Brothers and sisters, Here is a video from the archdiocese regarding the Catholic come back. Please watch it and follow it.
Dear sisters and brothers,I hope you are well and excited to return to church in two weeks. I can’t wait to see you in person. Please see the links for this week.
Tuesday: 9:00 Daily Mass: https://youtu.be/VLSGDd1sFBc
please join us virtually to celebrate our faith together as a community.
- 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. https://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.
- 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.
- 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.
BE ALERT ABOUT UNSAFE EMAIL Recently, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has received several reports from parishes and schools about getting an unusual email that appears to come from their pastor. Most questioned the messages because it was not Father’s regular email address and the message seemed suspicious. Unfortunately, others fell victim to this fraud and lost hundreds of dollars.
This particular phishing scam sends messages to parishes across the country. The body of the message usually indicates that the pastor “needs your help” and directs the reader to contact him right away. The next message then asks you to purchase iTunes cards or other gift cards for someone he is trying to help.
The scammers are even personalizing each message with the recipient’s name so it appears as legitimate as possible. They may be using software to look through parish websites and bulletin files to collect names, emails and phone numbers.
Here at St. St. Paul and Sacred Heart of Jesus, we are trying to alert parishioners to this scam. Some common red flags are:
You do not recognize the sender of the message.
▸The email address does not match the person’s name at all.
▸Misspelling in the sender’s domain or in links (like Micorsoft or Bankofarnerica). ▸When you hover your mouse over a link that displays a different domain than the sender.
▸When the only content in the message is a link, nothing else.
▸Subject lines that do not match the content of the message.
▸Bad grammar or illogical text.
▸Attachments that you were not expecting.
If you receive a message that you are unsure about, please call the parish office (4144823510/4144892806) and confirm with the supposed sender or other parish staff whether the request is legitimate. Since we typically do not ask for help in this manner, you can be fairly certain that any message like this is a scam.
click on the link to join us for 15 minutes of contemplation and 15 minutes of physical exercise
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
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.
Holy Mass March 20, 2020