Bishop Hying Statement on Racism
Please find attached my reflection on racism and recent events in our country. I thank you for your perseverance, fidelity, and hard work in these past months of such trial and difficulty. Please know of my admiration, support, and gratitude for you and your ministry. Let me know if I can be of service or help to you in any way.
I would encourage you to utilize this Sunday’s celebration of Corpus Christi to preach about communion in Christ, unity, reconciliation, the Eucharist as the source and experience of the love and mercy of Christ and the sin of racism and prejudice.
Peace and prayers always,
Bishop Donald Hying
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!
Bishop Hying Statement on the Opening of Schools this Fall
St. Mary School is excited that Bishop Hying and Michael Lancaster, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, issued an official letter stating that all of our Catholic schools are planning to welcome students and teachers back to their regular classrooms this Fall for in-person instruction five days a week as scheduled."
Josh Schuenemann and Jamie Hahn have been meeting with Diocesan Administrators and Principals, as well as with health officials from the Columbia County Health Department, to gain information about opening in the fall. They would like to create an advisory committee made up of parents who have knowledge and experience in the field of healthcare, work safety, education and other related fields, as well as teachers from St. Mary School. The committee would be working on the necessary steps and procedures needed for St. Mary School to opening in August. If you have working knowledge in these areas and would be willing to serve on an advisory committee, please Jamie Hahn know via email, [email protected].
We are looking forward to opening school and being face-to-face with the students. Our Catholic school community is built on fostering relationships with students, parents, and our parish with a Christ centered mission. This is best served and cultivated through interacting with one another on a daily basis.
Our Call to 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 Center Hours
St. Mary, Briggsville
no appointment needed
- Father Gary Krahenbuhl, Pastor
- Dennis Sutter, Deacon
- Steve Letourneaux, Deacon
- Sister Anita Henning, CSA, Briggsville - Pastoral Minister & Director of Faith Formation
- Sister Jovita Winkel, CSA, Briggsville- In Residence
- Lisa Clemmons, Portage- Director of Parish Administrations
- Nancy Davis, Director of Pastoral Ministry
- Samuel Clemmons, Liturgical Music
- Christine R. Daly, Portage - Finance Manager
Readings for the week of July 12, 2020
- Sunday: Is 55:10-11 / Ps 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14 [Lk 8:8] / Rom 8:18-23 / Mt 13:1-23 or 13:1-9
- Monday: Is 1:10-17 / Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23 [23b] / Mt 10:34—11:1
- Tuesday: Is 7:1-9 / Ps 48:2-3a, 3b-4, 5-6, 7-8 [cf. 9d] / Mt 11:20-24
- Wednesday: Is 10:5-7, 13b-16 / Ps 94:5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 14-15 [14a] / Mt 11:25-27
- Thursday: Is 26:7-9, 12, 16-19 / Ps 102:13-14ab and 15, 16-18, 19-21 [20b] / Mt 11:28-30
- Friday: Is 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8 / Is 38:10, 11, 12abcd, 16 [cf. 17b] / Mt 12:1-8
- Saturday: Mi 2:1-5 / Ps 10:1-2, 3-4, 7-8, 14 [12b] / Mt 12:14-21
- Next Sunday: Wis 12:13, 16-19 / Ps 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16 [5a] / Rom 8:26-27 / Mt 13:24-43 or 13:24-30