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Daily Update for Thursday, March 26

Mar 26, 2020

On Wednesday evening, Archbishop Bernard Hebda issued a statement in support of the governor’s Stay-at-Home Order. Please read the full text of the archbishop’s statement.

In response, the parish office will be closed to the public, and minimally staffed on a modified schedule to support essential operations and emergency pastoral needs.

In keeping with the archbishop’s statement and the exceptions allowed for celebrating and broadcasting the Mass, we will continue to livestream all scheduled Masses to provide for the spiritual needs of our community as best we can. We will reduce the level of support needed for these Masses to a bare minimum, and the support team will be strictly voluntary.

Outdoor confessions and Adoration are being reassessed; currently, we plan to continue until the order takes effect on Friday. Details are below. Please watch these daily updates for additional information or changes.

Cancellations
  • The Thursday, March 26, and Friday, March 27, MOM’s Group meetings are cancelled.
  • The Saturday, April 4, D-Group Leaders Training Breakfast is cancelled.
Sacraments and Prayer

Deacon Greg Steele Has Passed Away. Fr. Richards shared during the livestreamed Mass this morning that Dcn. Greg Steele has passed away. We have no more information to share at this time. Please pray for the repose of his soul and for the consolation of his family and friends.


Livestreaming Continues. Livestreaming of Mass, Perpetual Adoration and Stations of the Cross continues. The livestream link was broken briefly this morning; access the new livestream here. If you experience any issues, contact Jim Thorp at [email protected].

Adoration Continues. Currently, the main church remains open for Perpetual Adoration for regular adorers and visitors, at least until Friday evening. Please abide by the spacing and cleaning protocols posted. If you are a regular adorer and do not want to continue adoring during this period, please don’t hesitate to request a substitute.

Curbside Confessions. Outdoor confessions were scheduled in the church parking lot from 8 to 8:30 AM this morning. They continued until after 9:30 AM, with a line that wrapped around the outside of the main parking lot. One teen who biked to the church waited in line 20 minutes in 30-degree weather for the sacrament. We are looking into whether we can safely and responsibly continue to offer Confessions in this way.

Papal Blessing Friday at Noon. Pope Francis will give a special Urbi et Orbi (“to the city and to the world”) blessing on Friday, March 27, and has invited everyone to participate spiritually online. It will be livestreamed by the Vatican at noon Minnesota time. All who listen can gain a plenary indulgence.

Study and Formation

Virtual 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.

Virtual Catholic Men’s and Women’s Conference. Free online conferences for men and women, featuring outstanding Catholic speakers from across the country, are scheduled for the first week of April. Register online for free.

Learn About Indulgences. The Archdiocese has shared information on a new plenary indulgence the Church is making available to the faithful as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. To learn more about indulgences and this beautiful opportunity:

Giving and Service

Lenten Charity. This Lenten season has provided countless opportunity for prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Please do not forget our parish ministries in the coming weeks. The needs are great, especially without a regular Sunday collection. Mail in or drop off your envelope, complete an electronic funds transfer (EFT) form for automatic withdrawal, or donate online using the Virtual Offertory button on our homepage. God bless you!

 

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