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Update March 19, 2020 at 10:30am

Category : Book Discussion

COVID-19 Pandemic Plan for the Churches of St. Peter &St. Paul

Goal:   To keep parishioners, staff, visitors and vendors safe. To avoid further pandemic spread. To continue to offer excellent programs and the sacraments.

Measures to be taken: Upon designation of a federal or state pandemic or similar designation placing Nicollet County in the affected area, our parishes will execute the following control and mitigation steps.

A.  Regarding Liturgies (Masses, Confession, Baptisms, Funerals)

  1. Effective March 18 through March 31, Bishop LeVoir has canceled all daily and weekend Masses. He has suspended all daily and weekend Masses and dispensed from the Sunday Mass obligation.
  2. When we are able to have public Mass again, the following guidelines will be in place:
  3. When coming into church please use the hand sanitizer.
  4. No shaking/holding hands at beginning of Mass, at sign of peace, during Our Father, after Mass.
  5. EMHC should sanitize their hands at the credence table before distributing communion.
  6. Holy water fonts will remain empty.
  7. As much as possible maintain separation, 6 feet.
  8. Stations of the Cross – Through March 31 there will be no parish celebration of the stations. People can pray the stations privately.
  9. Eucharistic adoration on Thursday at St. Peter is CANCELLED through March 31.
  10. Regular confession schedule of Thursday afternoon from 3:30 to 4:00pm and Saturday from 3:00 to 4:00pm will continue.
  11. Funerals:
  12. Funeral home guidelines: After lots of questions today in our Mankato office from churches and a ruling from the Winona catholic dioceses, we are going to the 10 person indoors for any viewing/service. A larger family would all be allowed to view, just no more than 10 at a time. A graveside service, being outdoors, could include all the family. Thank you for working with us as we work toward allowing families what they need to process a death while also keeping everyone as safe as possible through this.  Blake
  13. Funeral Mass – We need to follow Bishop LeVoir’s policy of no public Masses through March 31. We would/could have a burial in the cemetery and schedule a memorial funeral Mass later.
  14. Lunch – none for now in the social hall.
  15. Bulletins – In both parishes, bulletins will be on the table near the main entrance. There will also be a plastic tub outside near the main entrance with some bulletins in it at St. Peter and in the box outside the doors at Nicollet. The bulletin is also on the parish website.
  16. Chapel (in St. Peter) – Narthex and chapel will be unlocked on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Feel free to come in to pray. Please maintain social distance of 10 feet or more.
  17. Church (in Nicollet) will be open on Sunday from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Feel free to come in to pray. Please maintain social distance of 10 feet or more.

B.  Faith Formation

  1. Children’s liturgy Sunday morning is cancelled.
  2. Youth Faith Formation classes, events are cancelled as long as school is closed.

C.  Pastoral Care

  1. Home visits will cease, except in an emergency.
  2. Care facilities will be consulted regularly to ensure that they are allowing word and communion services or Mass.

D.  Maintenance and Administration

  1. Maintenance will see that cleaning of door handles, etc. are cleaned with a germicidal cleaning agent.
  2. Parish staff:
  3. Any staff member exhibiting signs of sickness/illness will go home.
  4. Some of the staff will be working from home. If you need to talk to them call the parish or email them and they will get in touch with you.
  5. We are planning to have some of the staff in the office.
  6. Communication with parishioners:
  7. We will have a regular communication with people via email, Facebook, and parish website.
  8. Parish bulletins – will be available by the main entry and in a plastic tub outside near the main entry for anyone stopping to pick it up after hours.
  9. Contributions – our regular expenses will continue.

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Update Wed., March 18th at 3:30pm

Category : Book Discussion

LOI Raffle

Due to State Gambling Rules, the Luck of the Irish Raffle will still happen this Saturday. If you have raffle tickets at home or would like to purchase them, please contact the parish office (507-931-1628).

The LOI event is postponed and the run is cancelled.

Message from Bishop LeVoir

Regarding Suspension of all Public Masses 

NEW ULM (March 18, 2020) – I am concerned that all people be safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Consequently, due to the public health recommendations from President Trump’s newly issued guideline that over the next 15 days, Americans should not gather in groups of more than ten people, I am immediately suspending all public Masses in the Diocese of New Ulm from March 18 until at least March 31. All Catholics in the diocese are dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass during this time. 

The fundamental operating principles of the Diocese of New Ulm as we face this pandemic are prevention or the slowing down of the spreading of the virus, as well as the spiritual wellbeing of our parishioners, while not endangering oneself. 

Up-to-date information pertaining to the coronavirus, including diocesan announcements, prayers, links to online and television Masses, and other resources, can be found on the Diocese of New Ulm website, www.dnu.org/covid19.

Fr. Denny will be sending out an email tomorrow with more details about our parish including how this impacts adoration. Please check your emails tomorrow for the updated information. All Masses in our Area Faith Community through March 31st are cancelled.


