April 3, 2020
A message from Fr. Liekhus--
This has certainly been a Lent we will all remember. We all have our own surreal experiences with this quarantine - for me, it has been celebrating Mass in a lonely church without all of you. I very much look forward to when we can gather again as one Body of Christ around His altar. You are all first in my prayers.
If you have not already discovered it, I have been recording daily Mass and putting it on our website. Though you cannot receive the Lord sacramentally in the Eucharist, I encourage you to pray the Mass with me and receive Jesus in your heart spiritually. We have also been (trying) to live-stream the weekend Mass. A lot of trial and error right now, but hopefully better trial and less error in the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience. Also, confession is one sacrament we can celebrate safely, so take advantage of the grace available to you there: 12pm M-F, 8:30am & 3:30pm Saturday, 12:30pm Sunday (our normally scheduled times and places).
And as so many other institutions have been doing, I appeal to you to remember your financial support of the parish. A parish has pride of place in the life of a Catholic, as it is where the global, universal Catholic Church is made present to us locally. As you do in your households, we have continuing expenses that need to be paid. You can sign up for automatic giving on our website, or mail your envelope to the parish. Any support you can give is appreciated.
As disciples of Christ, we have the advantage of knowing Jesus’ love for us in times of trial and suffering. Trust in His presence to you and your family, and let this be an opportunity of growing closer to Him.
Stay at Home, Please!
Most of our parish staff continue to follow the Stay-at-Home order and are working remotely from their homes. Our offices continue to be closed to the public. Confessions will still be available at the times shown in the calendar. Our website is continually updated with the latest information. You can call the office and get your email added to our email blast list for email updates. There are now outdoor containers at each campus—one near the Mainstreet doors, and one at the entrance near the Preston Lane parking area—where you can pick up a paper copy of the weekly bulletin.
Fr. Liekhus will continue to offer a private daily Mass, as well as Sunday Mass, for the good of the faithful and for the Mass intentions of the day. Each Mass will be recorded and posted every morning HERE.
While you cannot receive the Eucharist in this manner, you are invited to make a Spiritual Communion, praying the Act of Spiritual Communion below:
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
It can be difficult to engage prayerfully at Mass when you are not physically there. Click HERE for ideas on how to enter in prayerfully while live streaming, watching on TV or online.
Other ways to keep your spiritual life healthy:
--Visit Formed.org for Catholic media – from video to books to audio – for all ages. Sign up a free account.
--Find other online resources at www.archspm.org/online-formation.
--Join each day in praying with Archbishop Hebda and faithful Catholics throughout the Archdiocese the daily Litany in Time of Need, at 11:05am on Relevant Radio 1330am, www.relevantradio.com or on the Relevant Radio App.
--Attend the Virtual Holy Week Retreat being hosted by the Archdiocese.
We rely on your generosity to continue feeding your spiritual journey. Please help us fund the staff, resources, and operations necessary to support our growing digital ministry by making a one-time or recurring online donation HERE.
Please know that we are praying for you, for all those affected by COVID-19/coronavirus, and for deliverance from this pandemic. We humbly ask for your prayers as well.
In Christ—Fr. Liekhus, Staff, and Parish Leadership