Coronavirus Information

FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE

Archdiocesan COVID-19 Updates

Including links to letters to the faithful, resources for parishes and schools, and links to daily video reflections from our bishops. You have seen or heard of the cancellation of public Holy Week and Easter Masses.

Here is the letter from Archbishop Listecki to the clergy and administrative services directors in the Archdiocese, which includes other procedures and practices for the duration of the public health emergency. Fr. Ray has abstracted those which are most relevant to the faithful, and included them in his March 25 newsletter. (If you haven’t subscribed, please do – the link is to the upper right of this section.)

LETTER FROM FR. RAY

A Message from Fr. Ray.

A recommendation for prayer, and a comprehensive messages on what activities and services will and will not be taking place at St. Robert in response to the Coronavirus.

Parishioners are urged to sign up for our Parish email newsletter, which will also include the latest information from Fr. Ray. Among other things, the newsletter is much more suited than the weekly Bulletin to distribute rapidly-changing information! Please use the link in the orange box at the upper right to sign up.

The latest newsletter includes this message:

“Dear Parishioners,

I am trying to get across as much as I can to support us as a parish going forward at this time. I have heard from people on a number of Issues and have tried to do what we can do at this time. I would like again to stress that our two Churches are open for prayer and quiet time with the Lord, as well at St. Robert for Confessions. The times 11:00-1:00pm at St. (with confessions) and 4:30-6:00pm at Holy Family. Again I ask that you please make sure only ten at the most are in the building or we will be forced by government stipulations to close our doors. Hence if you see people outside waiting to get in we ask you to make sure others have the ability for a visit also. As Archbishop Listecki said today in his letters to the Priest and Parish Directors because of the nature of the situation we need to follow the civil regulations because they provide the safety needed for those of our community who are most vulnerable to the Virus. Hence sacrifices must be made for the many.

Also Religious Education has a note to continue our works of alms giving during this Lenten Season. Again know that all of you are in our prayers and thoughts during these trying times.

Fr. Ray Guthrie

SUNDAY MASS VIDEO

While public Masses have been suspended, please check our YouTube channel for recordings of Sunday Mass.

CHURCH HOURS FOR CONFESSION AND SILENT PRAYER

Father Enrique Hernandez will open the Church Tuesday-Friday from 11:00am—1:00pm ONLY for Confessions and silent Prayer. We ask if you come for Confession to please keep space between one another.

PARISH OFFICE CLOSED TO PUBLIC

The Parish Office is closed to the public until further notice. (We will most likely re-open after April 3.) If you need to contact us, please call (414) 332-1164 or use our web contact form. If you need to drop something off, please use the silver drop box outside the office entrance; it is emptied daily. More info.

COR JESU DURING THE SUSPENSION OF PUBLIC MASS

St. Robert’s and the JPII House are well-arranged to offer an alternative way to remain communally united to the Sacrifice of the Mass in person – rather than on-screen – while also observing all prudence and avoiding interpersonal contact. Please see the letter from Fr. John Burns for details on how Cor Jesu will take place until public Mass resumes.

RESOURCES

Prayer of Spiritual Communion

“My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire you with all my heart. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I ask you to come spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already in my heart and I unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.” – St. Alphonsus Ligori

Courageous Communion: Daily Living for Quarantined Catholics

Courageous Communion is an invitation to enter into deeper communion and bring others along. Through practical ideas, inspiration, and live-streamed remote events, Courageous Communion will prepare you to not only survive, but thrive, and be drawn into deeper communion with God and neighbor. Get the details HERE.

Friday, March 13th Press Conference from Archbishop Listecki

Magnificat or Word Among Us – With many unable to attend Mass, these resources have given free access to anyone.

Formed.Org – An online Catholic catechetical resource for just about anything/everything.

Reflection & Prayer from the USCCB

Teachable – An online teaching platform.

Zoom – A FREE online meeting platform.

The CDC and the WHO recommend several basic measures to help prevent the spread of Covid-19

  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Contact a health worker if you have symptoms; fever and a dry cough are most common.
  • DON’T touch your face.
  • DON’T travel if you have a fever and cough.
  • DON’T wear a face mask if you are well. More information on why.
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