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We, as disciples of Jesus Christ and members of St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church of Ripon, ever grateful for our rich heritage, empowered by our common Baptism and increasingly enriched through lifelong formation and spiritual growth, proclaim the love and teachings of Christ through the sacraments, prayer, worship and service.
Reminder of the Mass Time Change starting this weekend August 15/16.
Masses will be
Saturday at 4 pm
Sunday at 9 am
The Archbishop is relaxing or fine tuning some of the items in the
Catholic Comeback Matrix.
There is still plenty of room at the Masses and social distancing and sanitizing are working well. Hope to see you soon at Mass.
Funerals – at this time we can have funerals in church with a limit of 25% capacity with social distancing
No Funeral Dinners prepared by the Christian Women at this time.
Daily Mass is back. Fr. Davies has decided that there will be two weekday Masses. We have chosen Tuesday, the 4:30 pm Mass and Friday the 8 am Mass. Masses will be in the chapel because of the sanitation necessary after Masses. We believe we can accommodate everyone but if attendance grows we may have to change how we handle the weekday Masses. Doors to the chapel will have to remain open, social distancing (6 ft.) will have to be maintained and Fr. Davies will go to the people to provide communion by the hand. Hand sanitizer will be available at the door and masks are encouraged, just the same as in church on the weekend.
Prayer in the Chapel
We can let you into the chapel to pray if you wish. Please call the office to reserve a time so that we don’t have too many in the chapel and it will allow us to explain what needs to be done and sanitized after you leave.
The Catholic Herald | July 7, 2020 By Fr. Jerry Herda, Vicar for Clergy, Archdiocese of Milwaukee
I recently had coffee with a friend who expressed deep, almost bitter, feelings regarding the Church’s response to COVID-19. He feels like our leadership has “caved” to society’s pressures and have made the priority to keep people safe more important than the need for people to be engaged in the sacraments, and has done some damage to the Church that will be challenging to overcome. Is he right?
Allow me to respond with a few thoughts. First, I am very saddened by how the coronavirus has divided our Church and divided our country. In my role as Vicar for Clergy, almost every day I deal with phone calls and emails from people, some complaining that we should allow communion on the tongue, and some complaining that we should not allow communion on the tongue. Some complaining that we should make masks at Mass mandatory, while others are complaining they don’t want to wear a mask. Some complaining that we should not have re-opened the churches, and others complaining that we are letting the government dictate the Church and we should never have closed the churches. The one thing I know for certain is the devil is working overtime to divide our Church.
Second, this virus is very different from most anything we have ever experienced. It is often referred to as the invisible enemy, and there is so much that we do not know about COVID-19. Some people without symptoms test positive for the virus and are hardly sick from it, while others get severely sick from the virus, some end up in the hospital and, unfortunately, some die from COVID-19.
So, let me tell you a little about the early conversations that the leadership of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee had about this pandemic. The discussion from the very beginning was that we, as a Catholic Church, are a pro-life church. We believe and teach that we should do everything in our power to preserve life. This seems obvious when we talk about abortion, but being a pro-life church also applies with this virus. The reality is that if you get the virus, there is a high likelihood that you are going to infect other people. If you infect the elderly and vulnerable, there is a possibility they are going to die. With this knowledge, we needed to do everything we could, as a pro-life Church, to keep people safe and to prevent the spread of this virus.
Unfortunately, too many people are taking a selfish approach to this virus. Their comments are “don’t tell me what to do,” or “I have the right to do what I want.” With this virus, the decisions we each make can have a profound effect not only on our life but on the lives of others as well.
There is little doubt in my mind that the Catholic Church will have challenging days ahead. So much of what we are doing as a Church is contradictory to what we have been taught. We are telling people to stay away from Mass. For those who come, we have been telling them not to sing, stay away from other people, no handshakes and no hugs. It all seems wrong, but we do so because we are a pro-life Church. We, as both individuals and as a Church, need to do everything we can to keep people safe and bring this virus to an end.
Follow St. Catherine of Siena on Facebook to links to Masses, Stations of the Cross, Devotions.
As I am aware of things I will share them to our Facebook page for all.
CLOSED AT THIS TIME
Contact for curbside pick up available under staff area
located in the school building,
Wednesday from 2:30 to 3:20 pm,
Call parish office for additional times
Local churches and resources including live streaming of the Mass and other prayer services
Holy Family Parish Fond du Lac - http://www.hffdl.org/
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist—Milwaukee - https://www.stjohncathedral.org/
Archdiocese of Milwaukee - www.archmil.org
TV/Radio resources on the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Website -
The Vatican - http://w2.vatican.va/content/vatican/en.html
Formed - https://formed.org/
The Magnificat - https://us.magnificat.net/
The above links are free at this time, until we are through the pandemic.
You can also check out our website for links to additional catholic resources at www.stcatofsiena.org
Follow St. Catherine of Siena on Facebook and I will share any links I find for live streaming Masses, Prayers, Reflections, etc.
If you need anything from me, please give me a call at 920-748-5456 or email at [email protected] and I will see what we can do.
228 E Blossom St (BLM)
St Anne Chapel 218 E Blossom St
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