Let us be a community

Let us be a community

We are in a global crisis, a pandemic, and I hope that everyone recognizes that. It will
take all of us to save our community, our nation, our world, and the integrity of our
faith, and stand with the most vulnerable in this urgent time — especially as we adjust
to social distancing and uncertainty about our job, cut wages, even quarantine, and
our loved ones who work in healthcare exposed to the virus. This is the first time in
my life that I have ever faced a situation like this where the church doors are locked
and people have limited access or no access to the sacraments. This is indeed very
disheartening. While our parishes may be physically apart during this time, we want
everyone to be assured we are all in this together.
I am so glad that many of our parishioners have emailed and texted me offering to
help those in need in our communities. This is a great example of a loving community
that reaches out to those in need in time like this. This situation has offered us to find
new and creative ways to deepen community and relationships even without physical
proximity to each other and build solidarity with those on the margins.
We will do the necessary to meet the spiritual and material needs of every member of
our parish communities until everyone can meet again in our parishes for Sunday
Mass. This is a great and personal way to become the communion we need. Now
more than ever, we must hold fast to the great virtue of Hope and help everyone keep
the Faith during this time of coronavirus.
These are the following things that I am doing to meet the pastoral needs of the
faithful:
I will do the daily mass and post them on the website for people to participate in the
Eucharist. We will have access to the church for people to come and pray and receive
communion if anyone wishes to pray and to receive communion. (Please call the
parish office before you come to pray or receive communion).
I will bring communion to the sick and homebound upon request and will be available
on the phone for spiritual direction.
Please make calls to check on our parishioners to ask if they are in need. Please let us
know if you know of anyone who is in need of grocery, pastoral or any need.

Your servant.

Suspending Publicly Celebrated Masses

Dear people of God,

I hope that this email finds you well. Many people are understandably experiencing uncertainty and anxiety due to the spread of COVID-19. The severity of the situation has forced our leaders to make significant changes in our daily lives including suspending publicly celebrated Masses. Archbishop Listecki has suspended the public celebration of Masses throughout the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, effective from Wednesday, March 18, through Friday, April 3.  This includes weekday and Sunday Masses.  (The priests will still celebrate Mass in their parishes, without an assembly, including the Sunday “pro populo” Masses as required by canon law).

 

A sense of community is of the utmost importance. We must encourage each other, take care of each other, pray for each other and stay connected to our faith during this time of social distancing.

Here, you can get access to TV masses:

The Cathedral 9 a.m. Mass is available on Radio 920 AM, WOLF, and the 11 a.m. Mass is live-streamed on the Cathedral website.  Other TV Masses are available on WVTV, My24 at 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., and on WITI Fox 6, at 5:30 a.m.

With prayers,

 

Parish Survey

Please help us by participating in a 10-15 minute survey on line. The survey can be accessed at
www.disciplemakerindex.com from February 23 rd to March 23 rd and will ask you to reflect on
your own spiritual growth and enable you to provide feedback on our parish’s efforts to help
you grow. All responses will be confidential and the parish will only receive information about
the community as whole.
We are trying to get the highest response rate possible. This information will be invaluable to
Fr. Arul and our various ministries as we plan for the future and strive to be the best disciples
we can be. We will receive the results this spring/summer at which time we will share what we
have learned with the entire parish. www.disciplemakerindex.com .