient time for you on Good Friday. May the Passion, death and resurrection of Jesus bring us New Life and Hope in this time of uncertainty.

Prayers and Blessings.

Fr. Joe.

This year, the meditations for the Stations of the Cross that will be led by Pope Francis on Good Friday come to us in the voices of prisoners, a family affected by a murder, a mother and a daughter of prisoners, a volunteer religious brother, a priest who was accused and then acquitted after many years and others.

The meditations on the Passion of Christ were organized and prepared by the chaplains at “Due Palazzi” House of Detention in Padua, Italy.

The text of these powerful meditations are online at here, as well as a video link if you want to accompany Pope Francis on Good Friday. He will lead the Way of the Cross at 9 p.m. (Rome time; 3 p.m. eastern) in front of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Triduum Mass Schedule

You are invited to join us for Holy Week and Easter Mass by viewing the Masses online or on TV. Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki will preside at Masses from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Holy Week Masses will be broadcast on Channels 18 and 24 (CW18/MY24) and Easter Mass will be broadcast on Channel 12 (WISN-TV). An additional Easter Sunday Mass in Spanish will be broadcast on Channels 18 and 24.

The schedule is as follows:

  • CW18/MY24
    • Thursday, April 9: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper LIVE at 7 p.m.
    • Friday, April 10: Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion LIVE at Noon
    • Sunday, April 12: Easter Sunday LIVE in Spanish at 1 p.m. (Archbishop Listecki and Bishop James Schuerman presiding)
  • WISN-TV
    • Sunday, April 12: Easter Sunday LIVE at 11 am.
  • Holy Week and Easter Sunday Live Streaming from the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukee
    Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki will be presiding at each Mass, as well as Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion.
    • Thursday, April 9: Holy Thursday Mass at 7 p.m.
    • Friday, April 10: Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion at 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 11: Easter Vigil Mass at 8 p.m.
    • Sunday, April 12 : Easter Sunday Mass at 11 a.m.
    • Sunday, April 12: IN SPANISH (with Auxiliary Bishop James Schuerman) Easter Sunday Mass at 1 p.m.

Streaming will be live and links to the Masses can be found on www.archmil.org/Parishes/Find-A-Mass.htm.

Download a PDF of the schedule here.

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The video of this Sunday’s Mass is below. Fr. Joe presided.

If the video doesn’t play, you can view it on You Tube at https://youtu.be/UPcbex4GKkA

The text of Fr. Joe’s Homily can be viewed here.

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The video of this Sunday’s Mass is below. Fr. Joe presided.

If the video doesn’t play, you can view it on You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU7pRFMDjxU

The text of Fr. Joe’s Homily can be viewed here.

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The video of this Sunday’s Mass is below. Fr. Joe presided.

If the video doesn’t play, you can view it on You Tube at https://youtu.be/HCUdeHwrgSo

The text of Fr. Joe’s Homily can be viewed here.

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Prayer Resources

  • Step Out Stronger | Leave Quarantine Closer to Christ – Our days in isolation will come to an end. When they do, will you emerge weaker or stronger? Choose to use May in order to come out stronger. In these 30 days, rather than dwelling on what we might be missing, we’re focusing on Jesus, giving one percent of each day in prayer and completing a simple daily action to grow in love for God and neighbor. Find out more information and register HERE.
  • Pause & Pray | Virtual Daily Prayer for Women – This is a time of busy-ness and boredom, loneliness and laziness. Our routines are disrupted. We experience uncertainty. We see the blessings of this extended time of staying at home and we meet new challenges. But we know that now, more than ever, we need Jesus. If amid all the change you are struggling in your prayer life, you are not alone. Join us each weekday at 2 pm via Zoom for 15 minutes of prayer. Slip away by yourself if you can. If you can’t, put it on in the background or watch the recording. We want to pray for you and with you. Please come along on this journey with us. Please register HERE to receive the information.
  • Virtue Small Group Resource for Catholic Mothers – If you’re looking to connect with other moms, we’ve got you covered. Even if you’ve never led a small group before, we made it easy. The Virtue small group for moms is six sessions about the virtues and how you can incorporate them into your own life as a quarantined mom.
    The leader guide has everything you need to get started. There is even guidance on what to look for in discussion question responses. The participant guide has all the readings and space to journal. Both are downloadable pdfs.  Reach out to a few friends and start connecting.
  • The Archdiocese has put together an at-home resource for Holy Week. This guide includes Catholic rituals and practical suggestions  Between communal prayers, reflections, hymns, and even movie options, this guide should aid you and your family to dive deep into this most holy of weeks. You can download the at-home guide here.
  • View Pope Francis’s prayer service, Urbit et Orbi. It is a very powerful prayer and blessing from the Pope at this fearful time.
  • Courageous Communion: Daily Living for Quarantined Catholics – Resources from the Archdiocese
  • View Daily Reflections by Archbishop Listeck, Auxiliary Bishop Jeffrey Haines, and Auxiliary Bishop James Schuerman on You Tube.
  • Bishop Robert Baron has recorded daily Mass on his website, “Word on Fire.”
  • Subscribe to the 3 Minute Retreats from Loyola Press
  • Download the Daily Prayer from Liturgy Training Publications. Go to their website and click on “Today’s Prayer.”
  • Find the daily readings on the United States Council of Catholic Bishops website.
  • Find resources for Managing Coronavirus Anxiety, Managing Anxiety, and Prayer and Spiritual Life in Times of Stress.

