No Sunday Mass Obligation
Bishop David Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay has dispensed with the obligation to attend Mass this weekend and for the three upcoming weekends (March 14-15, 21-22, and 28-29). This means that you do not have an obligation to attend Mass for the next three weekends. Limiting all large gatherings is an important way to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. (See the attached dispensation and press release.)
St Thomas More will still plan to offer Mass for those who wish to attend. While many of you may wisely decide to stay home (remember, there is no obligation the next three weeks), we are also taking additional precautions at St. Thomas More for those who do attend Mass and for our outreach to the sick and homebound (see attached memorandum Re: Coronavirus outbreak).
In addition, the following upcoming events have been canceled or postponed indefinitely:
- Friday Stations of the Cross - POSTPONED INDEFINITELY
- Lenten Fish Fry - POSTPONED INDEFINITELY
- Choir at our 10 am Mass - POSTPONED INDEFINITELY
- Pre-school during Mass - POSTPONED INDEFINITELY
- Children’s Liturgy of the Word during Mass - POSTPONED INDEFINITELY
- Women’s Welcome Weekend (formerly CRHP) - POSTPONED INDEFINITELY
- Alpha - POSTPONED INDEFINITELY
- All Small groups and bible studies meeting at STM - POSTPONED INDEFINITELY
We will continue to evaluate as time passes about the wisest course of action.
What to do in the meantime
Pray! Please pray for all those who are infected with COVID-19 and other illnesses and for those who are filled with fear and anxiety. Watch Mass on TV or listen on the radio. Rally as a family and grow in your love for one another. Discover Jesus in the midst of trial. Read the bible. Pray the rosary and chaplet of Divine Mercy. Point out God-moments and give thanks. Do not let the fear of this virus disturb your inner peace and calm, which comes from God alone. He walks with us in this time.
Act! While we may be experiencing “social distancing,” we are still united as the Body of Christ. Share and do not hoard. Be attentive to the vulnerable. Consider calling a person you know who might long for a visit. Check in with those who are vulnerable if you are healthy. Thank those who are on the front lines (healthcare workers, police, firefighters, sanitation workers, custodians, etc… ).
Give! If you are not attending Mass you are still able to give to St. Thomas More electronically by using the “Donate” button on our website.