Our celebration of the Mass for the Ascension will be on our website and Facebook page by 5:00 pm today. I hope you can join us sometime this weekend.
I will be hearing confessions today from 4:00 to 4:30, safe distancing being observed.
If you plan to come to Mass physically on May 30/31, you need to call the office to register. This coming week, please call between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm Tuesday through Thursday.
Have the best Memorial Day that you can, under the circumstances. As we remember those who have served our country, let us also pray for those who are serving us now in hospitals, stores, etc.
My next update will be on Tuesday morning. God bless.
Last night my community and I prayed for all of you at 7:00 pm with the “A New Birth to Living Hope” prayer service. I felt comfort in knowing that some of you were praying at the same time.
Next week, with the June The Invitation, you will receive a nomination form for one trustee and three pastoral council members. Please be prayerfully considering nominating yourself and/or others. Thank you.
The Mass for the feast of the Ascension will be on our website and Facebook by 5:00 pm tomorrow.
We are offering an opportunity to “pray together in place” each Thursday evening, while the quarantine lasts. Join us tonight at 7:00 pm for our “A New Birth to a Living Hope” prayer, which you will find here. It is a wonderful feeling to know we are praying together, even though we are in our own homes.
We continue organizing the hospitality teams and liturgical ministers for the first five weekends of celebrating Mass together. Please keep our preparations in your prayers. Thank you.
By now you should have received by mail a letter from me with information on attending Mass, beginning May 30/31. The letter can also be found on our website. The Leadership Team continues to work on putting together hospitality crews for each Mass. Please keep this process in your prayers, that we may come together safely to worship as a community.
We continue to offer an opportunity to “pray together in place” each Thursday evening at 7:00 pm, while the quarantine lasts. Join us tomorrow evening at 7:00 pm for the fourth installment of our “A New Birth to a Living Hope” prayer series, which you will find on our homepage. My community will be accompanying you from our house chapel.
With less than 2 weeks until we return to Mass, we wanted to give you a visual (below) of how the church will be set up as seating will be limited and we will be following social distancing guidelines.
Families will be seated in the outer sections of pews, while individuals or parties of 2 will be seated on the outer edges of the pews in the center sections. Every third pew will be used and the remaining pews will be roped off.
When you arrive at Mass, you will be greeted by a Hospitality Minister who will check you in and direct you to where you will sit. Pews will be filled from the front of church to the back. Once Mass has ended, please remain in your pew until dismissed by the Hospitality Minister.
Please call the parish office at 414-453-3875 to reserve your spot for one of the May 30th/31st Masses. You must call each week (Monday – Thursday) to reserve a space for that upcoming weekend’s Mass.
Both the Stewardship Commission and the Finance Council met last night by Zoom. While stewardship was down in March, April stewardship was pretty much as expected and hopefully May will be, also. So, our finances are stable. Thank you to all who have kept up their financial support of our community. It is appreciated.
The Leadership Team will meet again this morning to come up with hospitality teams that will be overseeing the logistics at the Masses when we start up again. Please keep us in your prayers.
I hope you continue to be well. God bless.
I am sorry to announce that Fr. Patric’s mother, Katheryn Jeanne Petersen, died on Saturday. Please remember her in your prayers. If you would like to send Patric a card, his address is:
Patric Nikolas SDS
1735 N. HiMount Bl.
Milwaukee, WI 53208
The Leadership Team will meet this morning to continue planning for our first limited attendance Masses the weekend of May 30/31. You should have received a letter in the mail with instructions on what you need to do to attend. The information is also on our website. Please keep the Leadership Team in your prayers.
Today we are entering Laudato Si week, through which our bishops urge us to be mindful of the environment as a gift from God to be used wisely. I thank our Justice and Peace Commission, which has been giving us good resources to reflect on and activities (like the river cleanup) in which we can participate.
Please join us as we celebrate the 6th Sunday of Easter. The Mass will be on our website and Facebook at 5:00 pm today.
Confessions will be heard today from 4:00 to 4:30 pm, safe distancing being observed.
And now for the “Gee, Thanks, Mom” Mother’s quote of the day. This last one is courtesy of my mother, Pauline Portland, who used it, always with love and humor, to make sure all her boys didn’t get too full of themselves: “Even a clock that doesn’t work is right twice a day.”
Yesterday I forgot to remind you of the weekly prayer service, found on our website, that we pray together “in place” at 7:00 pm on Thursdays. Hope some of you remembered. My Salvatorian community and I remembered you in a special way. I’ll remember next week!
As I mentioned yesterday, we mailed a letter to each parishioner with information about attending Mass beginning on the feast of Pentecost, May 30/31. It is also posted on our website under “News Highlights.”
This weekend’s Mass will be posted on our website at 5:00 pm tomorrow.
Be assured of my prayers. Stay safe.
“Gee, Thanks, Mom” Mother’s quote of the day:
“If I ever voiced disapproval of a photo of myself, my mother had a ready reply: ‘Want a better picture? Get a better face!’”
May 14, 2020
I am pleased to be writing this letter, because it is a sign that we are getting closer to coming together as the Body of Christ to celebrate the Eucharist. We will begin the weekend of May 30th and 31st with our three Masses at regular times. There are strict guidelines from the diocese that we are to follow, as well as state regulations. An agreement between Wisconsin bishops and the governor’s office says we can have at most 25% occupancy, but with social distancing directives being followed. This means we can accommodate 56 family units of one or more people. Our goal is to get us back together as quickly as possible, while being safe and adhering to directives.
What we are doing: teams will be prepared to make sure things go smoothly and to sanitize necessary surfaces after each Mass. Because of social distancing, we will use every third pew and hospitality ministers will seat you according to the number in your party. There will be a onetime use worship aid, which you will be asked to dispose of as you leave church. There will be only one Eucharistic minister distributing communion and the host will be placed in your hand.
What you need to do:
1. You MUST sign up for Mass each week by calling the office (414) 453-3875. This needs to be done between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm, Monday through Thursday starting on May 26th. You will be asked how many people will be coming with you. When all the spots are filled, no one else can physically attend the Mass. If your preferred Mass is full, perhaps there will be space in another. We will continue to post the weekend Mass on our website and Facebook until all parishioners can attend in person.
2. It is obligatory to wear a mask while you are in church. Please bring your own small bottle of hand sanitizer, if you have one. We will have some sanitizer and a few masks available.
3. Please remember to sanitize your hands as you enter the church.
4. As you enter, you will be given a worship aid and there will be a box for you to deposit your financial support. No collection will be taken up.
5. Please cooperate with the person who will tell you where to sit (certain spaces are reserved for families, for couples, and for singles).
6. Obviously, all these measures will take time, so please plan to arrive 10 or 15 minutes early, and observe social distancing as you wait to enter the church.
7. Finally, food pantries are only accepting cash donations at this time, so please don’t bring any food or clothing with you to church.
Hopefully, with these measures, we can safely begin to worship together as a community.
It is important to remember that the bishop has lifted the obligation to attend Mass through July 5th, so please don’t come back until you feel comfortable. The diocesan guidelines strongly encourage those who are more vulnerable (over 60, underlying health issues, compromised immune system) and those who are anxious about being in a larger group to stay home.
I look forward to the day when all can return safely. Meanwhile, please keep reaching out to those who are isolated.
If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail me.
Paul James Portland, SDS