Reopening: Mass Guidelines

Reopening: Mass Guidelines

Updated June 17, 2021

The City of Milwaukee’s mask mandate expired on June 1. In keeping with CDC guidance, masks will be optional at Masses if you are fully vaccinated. Those who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a mask. Anyone who is uncomfortable removing their mask is still welcome to wear it.

Beginning the weekend of June 19-20 we will take down the ropes and resume communion lines.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we safely move forward in hope for an end of the pandemic.

See below for full guidelines.

Mass Guidelines

Before Coming to Mass

Please be sure everyone in your household thoroughly washes their hands for at least 20 seconds before leaving your home. Also, please have everyone use the bathroom before leaving home so that we minimize foot traffic during Mass.

Bring a mask for every member of your household (that is not fully vaccinated) and a bottle of hand sanitizer. We plan to have both masks and hand sanitizer available in the church as long as we can secure supplies moving forward.

When You Arrive at Church

In keeping with CDC guidance, masks will be optional at Masses if you are fully vaccinated. Those who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a mask. Please put your mask on as you exit your car.

Entry and Seating

Social distancing between people not living in the same household is encouraged where possible.

Distribution of Holy Communion

Clergy, with the assistance of the sacristan, will distribute Holy Communion.

Parishioners are encouraged to use hand sanitizer immediately prior to receiving Holy Communion.

Communion is to be received only in the hand in accord with the directives of Archbishop Listecki.

Per the Archbishop, Communion may not be received on the tongue during Mass. Reception on the tongue may be sought after Mass with one of the priests so that the priest can sanitize hands between each communicant.

Consistent with the Archbishop’s directives, the Precious Blood will not be offered at this time.

Replace your mask after receiving Communion.

Fr. John Baumgardner shares his reflections on the Mass in this video from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Updated August 27, 2020

“Celebrate each Mass as if it is your first Mass. Celebrate each Mass as if it were your last Mass. Celebrate each Mass as if it were your only Mass.” (a sacristy in Avila, Spain)

Dear Friends,

Our beloved associate Fr. John quoted this saying a few weeks back about how a priest should approach presiding at the Eucharist. It is good advice not only for a priest, but for all of us who have the unbelievable gift of praying together at Mass.

Because of the pandemic, we have had to adjust how we gather, and are so grateful we have had the YouTube Masses. Thanks to all who have coordinated these efforts. This way of gathering will continue indefinitely into the future.

In his wisdom, the Archbishop has led us in a phased return to in-person Masses at our parish churches. We are at a new stage as he reminds us once again of our obligation to attend Sunday Mass.

Our new schedule for the Family of Four Parishes is on the Mass Times page. We have increased the opportunities for attending Mass in person knowing that we must still be prudent in first of all asking ourselves if we should we return, and secondly what do we all need to do to ensure the health and safety of all who gather, knowing the continuing unfolding of a virus that causes such sickness.

As to the first question, we need to pray and reflect if we should be attending a public gathering, especially if we are in a high risk group for the virus. Church teaching encourages us to use prudence, and we fulfill our obligation even if we are not able to go to Mass in person. Either through the YouTube Mass or other Masses, and time spent each Sunday in quiet prayer, our Lord understands if our decision is made in good conscience.

As to the second question, we will continue with our current protocol of signing up for weekend Masses via our websites, or if you do not have Internet, a call to the parish office. We will continue with the requirements of the Archdiocese as to sanitizing and proper and safe masking and distancing as we open up our public spaces. We must be cautious without being fearful.

Finally, we thank you for your patience, and for your continuing support as programs in the parish and parish school and religious education unfold in the fall. Our beloved parish staff is working hard in all the various ministries we are blessed to share, and we will keep you informed as things start up again.

Thank you for your continuing financial support in keeping our parishes afloat and for the help in supporting the many ways we show our love for Christ’s poor and His command to work for justice and peace for all.

Please know of my prayers for you as your pastor, and my love.

In Christ Jesus, Fr. Tim