March 18, 2020
Dear Parishioners,

Thank you for your feedback regarding the daily update, for which many of you have expressed your appreciation. Again, if you know someone who does NOT get the eNews, you can either share this information with them, OR advise them to call the parish office to get on the eNews list by providing their email address.

All updates shared here will immediately be added to the website for your easy reference.
  • The parish office will hours are now 8:30AM-12PM, effective Thursday, March 19.
  • The school office and entire school building WILL BE CLOSED EFFECTIVE AT 3PM ON MARCH 18 (today!). No school staff or outside persons will be permitted into the building so that it can be fully sanitized. Open date TBD.
  • After Mass morning gathering is highly discouraged at this time.
  • The kitchen is closed for contamination reasons as well.
  • Extreme measures are being taken care of by our maintenance staff to continually sanitize and clean all surfaces to avoid contamination and the spread of germs.
  • Hymnals have been removed from the church to prevent cross contamination.
  • Funerals will be limited to immediate family with no visitation and no luncheon. This is an interim protocol determined based on guidelines from the federal government and CDC to not exceed 10 persons in a single gathering.
  • Adoration has been moved into the church as a way to maintain our perpetual adoration, but allow for social distancing. Scheduled adorers will follow normal adoration protocol until directed otherwise.
Did you know we have a YouTube channel for the church and school? WE DO! You can find a cache of videos we've made over the last few years there for your reference. In addition, this can be an exciting way for us to communicate during these times of challenge. However, we can get more flexibility and more options for live-streaming IF you SUBSCRIBE to our channel! We need to get to 1,000 subscribers to open up more options of getting videos and content, even live Masses, into your virtual hands.

Can you help us out and SUBSCRIBE TODAY? Here's how....
  • Visit our YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE.
  • In the right corner click the RED button that says, SUBSCRIBE. (see picture below)
  • If you have a YouTube account, you will need to sign in.
  • If you do NOT have a YouTube account, you simply can use any email account to create one and then be able to subscribe to our YouTube page.
For precautionary reasons, and with guidance from the CDC regarding social distancing and limiting gatherings of 10+ persons, the following determinations have been made about parish events occurring over the next week:

  • RE (3/18): RE sessions CANCELED
  • RE Confessions (3/18): CANCELED (updated 3/17)
  • Confessions (3/18): CANCELED (updated 3/18)
  • Wine & Wisdom (3/19): CANCELED
  • Adult Choir Rehearsal (3/19): CANCELED
  • Stations of the Cross & Benediction (3/20): CANCELED
  • Communion Prayer Service (3/21): CANCELED
  • AA Meeting (3/22): no longer onsite

**Commission, council, and other meetings are not operating onsite and are up to discretion of the leaders/liaisons whether to hold these elsewhere or virtually. Journey of Faith and Friday Faith Study are CANCELED. All liturgies will continue as planned BUT will be assessed daily with direction from the Archdiocese and the CDC.

Please continue to practice good personal hygiene and promote that practice in the workplace and at church. And please continue to pray for all those currently impacted by this virus and those who are working so hard to contain and find treatments. 

Disclaimer: events that remain scheduled for now are conditional upon further instructions/guidance.
ALL IN resources ... when we are ALL IN(side)

If you are able to offer help to others in need during this time of crisis, you can drop off canned goods and non-perishables at either Whiskey Inferno, Hwy 13 in Savage (at last check they are operating as a drop-off site for a food shelf) or at VEAP in Bloomington (beginning March 23). You can also offer monetary assistance to help others locally at ROCK and VEAP .

If your are a healthy symptom free individual at least 18 years of age, please consider the life-saving benefits of giving blood. To find a donation location near you, please CLICK HERE.
Prayer for protection during the Coronavirus

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick. At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus' pain, with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need. We are certain that you will provide, so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee, joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the Father's will and to do what Jesus tells us: He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen. We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our pleas—we who are put to the test—and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

Pope Francis
Relevant Radio is presenting daily Mass options! Mass is at noon central time M-F with weekend options as well. Click the link below to listen!
You are invited you to join us online for daily Mass from Bishop Barron's chapel, celebrated either by Bishop Barron himself or by Fr. Steve Grunow, CEO of Word on Fire. The video will be posted below at 8:15AM ET each day.