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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.
August 8th - DRIVE THRU/CURBSIDE CHICKEN DINNER
The menu includes: baked chicken 4 pieces (1/2), stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, cranberries, dessert and a fork. This meal will be available through presale tickets from the office or church. The cost of the tickets will be $10.00 for all meals. Dinners will be available starting at 5 pm until gone or 7 pm. If you wish to purchase tickets - email [email protected] and we will make arrangements to get the tickets to you.
Big Raffle - The raffle winners will be drawn at 2 pm on Friday, August 21st from the porch of the office. Because we cannot mail raffle tickets, we will have them available on the porch during office hours (weather permitting) and will give every meal purchaser the day of the event a packet of tickets with instructions on how and when they should be returned to the office
Drive Thru Pick Up – the line(s) will form in the parking lot next to the parish office off of Blossom St and meals will be distributed below, thru the gym doors in the hall. We will have people coming to the cars, collecting tickets and returning with the meals. Just watch the orange cones in the parking lot to get your dinners. We should be able to have two lines going so the wait will not be long.
Confirmation has been rescheduled for August 16th at a separate Mass.
Attendance restrictions will be in place as well as social distancing and face masks are strongly encouraged at this Mass.
Fr Davies will be confirming and the retired priests of the parish (Fr. Bob, Fr. Bill, and Fr. Jack) plan on participating with social distancing.
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.
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.
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 is working well. Hope to see you soon at Mass.
Funerals – at this time we can have funerals in church with a limit of 50 people. This 50 includes family, church people and funeral home people. Wakes – no visitation in church.
No Funeral Dinners at this time.
We are working on a Sunday in August and will convey the information once we get the delegation from the Archbishop.
We will be starting daily Mass the Week of June 22nd. We can have two weekday Masses a week. 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. Reminder, the office is still closed at this time to people coming in so someone will let you in and show you the seats available 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.
Chicken Dinner is still planned for Saturday, August 8th and at this time we are planning a drive thru meal. More details to come but we will be providing prepackaged meals from the gym area directly to your car.
If you need anything sacramentally, even if it is just to talk give Fr. Davies a call at 414-255-4060 or email at [email protected]
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
228 E Blossom St (BLM)
St Anne Chapel 218 E Blossom St
There are no upcoming scheduled events.