Community Resources

A Message from Fr. Joe

Dear Friends in Christ,

No doubt we are faced with a very difficult and critical situation with the spreading of Corona virus beyond all borders and boundaries, breaking all barriers. Our entire life is disrupted. The entire humanity seems to be affected.Life and activity has almost come to a standstill. There is so much uncertainty and fear, so much anxiety and worry. As a people of faith how are we coping? Where do we find hope and strength? Where do we look for comfort and assurance?

The one phrase that came to my mind and keeps coming again and again is, what Jesus told his frightened disciples after his Resurrection when he appeared to them, Fear not, it is me”…… Yes, it is Me, says Jesus to us today. Fear not! God has not abandoned us. Our God is faithful even unto death. This is what we remember during the season of Lent. Let us believe God is with us in it and in-spite of all these. We will get through this though not without hardship or some inconvenience. Nothing is impossible for God! But as people of faith we also need to ask, what God is saying to us through this crisis. Let us pause and listen to Him. I am sure God will have something to tell each one of us. Listen to Him, fear not! This is our Faith.

Friends, I believe our Faith alone can help us to cope with this situation. So this is a great opportunity for all of us to get in touch with the gift of faith we all share.Let us revive and rekindle it to shed its light and hope on our path of darkness. St.Paul exhorted his beloved disciple Timothy who was facing hardship and persecution, “Fan into flame, the gift of faith which you have received”… (2Timothy 1: 6). Our Faith is in Jesus, who conquered all the forces of death and darkness and brought us new life and hope. Let us be assured that He is with us in our Fears, anxieties and worries as he promised, “I will be with you always, till the end of time”. Let us take this as an invitation to pause and to get in touch with the author of our life and destiny. We are just His creatures, not the Creator. As St.Paul says, “In Him we live, move and have our being” Nothing can happen to us without his knowing and will. (Acts. 17: 28). We all stand poor before Him. We need Him more than anything else at this time. Let us turn to God in humility and trust and seek His mercy and protection.

Let us be united with the whole human family in prayer and supplication. Let us specially pray for the people affected, and the doctors, nurses and all the people involved in the care of patients as well as those working for a cure and prevention. Let us entrust ourselves and the whole world to the mercy and protection of God through the intercession of Mary our Mother. Fear not, but trust in Him.

Today is the Feast of St. Joseph a man of immense faith. As I celebrated the Mass of my own Patron saint today, I specially prayed for you all and all your loved one sand prayed for God’s protection.

Pope Francis on this Feast has called everyone, to join him in prayer today at 9:00PM ( our 3:00PM)no matter where you are, any creed or religion to pray, reflect,or meditate for the healing of the world. We can pray at our time as well, do not worry. He called us to pray the Rosary (Luminous Mysteries) or any other Mysteries. So Let us join him in prayer sometime today. You can pray any prayer you like. Psalm 91 is a great Psalm to reflect and pray for God’s protection.

Let us be united in prayer and support each other. Try to pray as a family. Read some passages you like from the Bible. Spent some quality time with your family.Connect or reconnect with your family and friends.

We have also given you some links and references in our Website as well as on the Bulletin.

Please feel free to call the parish or email if you have any questions or concerns.

With Prayers and Blessings.

Fr. Joe.

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