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3/26/2020 Father's response to the Governor's announcement
Dear Parishioners and friends,
As you know, Governor Tim Walz issued an order for Minnesotans to stay at home for two weeks – beginning Friday night – to try to contain the spread of the corona virus and buy time for our health care system to prepare. We need to do our part to minimize the impact on those who have the virus, those most vulnerable to it, and on our courageous and dedicated health care workers who will serve the public in this most extraordinary way.
This order will go into effect Friday night at 11:59 PM and be in place until 5:00 PM, Good Friday, April 10th. It is unknown as to what the restrictions will be after that time, but we can only pray that they will be able to be relaxed, even if only slightly.
Given this order we outline what will be available at the Church of Saint Henry during the next two weeks as follows:
- We will continue to have no public Masses or scheduled gatherings of any kind.
- We will record a Mass celebrated by me each day and place the recording online. For Sunday, we will have the recording available by the morning. For Mass in Spanish we hope to have the recording available by early in the afternoon. For daily Mass, we hope to have it posted by mid-morning.
- On our website, we will continue to post resources for watching and listening to Mass and personal and family prayer on either our front home page or under the coronavirus tab. I would like to begin offering several reflections during this time to be posted in these places. For faith formation, please take advantage of the opportunities available to conduct faith formation at home as our directors, Jessica Soden and Jenna Leighton direct.
- We will hold the “Good Fridays” confessions time tomorrow evening, Friday, March 27th. This will include confessions at various stations within the main church by screen only. A custodian and an usher will be on hand to direct the process and do various cleaning. We will have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament as well during this time.
- We will also hold confessions on Saturday, April 4th at 9:00 AM as needed and on Tuesday, April 7th at 6:00 PM as needed. A custodian/usher will be on hand to direct the process.
- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will close at midnight, tomorrow, Friday, March 27th and remain closed until at least Easter Sunday at 6:00 PM, depending on restrictions from civil authorities and the Archbishop at that time.
While Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be suspended during this time, and knowing that our Lord is present in the tabernacle of the church, and out of a respect for the need to come to the church in this critical and difficult time to pray, and understanding that this pastoral need follows the guidelines of the governor’s order, the main Church will remain open next week for quiet prayer, Monday – Friday at 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and the following week, Holy Week, Monday – Wednesday at 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and on Holy Thursday 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Please maintain social distancing when coming to the church to pray and we will monitor closely how this activity is proceeding.
- We will have limited staff on site to answer phone calls and conduct pastoral care. Please do not hesitate to call if you have questions or need pastoral assistance. I or a deacon (where applicable) will be glad to visit someone who is sick and to administer the sacraments to them. For after hours, dial our main number 763-295-2402 and press 9 for these requests.
- We are a drop-off site for Wright County at this time. Please bring donated items to the parish office. There is currently a need for healthcare items such as masks and gloves. We will also be collecting essentials for those in need as early as Friday, March 27th. These will be collected at the parish office as well. Monday through Friday 8am-4pm.
- Because the governor’s order extends to 5:00 PM on Good Friday, we will not hold a regular Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. However, It is too early to say whether or not we will hold a Good Friday celebration of the Lord’s Passion or an Easter Vigil or regular Easter Sunday Masses and exactly how we would celebrate them. We hope an update from the authorities comes sooner than Good Friday so that we can make an appropriate decision and update you.
Let’s heed the Archbishop’s spiritual advice during this intense desert experience and Lenten penance. Even though we will be physically isolated we will be able to live our faith in new and creative ways. It will not be easy, but let’s turn to the Lord and ask for his help and to teach us what he wants to teach us. And let us pray that we may enter spiritually into an ever-deeper communion with each other, with our Lord, and with our entire Church. Finally, let’s continue our prayers for civil authorities, those suffering from the virus, and those who care for them.
3/24/2020 Wright County Resources
Wright County Resources During COVID-19 Outbreak Wright County Public Health maintains a list of resources to help residents
BUFFALO, MN – To support Wright County residents in this time of need, Wright County Public Health has established several resource listings accessible by the public.
For help with things like food, transportation, medication access, mental health care, or services for seniors, visit co.wright.mn.us/948/Resources. This is a local resource listing that is updated as often as possible. If you cannot find the information you need, text or call the Wright County coronavirus hotline at (763) 682-7607.
The Wright County coronavirus hotline is monitored Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. The hotline is for non-emergencies; if you are experiencing an emergency, call 911.
Questions specific to COVID-19, such as those about symptoms or getting tested, should be directed to the Minnesota Department of Health at (651) 201-3920. Questions about community mitigation (i.e. schools, child cares, businesses) should be directed to the State of Minnesota at (651) 297-1304.
Public Health staff are working diligently to identify local resources and continue to update the website as more information becomes available. If anyone is aware of additional resources that are not listed on the website, call or text the hotline.
3/24/2020 Official Medical Supply Drop Site -Church of Saint Henry
We are now a drop site for medical supplies. Supplies will be sent to local Medical Care Centers.
