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We are a Catholic parish where people experience Jesus Christ in a way that changes how we live.

This is a place of God’s mercy and hope, where all feel welcomed, loved, forgiven, and encouraged to live out the Good News. Our doors are wide open so that all may enter. These same doors are also wide open so we can go out and share that good news with others.

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Vacation Bible School 2020

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Mass Times

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May 26 Letter from Father Gary

                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                    May 26, 2020

Dear Parishioners of St. Mary Help of Christians and St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parishes: 

We have been separated by physical distance but not in spirit.  I have, and will continue to hold, each and every one of you in my prayers. 

Next weekend, May 30/31, we will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost and begin a slow and safe journey of gathering back together for Masses.  Beginning on May 30, we will return to regularly scheduled Masses on the weekend and weekdays at both parish churches. 

If your schedule allows you to come to a weekday Mass instead of a weekend Mass, please do so.  Until we are able to increase our capacity, and to allow all that want to come to Mass and receive Communion the opportunity to do so, please only come to one Mass per week.  The obligation to attend Mass on Sunday has been lifted indefinitely, therefore we encourage those who may be more at risk because of age or health reasons not to come to the church for Mass at this time.  We will continue to offer a recorded weekend Mass that will be available on Sundays.

We are limited to 25% capacity, so there will be some new protocols as we gather.  Doors to the church will not be opened until 30-minutes prior to Mass time, giving staff the opportunity to make sure it is as thoroughly sanitized as possible.  When you arrive, Hospitality Ministers (wearing masks) will assist you in finding “safe distance” seating.  Keep in mind that you may not be able to sit in your “regular spot” and you must keep two (adult) arms-length distance between non-family members. This will normally require a one-pew distance in front and behind you. Families are encouraged to group together to allow more flexible seating throughout the church.

If you have disinfecting wipes, please bring them and wipe the area where you (and your family) will be sitting.  Please do so, again, when you leave, for the safety of those who will be attending the next Mass.  If you do not have disinfecting wipes, supplies will be available for you.  The parish staff will assist anyone unable or unwilling to do so, and will also disinfect all public areas (handrails, bathrooms, etc.) between Masses.

Please enter through the main doors only (in Portage, the center doors facing Cook Street) or the handicapped entrance.  All doors will be available for exiting the church. Please, for the protection of others, we encourage you to wear a face mask covering your nose and mouth when entering and exiting the church and/or keep a six-feet distance from non-family members.

A few other points to guide us:

  • There will be no access to the sacristy before or after Masses.
  • There will be no congregational singing; music will be provided by cantors and musicians, only.
  • There will be no collection taken during Mass. Baskets will be available throughout the church to deposit envelopes or offertory. 
  • Communion will be distributed to you in your pew; we will not have Communion lines. Please assist those distributing by standing when they approach.  As well, if you are able, please use hand sanitizer before you receive.
  • For the safety of others, we strongly encourage you to receive Communion in the hand, not on the tongue at this time.
  • For your safety and his, Fr. Gary will not be able to physically greet you (no handshakes or hugs) but will be present before and after Masses to greet you from a safe distance.

These changes will require of us a flexibility and cooperation imperative to keep everyone who wishes to gather and receive Eucharist a safe and comfortable opportunity to do so.  Thank you for your understanding, patience and prayers!

Fr. Gary

 

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Financial Stewardship

Please do not neglect your responsibility to support the parish financially through these times of your absence.  We depend upon your consistent and generous contributions to keep our parish financially stable and to continue much-needed ministry.  Good stewardship remains a part of our obligation to our church and parish.   Weekly contributions can be mailed  or dropped off at the parish offices.

If you would like to inquire about ACH options for St. Mary, Portage, contact Christine Daly at 742-6998 x212.  Chris can also assist anyone who would like to setup the ACH option.

Here are ways you can contribute: 

St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish  (Portage)

  • Sunday offertory and Tithing envelopes. To receive offertory envelopes, become a registered member of the parish. All registered members automatically receive tithing envelopes. 
    • Make checks payable to St. Mary Parish. Envelopes can be dropped in the collection basket at Mass or mailed to: St. Mary Parish, 309 W. Cook St., Portage, WI 53901

  • On Line (withdrawal from checking/savings, debit card, or credit card) You may set up a one-time or recurring donation to our parish by clicking here.
  • Direct Deposit (ACH): To set up a scheduled transfer, please fill out this form and return in the collection basket or the Parish Center. 

St. Mary Help of Christians (Briggsville)

  • Tithing Envelopes
    If you would like for us to mail you a supply of envelopes for your tithe contributions of cash or check, please contact the Briggsville parish- 608-921-2282.
  • Letter from Father Gary

Parish Newsletter

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St. Mary, Portage & St. Mary, Briggsville Calendar of Events

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Office Hours

St. Mary, Portage
Parish Center Hours
Monday- Closed
Tuesday- 9am-4pm
Wednesday- 9am-4pm
Thursday- 9am-4pm
Friday- 9am-4pm

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Address

St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception
307 W. Cook St.
309 W. Cook St. (mailing address)
Portage, WI 53901

St. Mary Help of Christians
N565 County Rd. A
PO Box 127 (mailing address)
Briggsville, WI 53920

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