Listed below are several resources to help us through the current health crisis ...
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, composed a prayer asking Mary, Health of the Sick, to intercede for us during this pandemic. Please join us in prayer.
Prayer to Mary, Health of the Sick
O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm. You, Mother of the Divine Physician, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy after this time of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
Continuing Parish COVID Protocols
As we continue to learn to live with COVID-19 in our midst, and adjust to the changing variants, I am thankful for our pastors and parish leaders and their diligence in continuing the protocols already in place to help people feel safe while attending Mass. The protocols may include clearly designated areas for mask wearing and social distancing, as well as providing hand sanitizer and extra cleaning.
When possible, those who hold large parish meetings where social distancing options are not available, may consider changing to virtual attendance or postponing for now.
While there has been no outbreak of COVID-19 from Mass attendance, I’d like to encourage people to exercise personal responsibility. Those who feel sick, or who are especially at risk of health complications, should stay home and watch Sunday worship on the many Masses broadcast on TV and live-streamed on social media until they feel comfortable returning to in-person Mass. In those situations, or for those taking care of someone who is sick, Sunday Mass attendance is excused.
Our Sunday worship is a joyful obligation. It is a witness to God as the priority in our lives. By remaining diligent in these ways, we help ensure our parishioners feel safe attending Mass and can continue experiencing the connectedness of our parish communities, which is such a vital part of our lives.
Yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee
The Catholic Comeback
To read the Archdiocese "Catholic Comeback Matrix" Version 7 (Issued February 25, 2021) - please click here
To read the Archdiocese Guidelines for "Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist" - please click here
To read the Archdiocese Guidelines for "Communion Visits to the Homebound" - please click here
To read the Archdiocese Guidelines for "Music Ministry" - please click here
To view the Archdiocese "Guidelines for Returning to Mass" video - please click here
To read the Archdiocese "Return to Mass Directives" - please click here
Step Out Stronger
Leave Quarantine Closer to Christ
Our days in isolation due to the pandemic will come to an end. When they do, will you emerge weaker or stronger in your faith?
Choose to use the month of May in order to come out stronger. In these 30 days, rather than dwelling on what we might be missing, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee invites you to focus on Jesus, giving one percent of each day in prayer (that's 15 minutes) and living out your prayer by doing one concrete action to grow in love for God and neighbor.
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Catholic Charities Senior Hotline
Are you concerned about an older neighbor or loved one? Growing isolation and loss of community supports can lead to tragedy for the most vulnerable. To help seniors who are in need of extra care during the coronavirus emergency, Catholic Charities staff will call, visit, and follow-up to check in on how they are doing. We are able to assess needs and offer help. We can provide a care package of food and supplies or just be there to listen. Call our Senior Hotline, 414-771-6063, to share the name and number of your neighbor in need.
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Catholic Charities Outreach
If you know:
An elderly or disabled adult
A refugee/immigrant/Spanish-speaking family
A pregnant woman
who is isolated, unable to care for themselves, and has no support, call Catholic Charities.
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Additional Outside Resources
There are other sites available to help you through the pandemic, please click on the links below to be taken to these other sites ...