Thank you to those who joined together “in place” to pray last night at 7:00 pm and I hope you will be able to join us this coming Thursday evening for our third prayer service.
Another opportunity to pray will be at 2:00 pm today, when our country will be re-consecrated to Mary, Mother of the Church. Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles will be leading the re-consecration liturgy, which you will be able to watch live-streamed at https://lacatholics.org/consecration/ or www.facebook.com/usccb. A liturgy guide is available on the USCCB Facebook page. As we place our trust in Mary through this re-consecration, we, as a nation, ask her to intercede for us and give us strength, as we struggle to emerge from the pandemic.
Yesterday I participated in a call that the archbishop had with pastors and parish directors. The tentative date for a first public Mass is May 30/31, the Solemnity of Pentecost, if a parish can be ready by then. The archbishop is calling it a “Catholic Comeback,” to parallel our “Badger Bounceback.” There is a long list of directives, guidelines, and considerations from the diocese and these will develop as the state government sets guidelines. In short, we have to follow size of crowd, safe distancing, and other guidelines. One big challenge might be getting supplies we will need for sanitizing pews, door handles, etc. The parish Leadership Team will look at these guidelines early this coming week and plan how we can move forward. Watch these daily updates for current information and please keep us in prayer, that we make wise decisions.
Finally, remember that the parish bulletin is on our website, usually by Thursday morning, for the coming Sunday. Please read it to keep abreast of what is happening and various resources/opportunities.
Keep safe and God bless.