Daily Update for Wednesday, March 25
Mar 25, 2020
This afternoon, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued a stay-at-home order, urging all Minnesotans to avoid any unnecessary travel or interaction, beginning Friday, March 27, at 11:59 PM through Friday, April 10. We are looking at the details of these restrictions and awaiting further direction from the archdiocese concerning the sacraments, the spiritual needs of our parishioners and Holy Week liturgies. Please watch these updates in the coming days for more information.
Sacraments and Prayer
Pray for the Thunder Family. Please pray for parishioner Ken Thunder and his family. Ken was hospitalized Monday night with COVID-19 and is now in the ICU. Please lift him, his wife Rose, and their family up in prayer. Pray for a complete recovery and a swift end to this outbreak.
Livestream Mass and Adoration. We continue to livestream all scheduled Masses as well as Perpetual Adoration. The livestream link is also on our parish homepage. If you experience any issues, contact Jim Thorp at [email protected].
Curbside Confessions. Yesterday, confessions moved to the sidewalk outside the church. Check out the photos and video on our parish Facebook page. We continue to look for better options to provide the sacrament of Reconciliation.
Special 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 the faithful who listen (even electronically) can gain a plenary indulgence.
Study and Formation
Virtual Holy Week Retreat. In the event that the state of Minnesota’s request that residents refrain from large gatherings continues through the middle of April to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is offering a virtual Holy Week retreat and inviting all to participate. The week-long retreat – planned and organized by Bishop Andrew Cozzens – begins Palm Sunday (April 5) with Mass from the Saint Paul Seminary and culminates with the Easter Vigil Mass from the Cathedral of Saint Paul 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, watch this video from Archbishop Hebda or read the complete Archdiocesan letter.
Giving and Service
Sharing and Caring Hands Dropoff Box Closed. We are closing the Sharing and Caring donation box until further notice as a public health precaution. For information on how you can help Sharing and Caring Hands during the outbreak, see their website.
Love Thy Neighbor. Without a collection, and with many people facing financial uncertainty, we hope those of you who are able will still contribute to our mission. Visit our parish homepage at stmcatholicchurch.org for easy giving options. Thank you for your generous support!
Wright County Help. If you or someone you know need help with food, transportation, medication access, mental health care or services for seniors, visit co.wright.mn.us/948/Resources. If you cannot find the information you need, text or call the Wright County coronavirus hotline at 763-682-7607. This number is monitored Monday-Friday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM. The hotline is for non-emergencies; if you are experiencing an emergency, call 911.
State of Minnesota Hotlines. Questions specific to COVID-19, such as those about symptoms or getting tested, should be directed to the Minnesota Department of Health at (651) 201-3920. Questions about community mitigation (i.e. schools, childcare centers, businesses) should be directed to the State of Minnesota at 651-297-1304.