Fifth Sunday of Lent
March 13, 2020
***In response to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, Bishop Malloy has issued a dispensation from Sunday Masses to all who are 60 years or older who have increased vulnerability to the virus and to persons of any age who may feel uncomfortable in large gatherings.
The Mass schedule will continue without shaking hand at the sign of peace and all communion ministers will use hand sanitizer before distributing Holy Communion. Please pray for a quick end to the out break of this virus.***
St. Mary’s School is closed due to the virus until further notice. All students will be home and engaged in e-learning at this time.***
The Adoration Chapel will closed until further notice. We have received direction from the Archdiocese to close until further notice. The doors unfortunately have been locked until we receive direction to reopen.
All Masses will be canceled effective 3/18/2019, please read the “What-is-a-Dispensation-from Mass” in the below link. The Church doors will remain open for individual prayer between 8 am to 4 pm. daily.
This Man is You has been cancelled until April 18.
KC Meeting has been cancelled for April.
The Stations of the Cross & Soup dinner have been canceled. The church will be open for anyone that wishes to do stations of the cross privately.
Nativity Auction has been cancelled. It has not been rescheduled at this time.
St. Mary School Gala has been cancelled, it will be rescheduled at a later date.
Masses: Bishop David J. Malloy will begin offering Sunday Mass online beginning Sunday, March 22 at 9 a.m. He will continue through the suspension of public Masses in the Rockford Diocese.
Bishop Malloy will also offer a devotion and/or reflection every Wednesday at 12 noon.
The Mass and devotions can be accessed and viewed on the Diocese of Rockford website at www.rockforddiocese.org and on the Diocese of Rockford Facebook page.
Daily (Tues, Wed, Thurs & Friday) Masses will be offered in private by Fr. Peter along with Sunday Masses. These Masses will be placed on a new Facebook page: Mary Church (St. Mary Church) and the Mass Intentions offered in these private Masses this week are as follows:
- 3/28 – Joseph Burns
- 3/29 – Patricia Francois & Nativity BVM & St. Mary Parishioners
- 3/30 – Jim Feltes
- 3/31 – Dale & Joanne Macke
- 4/2 – Doris Splinter & Joe Trannel
- 4/4 – Donald & Elizabeth Schmit
- 3/28 – Clarence & Mary Splinter
- 3/29 – Jerry Heitkamp
- 4/1 – Jim Heitkamp
- 4/3 – Joe & Viola Rojemann
Masses on Monday & Saturday mornings will be offered by Fr. Knepper in private masses as well.
Supporting your Church and keeping it Strong –This is a very difficult time for everybody, and we know that each person and each family must look closely at their financial resources in these next few weeks. Your fist obligation is to make sure you have the resources that you need and that your family members also have the resources they need. We may have to reach out and share some basic resources at this time.
If you have the financial resources at this time, we would ask that you consider to continue your weekly offering even if Mass is not offered. This will ensure that we will be able to keep our Parish Church going in these next weeks and that we will resume daily and weekly Masses, and all parish ministries when we get through the Coronavirus Pandemic together as a nation, as a community, and as a parish.
You can mail in your offering, drop it off at the Parish Office during hours of operation, or at St. Mary’s, you can come pray in the church, and drop it in the media/prayer pamphlet cabinet to your left when you enter the church. There is a locked drawer with a slit for orders.
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