Daily Update for Monday, March 23
Mar 23, 2020
Sacraments and Prayer
- Livestream Masses and Adoration. We continue to livestream all scheduled Masses from the link on our homepage, org. (Friday morning Mass remains at 7:45 AM even though school is not in session.) You can also tune in throughout the day and night to adore the Blessed Sacrament. If you experience any issues with the livestream, contact Jim Thorp at [email protected]. St. Albert is also livestreaming Mass from their homepage, churchofstalbert.org.
- Annunciation Mass on Wednesday at 7:30 AM. We will be streaming a special Mass for the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord this Wednesday at 7:30 AM. Please join us online for this important feast!
- Stations of the Cross. We also plan to stream Stations of the Cross Tuesdays at 1 PM and Fridays at 7 PM. You can follow along at home using this version of the Way of the Cross booklet, though it is meant to be printed back-to-back and folded, so the stations are not in order.
- Curbside Confessions. Our priests continue to hear confessions at all scheduled times at St. Michael. Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24, confession lines will move outside to the sidewalk south of the altar (between the upper and lower parking lots). Staff will be on hand to direct parishioners to the confessionals.
- New Adoration Protocols. As of midnight Monday, the new touchscreen sign-in system is
active in the gathering space for all regular adorers. Simply touch your name using the pen/stylus to sign in at your hour; guest adorers do not need to sign in but can use the touchscreen if they choose. Please do not wipe the screen; we are cleaning it regularly, and sanitizer is available for everyone’s use. Please observe safe distance guidelines by only sitting in marked Adoration pews. Sanitizing wipes are provided to clean your seating area when you leave. (See photo at right)
- Spiritual Communion Prayer. If you are watching the livestream of the Mass, take a moment to make an Act of Spiritual Communion when you would ordinarily receive the Eucharist. The Act of Spiritual Communion is the first prayer in our Coronavirus Essential Prayers.
- Spiritual Communion for Children. Looking for ways to keep your children connected to the church and to Mass from home. Check out Catholic Icing’s Spiritual Communion for Kids page, with printable activities and crafts.
Study and Formation
- Online RCIA Classes. RCIA classes will not meet in person tonight. Dcn. Steve Dupay has posted this week’s lesson online for the group and is hosting a ZOOM meeting at 7:30 PM. If you are in RCIA and do not know how to access the lesson or the meeting, contact him at d[email protected].
- Virtual Catholic Men’s Conference. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has teamed up with Metanoia Catholic and Just a Guy in the Pew Ministries along with many men's conference speakers in creating the Virtual Catholic Men's Conference beginning April 3! Speaker response has been incredible! Fr. Mike Schmitz, Fr. Larry Richards, Jeff Cavins, Dcn. Harold Burke-Sivers, Jason Evert, and Christopher West join VCMC along with many more. Register for free.
- Daily Readings and Reflections. The scripture readings for each day’s Mass, as well as audio and video reflections, are available on the US Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website.
Giving and Service
- Parish Support. Your support of parish ministries is still essential. Donate online using the Virtual Offertory button at org, mail 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 more details.
- Hanover Food Shelf: Hanover Food Shelf is seeing high demand for food from area families in need. To support the community while still adhering to recommendations of social distancing, the food shelf is open normal hours. For those interested in donating food items, there will be a cart stationed inside the main front doors of the St. John Lutheran Church in Hanover to drop your items off.
- Medical Supplies and Support: The Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response, Minnesota Department of Health, is asking that offers for help be funneled to these two places during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Support for Parishioners Needing Assistance: Wright County has a phone number for parishioners who need help getting groceries, etc., during this challenging time. Call 763-682-7607 Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM.