From the Bishop: At this time, 50 % of capacity for Masses and events at our parishes. Keep in mind that the guidelines do require those in attendance to wear masks and that sanitization procedures will be followed to maintain as safe as environment as possible during this time.
There is no longer a need to sign up for Masses. The dispensation from the obligation of attending Sunday and Holy Day Masses remains in effect.
Regarding the Dispensation from Sunday Mass: After a great deal of consultation among the leadership of the priests and inquiry among a number of God’s people, Bishop Callahan has decided reimpose the obligation to attend Mass throughout the diocese at this time. This is not to minimize the importance of the communal celebration of the Holy Eucharist. While this is a departure from the decision of the other bishops in Wisconsin, it is not mean spirited. Bishop Callahan is considering the high number of new COVID cases in the diocese, the growing number of congregants, and the ability of safely social-distancing in our churches. These factors create a large number of situations that bring us back to the very reason why the dispensation was issued in the first place. While the obligation remains dispensed, the commandment to keep holy the Sabbath remains. If you are unable to attend Mass or join the Mass on radio, TV, or via the Internet, then please keep the day holy through the reading of scripture, recitation of the Rosary, or other spiritual activities.
FACE MASK NOTICE
FACE MASK: While there is no statewide or countywide mask mandate, Bishop William Callahan calls on the Catholic faithful to make sacrifices that will benefit others. He strongly encourages the practice of wearing masks by all individuals, 5 years or older, present within all churches or when attending any function associated with the ministry of the Diocese of La Crosse. Bishop Callahan notes that the exercise of limitations, such as wearing masks and social distancing, as difficult and frustrating as they may be, should be viewed as charitable acts offered for others. By doing these simple things and embracing these small sacrifices, Catholics can do their part to ensure that everyone stays healthy and that churches and schools can remain safe environments for all.
St. Mary's I.C. is open Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 9:00am-5:00pm for private prayer.
Wednesday & Fridays 8:15 a.m.
10:00 am Sunday
First Fridays 9 am to 3 pm
A sign-up sheet is located on the table in the entrance of the church. There must be at least one adorer signed up during all hours or the adoration.
Fridays at St. Mary's 7:30-8:00AM
St. Mary's Immaculate Conception News
Year of St Joseph
The Diocesan “Year of St. Joseph” has been extended to December 8, 2021
St. Joseph – We need his intercession! Bishop Callahan is inviting all to celebrate a “Year of St. Joseph”. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pius IX’s decree naming St. Joseph Patron and Protector of the Universal Church. Several events, prayers, and novenas will be available throughout the year. Please follow the Diocesan website at diolc.org for further information and future events.
When we are unable to receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist the Church encourages us to make an act of “spiritual communion,” where we unite ourselves to God through prayer. It is a beautiful way to express to God our desire to be united with him when we are unable to complete that union in the reception of Holy Communion.
Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
Mass Readings for the Week of April 18:
Sunday: Acts 6:13–19; Ps. 4; 1 Jn. 2:1–5; Lk. 24:35–48
Monday: Acts 6:8–15; Ps. 119; Jn. 6:22–29
Tuesday: Acts 7:51–8:1; Ps. 31; Jn. 6:30–35
Wednesday: Acts 8:1–8; Ps. 66; Jn. 6:35–40
Thursday: Acts 8:26–40; Ps. 66; Jn. 6:44–51
Friday: Acts 9:1–20; Ps. 117; Jn. 6:52–59
Saturday: Acts 9:31–42; Ps. 116; Jn. 6:60–69
online at: www.usccb.org/bible/readings
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