From The Pastor’s Desk
Dear Friends in Christ,
Happy Pentecost! It is an especially joyous Solemnity this year, because we are finally back to public Masses and the reception of Holy Communion. It is a joy to welcome so many of our parishioners back.
Of course, our priority remains the health and safety of our community. Please make prudent decisions for you and your family regarding your participation, and please maintain social distancing at all times when on the church property.
In the past two months, as we have driven around town, it was easy to notice the busy parking lots of grocery stores and big box retailers. It was very sad to see our parking lot empty on Sundays. The Church is essential, and it is important that we make every reasonable effort to reopen. I think that Archbishop Listecki’s plan for a gradual return is both reasonable and prudent, but it is not without risk. Kindly remember, if you are not ready to return to public Masses at this time, the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass extends through July 5, 2020. Of course, we continue to pray for an end to the pandemic and for a healing of the physical and economic health of our nation.
As we gradually return to the public celebration of Sunday Mass, we are delighted to welcome our new Associate Pastor, Fr. Patrick Magnor. He was ordained just a few weeks ago and is excited to begin his priestly ministry at St. Alphonsus. We are blessed to have him. Welcome, Fr. Patrick!
Confessions are being offered every Saturday at 3:30 p.m., in the chapel. Daily Mass, Rosary, and Eucharistic Adoration will return at a future date. Please pay careful attention to the bulletin in the weeks to come, and please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
-Fr. Aaron J. Esch
Notes For Attending Sunday Mass
The temporary Mass schedule is as follows:
Saturday Masses will be held at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Sunday Masses will be held at 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
All faithful in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee are dispensed from the obligation of attending Mass through July 5, 2020. Please carefully consider your own health situation before attending Mass.
We ask all parishioners to park in the main parking lot and enter through the main church doors. This is to help monitor the capacity limits, which must be in place.
When entering the church and finding a seat, please always observe the social distancing guidelines.
Consider bringing your own hand sanitizer and masks. As you enter the building, hand sanitizers will be in place at the doors for you to sanitize your hands.
Do not come to Mass if you are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms.
Please note that Mass will be simple and brief. The archbishop has stressed that this is a gradual return to Sunday Mass. Things will not be as you are accustomed to. The important thing is our opportunity to return to corporate worship of Almighty God and the opportunity to receive Holy Communion.
When coming forward for Communion, please maintain the 6-foot social distancing guideline. Communion to the homebound will not be offered until further notice.
Following the conclusion of Mass please exit the church in an orderly fashion, maintaining social distancing. Since the church must be sanitized after each Mass, we ask that you do not linger in the Church or the Gathering Space.
Until further notice, Confessions will be heard on Saturdays at 3:30 p.m., in the Chapel.
Please exit the church in an orderly fashion, maintaining social distance at all times.
We ask your continued prayers for an end to this Pandemic.