Livestream the Mass and Adoration here.
Parish Families: You have probably heard by now that Archbishop Hebda has suspended all public Masses for the next two weeks. If you have not already read his letter to the faithful from last night, I encourage you to do so. It can be found on this webpage.
In light of Archbishop Hebda’s announcement, we continue to look at new ways of drawing closer to Christ and as a community in this challenging time. As things currently stand:
- A livestream of the sanctuary and altar is running 24/7 and can be accessed from the parish homepage.
- Perpetual Adoration continues in the main church, so that Adorers can spread out. You can also adore from home using the livestream.
- Fr. Joe and I plan to offer the scheduled Masses from the main altar for the next two weeks with the intentions that are printed in the bulletin, so you can celebrate with us at home.
- We are discussing the possibility of livestreaming Stations of the Cross or a daily Rosary and working on creative possibilities for celebrating the Mass in the coming days.
- In the meantime, I want to stress the importance of holy obedience, internally and externally, to the Archbishop as the shepherd of our souls. Obedience is not a popular virtue in our American and largely Protestant culture. Please do not attempt to attend Mass in person.
Again, the best source of ongoing information from our parish is this webpage. If you have any questions, please call our parish office at 763-497-2745.
Please pray that this outbreak comes to a swift end, and that our longing for the Eucharist be deepened and sustained even after Masses resume as usual. God bless you all!
Fr. Peter Richards
March 19, 2020
All Public Masses Suspended for the Archdiocese
Parish Cancellations and Changes
March 18, 2020
Please read the Archbishop’s letter announcing his decision to cancel public Masses immediately for the next two weeks at the link below. For us, that will begin immediately after tomorrow morning’s celebration of the Solemnity of St. Joseph at St. Michael, Thursday, March 19, at 7:30 AM, according to our current guidelines for celebration of Mass during these trying times. Public attendance of Stations of the Cross will be canceled for two weeks, as well.
I have heard from many of you about your sadness, and I concur with the Archbishop’s sorrow about this announcement. Please read his whole letter. He is a great Archbishop and makes many great spiritual recommendations. I would like to point out two things.
First, the next two weeks are critical, and there will be a re-evaluation after two weeks in relation to the reports of civil authorities. Secondly, priests are working with the lay faithful to find creative ways to offer Mass to a limited amount of faithful, and that includes at our parishes. Please stay tuned!
Remember, all of this is uncharted territory. I know you are praying for your priests and leadership. We are praying for you.
God bless you! You are the best parishioners anywhere!
Fr. Peter Richards
Currently, COVID 19 protocols still permit priests to give the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick or last sacraments in the usual circumstances for them to be celebrated. Contact the parish office at 763-497-2745 to request these sacraments.
Please pray for those who are sick and for a swift end to this outbreak.