St. Michael Catholic Church

COVID-19 Coronavirus

Masks at Church Beginning July 25
Coronavirus Decisionmaking Principles
  • Love must predominate our relationships, witness and response to the ever-changing circumstances of the year ahead.
  • In accordance with the policies of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, St. Michael Catholic Church and School will take all reasonable steps to assure the health of our students, staff and those who come into contact with us.
  • We cannot eliminate all risk, and we will have to live with some level of uncertainty.
  • We are closely monitoring the CDC, AAP and Minnesota Department of Health for the most up-to-date guidelines to inform our decisions. 
  • Our children, youth and families need a responsible witness of humility and prudence when living in the uncertainty of a pandemic.
  • Our goal is to not have an outbreak of COVID; however, we can not guarantee one will never be exposed.
  • We will not rely on the personal opinion of staff or families to guide our decisions.
  • Anyone whose health concerns surpass the efforts being made by the school is free to choose to not to partner with us in education this year.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

In light of the governor’s mandate, Archbishop Hebda has announced that, beginning this Saturday, July 25th, masks will be required when you come to church unless you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing one. We will have masks on hand if you forget to bring one.

I know this is controversial, but I ask you to be respectful of the archbishop and of those in our community rejoining us now that masks are expected.

Click here to watch Archbishop Hebda’s video on the importance of wearing a mask when you come to church. More information on the governor’s order is available at the links below.

God bless you all, and please continue to pray for a swift end to the coronavirus pandemic.

Fr. Brian Park

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Limited Public Masses, Indoor Confessions Resumed

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Limited public Masses are now available according to our regular schedule. Read Fr. Richards's letter to parishioners from last week for more information; more detailed protocols are also available for review. Please understand that no one is required to attend Mass if they are not comfortable or if it is unsafe for them to do so. The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation continues to be dispensed for all Catholics. If you have tested positive for COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19 or are caring for or living with sick persons, please stay home until your health care provider says it is safe to be around other people.

Confessions have also moved back into the church. They are in the area where people usually wait to go to Confession to allow for both privacy and social distancing. The line for confession will be near the statuary apse. On Tuesday evenings, a second Confession area will set up in the Gathering Space. Please maintain at least six feet in line for Confession.

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