Supplies can be dropped of M-F 7 AM-4 PM inside door 2 (by admin office).
3/18/2020 Father Tony's Letter
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Archbishop Hebda has made the decision to suspend all regularly scheduled public Masses effective immediately, with a re-evaluation to take place in two weeks in light of any local developments and latest advice from authorities and experts. Please see his letter in the linked document below. This decision was made after much prayer and consultation by our Archbishop with fellow priests of the Archdiocese and with health officials.
The Archbishop, at the bottom of the first page of his letter, leaves open the possibility of limited celebrations of the Mass with at least some of the faithful present. However, at this time, the guidelines are so extremely strict that this will be very difficult. This is a painful decision as I know how many of you are deeply devoted to the Mass and knowing how it truly is the source and summit of your lives as you carry out the work of the Church, love God, and love your neighbor.
Please know that, recognizing both the inestimable value of the celebration of each Mass and the unique privilege that we as priests have to celebrate Mass and be nourished by the Eucharist, I will commit to celebrating Mass each day, bringing to the altar the prayers of the lay faithful who will sadly not be able to attend. I invite you to unite yourselves spiritually to the Mass being celebrated and pray for our Church, our world, and especially those who suffer from the virus and those who cannot attend Mass around the world because of persecution and oppression.
For funeral Masses, our recommendation is to postpone until restrictions are eased. Still, I wish to respond to each request for a funeral Mass and offer pastoral care to those who are sick or dying. Please call the parish office at 763-295-2402. For after-hours, dial 9 to reach me, the pastor. I expect to receive a memorandum of how we must celebrate such a Mass at this particular time, but please do know that these guidelines will include limiting such celebrations to nine people in attendance plus me as your priest.
3/19/2020 Message to Faith Formation Families from Jessica Soden
During this time with your children at home we want to be sure we can have the children also keep learning the Faith. We are not sure at this point how long we will need to do lessons at home, but in case this ends up being longer than just the two initial weeks, we are preparing to be able to continue Faith Formation at home. This way do not fall behind for when we are together again.
We will be using on online format with the Faith and Life books for 1st-6th grade classes. Please create an account for your children. Here is a video that explains on how to register https://youtu.be/AM0R-JIJYB4
Emails will be sent from the site with instructions to login and give consent once we have everything set up. We are able see when the students have completed the lessons. I will also send out a separate email with the lessons the students should do at home.
Here are a few other good resources for you to use at home.
Formed.org (there are Stations of the Cross on here you can use on Fridays, and a lot of good movies for families to watch together. Although some of the adult movies truly are for adults so please use desecration)
I encourage you to also take this time to grow in your prayer life together as a family. Reading the daily Mass readings together or praying a family rosary.
The daily readings can be found here
Here are a few suggestions to use when starting to pray a family rosary
How to Pray The Rosary
Suggestions for families when praying the rosary
Please let me know if you have any questions
I am praying for each of you as we adjust to this way of temporary life. Please also let me know if you have any specific prayer requests I can lift up in my rosary each day.
In Jesus Christ our Lord,
Faith Formation Director: Preschool and Elementary
763-271-3079, [email protected]
3/18/2020 Updates at the Parish:
Adoration: We will continue to have adoration available to parishioner as normal. However, the monstrance will remain in the main church to allow ample space for social distancing.
Confessions: will occur at regularly scheduled times. The Good Fridays will go on as planned with some modifications to allow for social distancing. Our schedule is to have confessions this Friday and the next two Fridays in the main church during Eucharistic Adoration from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Please do not form lines as in the past, but remain in your pew until a priest is available. Ushers will be on hand to direct you. We will have the screen option only. I and two additional priests will be available.
Parish Events: All other parish events have been cancelled through Sunday, March 29th. This includes small groups, Stations of the Cross, meetings, Fish Fry, KC Pancake Breakfast, CCW Deanery meeting, youth group and Core Team.
We will continue to monitor the situation and re-evaluate as we can. More information will follow regarding events occurring after March 30th.
We have compiled several resources for you on our parish website, view the links below for the best information. Other resources are posted on our Facebook page as well.
Thank you for your patience in this difficult time. Please comply with these directives knowing that I and your Archbishop have all of our best interests at heart. Saint Joseph, pray for us!
3/17/2020 Daily Mass Cancellation Announcement
Our Masses for this evening at 6:30 PM and for tomorrow at 8:15 AM have been cancelled. Please know that going forward, we will communicate how we will proceed with Mass at Saint Henry’s in the near future. I wish to wait for the Archbishop’s communication which will be coming within a day that will help us give direction on how we will hold Mass in the near future. Again, this is no reason to become anxious. We will simply follow good guidelines in order to respond to things that lie beyond our control. Confessions will be heard today at 5:15 PM.
As I arise today,
may the strength of God pilot me,
the power of God uphold me,
the wisdom of God guide me.
May the eye of God look before me,
the ear of God hear me,
the word of God speak for me.
May the hand of God protect me,
the way of God lie before me,
the shield of God defend me,
the host of God save me.
May Christ shield me today.
Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit,
Christ when I stand,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
-- Saint Patrick
3/16/2020 Letter regarding CentraCare visitor restrictions
I have been told that a spiritual leader can visit a patient or resident in end of life or if the situation is critical/medical necessity, but all routine or non-essential visits are restricted. All approved visitors will be screened at the door.
Special thanks to Pastor Jocelyn for letting us know. Thank you, Rev. Jocelyn! Given the restrictions that she describes, she and I will coordinate my visit when you or a loved one is in a critical/medical necessity or is actively dying.
Still, you may call the parish at 763-295-2402 and press 9 to ring my cell phone. Let’s pray for all who are affected medically by the virus and otherwise and that this virus passes quickly. Thank you.
3/15/2020 Information and Letter to Faith Formation Families
NO CLASS MARCH 18th
With the concern and closings of schools due to the out break of COVID-19 we will also be cancelling Faith Formation Class this week, Wednesday, March 18th. We will be keeping a close watch on how things develop over the next two weeks and give any further updates as necessary. Please see Father Tony's note below.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
After careful consideration of the recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Health, the decision of Governor Tim Walz to close public schools from Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 27, and out of an abundance of concern that the effort may help shield the young, vulnerable populations, and the elderly from the possibility of contracting COVID-19; we have decided to suspend Saint Henry’s Faith Formation at least through Friday, March 27th. This effectively means that, with spring break coming on March 25th, we will not have faith formation this Wednesday.
Special items to note: We are evaluating decisions regarding upcoming youth activities and we will send an update. At this time, we intend to hold the faith formation board meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 28th.
Our faith formation is served by tremendous volunteer teachers and leaders who we stand in solidarity with at this time. Archbishop Hebda has called for a day of fasting and prayer this Wednesday for those affected by COVID-19. Please join Archbishop Hebda, Bishop Cozzens, and many others in praying for those suffering from this illness.
3/13/2020 Father's letter to parishioners
As one spiritual family in Christ, we are concerned about the safety of all members of our community during this current pandemic. There have been many changes in the last few days and even hours that will now affect all of our lives, but we are stronger when we walk our faith journey together. Even as the way in which we assemble will now be changed.
In accordance with guidelines and recommendations from the Archdiocese and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), we announce several measures that we have taken about our Masses and our parish activity. These measures are necessary to protect everyone’s health and slow the rate of transmission so that our health care system is able to function.
Saturday Evening and Sunday Masses
- Archbishop Bernard Hebda this week announced his decision to dispense all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass, until further notice. This is a rare dispensation and a decision he said he did not take lightly. A copy of the Archbishop’s letter is in this Sunday’s bulletin and posted below within this email.
- If you do decide not to come to Mass, he has guidelines on celebrating the Sabbath as a holy day and options as to how to make a spiritual communion.
- We urge you to please stay home if you are sick or have flu-like symptoms.
- Please wash your hands for 20 seconds before coming to Mass.
- Please discontinue hand-holding during the Our Father.
- We will discontinue holy communion from the chalice. If you have celiac disease and need to receive from the chalice, please see Father Tony before Mass.
- We will discontinue the Sign of Peace (liturgically, this is optional).
- The holy water font and stoups have been drained.
- Sanitizers are now located outside of the doors of the worship space and throughout the building. Please make sure your children are using them responsibly.
- We are making specific plans to step up our cleaning efforts around the worship space including the tops of pews and between Masses.
Eucharistic Ministers and Holy Communion on the Tongue
- Please use hand sanitizer before and after you distribute holy communion.
- Many have asked about communion on the tongue. There are many small measures that we and other organizations are taking that add up to a cumulative effort to slow the spread of the virus. At this time, because this is a deeply personal issue, we will allow receiving holy communion from the tongue. The Archbishop has not at this time restricted it. However, please, for the good of public health, discern well your decision as to whether you will receive on the tongue or in the hand.
- Eucharistic Ministers who are uncomfortable with distributing on the tongue may excuse themselves from this ministry for this time.
- Following the guidelines of the Minnesota Department of Health not to close schools as of today, we will continue faith formation classes and most activities as normal. However, we are cancelling Wednesday’s guest speaker from Fight the New Drug. The MDH has stated that experience in other countries and within this country has shown that closing schools has had little effect in stopping the spread of the virus. We deem the risks associated with schools as low and as similar to our faith formation.
- Again, we will take extra measures to ensure cleanliness in classrooms before and after their use.
- As previously stated, the MDH is asking for a cumulative effort to slow the spread of the virus. These are community mitigation efforts that include measures to create “social distancing”. Out of concern for everyone’s health, this will result in cancellation of certain future events at our parish. These will be communicated in the future to those affected.
Please join the Archbishop and me in praying for the sick and dying, for those caring for them, for all health care workers and for those working to minimize the impact of this virus. Let us also remain calm as we look out for all of our brothers and sisters around us and remain courageous as we face the challenging days ahead.
Yours in Christ,
Father Tony VanderLoop
3/12/2020 A letter from Archbishop Hebda to parishes