Archbishop Listecki has directed that all Masses be canceled, but that priests continue to say a daily Mass. All of our Mass intentions that have been scheduled for that day, at each of our Masses, will be prayed at a Mass during that day. There is no need to reschedule your Mass intention. Watch our Facebook page; Fr. John and Fr. Ryan will be attempting to live-stream those Masses. https://www.facebook.com/HolyFamilyFdL/
We continue to record a Sunday Mass that will be on our YouTube channel and shared on Facebook and our website. Look for that beginning on Saturday evenings.
The farewell gathering for Fr. Thomas on Saturday, March 28 has also been cancelled.
Funeral Masses will still be taking place during this period of closings and shut-downs. The procedure will still be to contact the funeral home and they will contact Holy Family.
- Funeral masses will be allowed, but limited to 50 people as per the latest directives from the state government
- Priests will be willing to do services at the funeral homes during this time if needed
- No funeral luncheons at any of the six Holy Family sites
- No visitation at any of the six Holy Family sites
Human Concerns Cancelled Events
March 28: Morning retreat to Fr. Max's parish in Milwaukee
WeShare Online Parish Giving
During these unsettling times, WeShare Support is available to our parishioners.
Their Customer Service Team has been transitioned to their home offices for the safety and wellbeing of their employees and families. During this time, they will be available to assist you with your online giving needs whenever the need arises.
Mass Dispensation Statement from Archbishop Listecki
A Message from Fr. Ryan Pruess, Pastor
To the Parishioners of Holy Family, Our Risen Savior and Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parishes,
Yesterday, 3/24/2020, the clergy and staff members received a letter from Archbishop Listecki regarding the CoVID19/Virus. We'd like to share some of the highlights of that letter with you, our parishioners.
- The suspension of public daily and Sunday Mass throughout the archdiocese and at our parishes continues to be in place. Priests may continue to celebrate Mass without a congregation. Our priests have been live-streaming Masses and the Stations of the Cross.
- The distribution of Holy Communion is permitted only as Viaticum (meaning the Eucharist as given to a person near or in danger of death). Other practices of "private" distribution may not take place.
- April 1 was designated as a day for 12 hours of the Sacrament of Reconciliation throughout the archdiocese. This is postponed. However, Confessions will be offered on Saturdays from 8-10 a.m. at Holy Family Church and from 3-5 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church.
- Public celebrations for Holy Week, Holy Thursday and Good Friday are canceled in all archdiocesan parishes and our three parishes, as well. Those services will be live-streamed, if possible.
- The baptisms of the Elect (RCIA candidates) and the receptions into full communion across the archdiocese are postponed until a later diocesan-wide common date.
- The ViaCrucis at Holy Hill is cancelled.
- The suspension of public celebrations of the Eucharist will continue for Easter Sunday. Holy Family will live-stream Easter Mass, if possible.
- Confirmations and First Communions are now postponed until the health crisis has passed.
- It is a challenge to celebrate funerals the way people might like. We will encourage families to delay the rituals if at all possible. If there is no way to delay, families of the deceased will need to be cautious about keeping the number of people to a minimum and maintaining the proper social distancing between people.
Please know that you all remain in my thoughts and prayers during these difficult times.
With you, in Christ,
Fr. Ryan Pruess