Parish Procedures for Returning to the Public Celebration of Sunday Mass
Beginning Pentecost, May 30 and 31, 2020
- Your obligation to attend Sunday Mass is still lifted.
- The following people may want to stay at home:
- those who are older than 60 years-of-age;
- those with underlying health conditions;
- those who feel anxious about gathering in groups at this time.
- Attendance for any Mass is limited to 200 persons (25% of the seating capacity of the church).
- You must sign up to attend a Mass at least 12 hours before the start of the Mass by either of the following two methods:
- Preferred Method: Click on the Sign Up for Sunday Mass link in the drop-down Home menu at the top of this page and use Signup Genius to sign up. You must include the correct number of people (Quantity) and the name(s) of the attendee(s).
- Alternative Method: Call 715-650-7751 and give the time of Mass and the name(s) of the attendee(s).
- Those not signed up for Mass will not be able to enter the building.
- You must enter through the main door of the church on 5th Street.
- Anyone entering the building, except the priest and those reading, must wear a face mask. Please bring your own if possible. There will be a very limited number of face masks available for those who forget to bring their own or do not have their own. Gloves are optional.
- Upon entering, you will need to:
- confirm your name on the sign up list,
- sanitize your hands,
- have your temperature taken.
- You must be escorted by an usher via the center aisle to a pew. Seating will be in every other pew and only in the main body of the church.
- Persons who live in the same household can sit together; persons who do not live in the same household must sit six feet apart.
- You will need to pay close attention to the social distancing floor markings and to the ushers’ important social distancing instructions, especially during the reception of Communion.
- You will come forward for Communion via the side aisles and return to your seats via the center aisle.
- To receive Communion, you will go to one of eight stations across the front of the sanctuary following the directions given by the ushers regarding approaching and leaving.
- Father Robertson will bring Communion to each recipient.
- The ushers will release you by rows, and you must exit via the side aisles and by one of the two doors on the south end of the church facing the back parking lot.
- Bulletins will be handed to those who wish to take one by ushers wearing gloves outside the church.
- Please do not congregate outside the church or in the parking lots.
- The sacristy restroom (accessed from behind the altar) will be the only restroom available and must be sanitized after each use.
- The church will be sanitized after every Mass.
Parish Census Currently we are conducting a parish census. With the onset of the Coronavirus, Father Robertson sent out a letter and an email. So many were returned because of incorrect addresses that it was clear we needed to do a census to get all of our information up to date. Volunteers are calling parish families for the vital information we need to communicate effectively with everyone. We especially need current addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, and cell phone numbers. We will also be updating any sacramental records we are missing.
Read Sacred Scripture It is always good to reflect on the Scriptures as we do at every Mass. Since we cannot gather for the Sacred Liturgy in this present moment, we do have resources at hand to assist us in achieving this. You may have a bible of your own. The Church offers us a set of readings for each day of the year; a listing of these can be found here. You can find these complete readings here at the site of United State Conference of Catholic Bishops and in audio format here. The bishops of the United States also provided us with daily reflections on the readings offered by priests, deacons, religious, and the lay faithful; theses can be found here..
Pray the Rosary The Rosary is a very old and beloved prayer of the Church that we use to meditate on the mysteries of the life of Christ and his Blessed Mother. Catholics turn to this prayer in times of trouble. This prayer can offer us solace and comfort in this troubled time. For a brief explanation of the Rosary and directions on how to properly pray it click here. Traditionally, this prayer was often prayed together as a family; perhaps during this time when we cannot gather together for Mass we can gather as a family to pray the Rosary. During the Season of Easter it is recommended that we pray the Glorious Mysteries.
Divine Mercy Chaplet The Divine Mercy Chaplet, is a devotion based on the apparitions of Jesus reported by Saint Faustina Kowalska (1905–1938), a Polish religious sister of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. It is prayed using ordinary rosary beads of five decades. For a guide on how to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet click here. To read an article from the National Catholic Register about the Divine Mercy Chaplet devotion, click here.