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Update Tuesday, March 17th at noon

Category : Book Discussion

COVID-19 Updates

Here are a few updates from our parish. 

Masses

At this time, Masses will continue as scheduled. This may change in the days to come. 

Thrift Store

The thrift store will be closing at noon today and will remain closed at least through March 31st. If you know of anyone who is in immediate need of items from the thrift store, please contact the parish (507-931-1628) and we can arrange for those in need to get supplies.

Live Stream Masses

There are many options of Masses that you can watch Mass. 
TV Times:

  • EWTN: Daily 7am, 6pm, 11pm
  • KEYC Channel 12: Sunday 7:30am
  • KAAL Channel 6: Sunday 9am
  • KEYC-DT Digital Channel 12.2/
  • Charter 19: Sunday 9:30am

Internet Sources:

  • Youtube.com – Holy Redeemer, Marshall
  • EWTN.org
  • Catholictv.org
  • Mass-online.org
  • Livemass.net

Other Resources: USCCB.org

We are exploring options at our parish but we are not planning to live stream Mass from our parish at this point.

Formed.org

If you are wondering what to do with your time at home, formed.org is a great resource of quality, Catholic content.  If you don’t already have an account, the parish has paid for a subscription so you can click on “Sign Up” and the click “I belong to a Parish or Organization”. Then search for St. Peter, MN and our Area Faith Community will come up. Some things I would recommend from this website include:

Sunday Offering

During this time, we would encourage you to continue your Sunday offering if you are able. If you regularly use envelopes, you can send those through the mail. This might be a good time to consider signing up for online giving if you have not done so yet. It is very easy to set up online giving on WeShare. Or you can call the parish office (507-931-1628) and we can help you through it. 

Emails

Are you not receiving emails from the parish and would like them. Email Mary Grack (mary.grack@churchofstpeter.org) and she can add you to the email list.


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Update Monday, March 16th at 7pm

Category : Book Discussion

Daily Mass

At this time we will still be having Daily Mass but we will be moving Mass into the main church sanctuary to allow for more social distancing. 

Luck of the Irish Update

LOI event and race has been postponed. We will continue to send out updates as things progress.


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Update Friday, March 13th at 6pm

Category : Book Discussion

Response to Governor Walz’s Declaration

As you probably have heard, today (March 13) Governor Tim Walz has declared a peacetime state of emergency in Minnesota. He has recommended cancelling or postponing gatherings with 250 or more people.

What does this mean for Confirmation Mass this Sunday? Bishop LeVoir responded “Parishes are receiving questions about the celebration of Confirmation. Right now (and this could change as the efforts to slow the pandemic develop), I am asking that the Confirmations be held as scheduled, while doing the best that can be done to keep the number of worshippers below 250 as advocated by Governor Walz. I know this is an inconvenience, but Governor Walz has urged us to work together to slow the spread of the virus and this will involve sacrifice, something with which Catholics are very familiar.

For this weekend’s Masses, we ask you to consider attending a Mass other than the 10am Sunday Mass if you do not have a connection to a Confirmation Candidate. If you are able, we ask you to consider attending Saturday’s 4pm Mass or Sunday’s 8am Mass in Nicollet.Thank you for your consideration of this matter.


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Update Friday, March 13th at 2:30pm

Category : Book Discussion

A message from Bishop LeVoir can be found here regarding Mass obligation and COVID-19. 

Masses in our Area Faith Community will continue as scheduled, including Confirmation Mass this Sunday at 10am. 

Message From Fr. Denny

Please read the whole letter (link given above) from Bishop John LeVoir about his dispensing people in our diocese from the obligation to participate in Sunday Mass for the weekends of March 14/15; 21/22; and 28/29

Points for our parishes (St. Peter and St. Paul):
1. If you decide not to go to Mass, take time to listen to or watch Mass on TV or radio, OR pray the rosary OR make a spiritual Communion OR pray the liturgy of the hours OR Eucharistic adoration OR other devotions.
2. No shaking of hands – in greeting at the beginning of Mass.
3. No shaking of hands for the sign of peace.
4. No holding hands while praying the Lord’s Prayer.
5. No shaking hands with Father after Mass, just a verbal greeting.
6. Only the priest will receive from the chalice. Everyone else will receive only the host.
7. Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion will wash their hands before distributing Communion.
8. If anyone is in a high risk category due to current illness, age, or suffering from a chronic health condition or compromised immune system, they are asked to remain home.
9. If you have traveled to a high risk country or on a cruise you are also excused.
10. The regular Mass and confession schedule will be maintained.
11. Eucharistic adoration will continue as scheduled.
12. Stations of the Cross will continue as scheduled.
13. Please pray for those suffering from COVID 19, those providing medical care, our government leaders, and those with compromised health.
14. More information will be sent as needed.
— 
Fr. Denny Labat