Daily Update for Friday, April 3
Apr 3, 2020
Blessed Palm Distribution and Holy Week Liturgies
Palm Sunday and Holy Week Masses and services will be livestreamed from the link on our parish homepage, stmcatholicchurch.org.
- Palm Sunday Masses will be streamed like a regular Sunday Mass—however, staff will be outside, with gloves on, distributing blessed palms to those who would like to receive them after each scheduled Mass. Please stay in your cars and follow the signs, and feel free to drop off your offertory at these times.
- 5 PM Mass on Saturday, April 4: Palms distributed after Mass until 7 PM
- 8 AM Mass on Sunday, April 5: Palms distributed after Mass until 10 AM
- 10:30 AM Mass on Sunday, April 5: Palms distributed after Mass until 12:30 PM
- 6 PM Mass on Sunday, April 4: Palms distributed after Mass until 8 PM
- Holy Week liturgies are still being planned. More details will be shared early next week, but in the meantime, please mark your calendars:
- Holy Thursday Mass on April 9: 7:30 PM livestream
- Good Friday Service on April 10: 3 PM livestream
- Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Mass on April 11: 8:30 PM livestream (no 5 PM Mass)
- Easter Sunday Masses on April 12: 8:30 and 10:30 AM livestreams (no 6 PM Mass)
Perpetual Adoration will continue until Holy Thursday at 6 PM, then will cease until Easter Monday. We will have Adoration of the Lord in the tabernacle via livestream or in person using current safety protocols until 11 PM Thursday. After that, the church will be closed to Adoration until Monday morning, and the livestream will only be active during the liturgies listed above. Please watch for details in the coming days.
Sacraments and Prayer
First Saturday Mass. Join us for the livestream of our monthly First Saturday Mass in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary this Saturday, April 4, at 8 AM. The livestream link is on our homepage, stmcatholicchurch.org.
Livestreamed Masses, Rosaries, Adoration and Stations of the Cross. All scheduled weekend Masses as well as Perpetual Adoration will be livestreamed from our homepage, stmcatholicchurch.org, as well as Stations of the Cross Tuesdays at 1 PM and Fridays at 7 PM. We are also livestreaming rosaries after daily Mass on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; Tuesdays at 6 PM; Saturdays at 4:30 PM; and Sundays at 7:30 AM.
Confessions Schedule. Confessions continue in the St. Michael Catholic Church parking lot—please drive in and follow the signs and cones. Scheduled Confession times at St. Michael are as follows:
- Tonight (Friday), 6 PM
- Saturday, April 4, 7:30 AM-7:45 AM; 8:30-9 AM and 3:30 PM
- Sunday, April 5, 9:30 AM
- Monday, April 6, 7 PM
- Tuesday, April 7, 5:15 PM
The last opportunity for confession prior to Easter Sunday is Tuesday, April 7, 5:15 to 6:15 PM. There will be no confessions Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday.
Study and Formation
Free e-Conferences Begin Today. Join more than 30,000 Catholic men and women who are registered for free online conferences for men and women, featuring outstanding Catholic speakers from across the country, this Friday through Sunday. Register online for free at virtualcatholicconference.com.
Online Holy Week Retreat. The Archdiocese is inviting all the faithful to participate in a free, week-long, virtual Holy Week Retreat beginning Palm Sunday, April 5, and culminating with the Easter Vigil Mass from the Cathedral of Saint Paul on April 11. Details are available on the Archdiocese Holy Week webpage, archspm.org/holyweek/.
Giving and Service
Virtual Offertory. Your support of our parish ministries is still essential. Donate online using the Virtual Offertory button at stmcatholicchurch.org, mail in or drop off your donation at the parish office, or complete an electronic funds transfer (EFT) form to contribute directly from your bank account. Call 763-497-2745 for details.
Financial Update. Thank you for your continued generosity while Mass is temporarily suspended. A special shout out to those who’ve taken time to mail or drop off envelopes, and those who’ve taken advantage of our online giving option. Your support is critical to the continued operations of the parish at this most challenging time. We’ll be putting out a financial update next week that provides a summary of how we’re holding up with the restrictions on Mass. Please know we are working diligently to control expenses so we maintain our sound financial condition. Unfortunately, this meant furloughing a number of our dedicated staff members at the church and the school this week. As furloughed employees their benefits will remain intact, and they will be eligible to return to their positions once we return to normal operations. Please keep them and their families in your prayers.
We are blessed to have dedicated parishioners and staff at such a difficult time. We’re looking forward to the time when we can come together again as a parish family.