Mandatory Mask Update
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
July Letter from Father Gary
We have been free to gather in churches for Mass since the end of May. Even though the crowds have been small, anytime we gather in church for Mass it is a powerful statement of the endurance of the faithful. We continue to adapt and adjust protocols that are essential to keep those who gather safe. As the COVID situation changes, we’ll continue to adjust our guidelines, as well.
For those who do not feel comfortable gathering with others at church, please continue to join with us in the recorded Mass on Facebook and the parish home page, stmaryportage.com. While this certainly cannot substitute for gathering for Mass and sharing the Eucharist, the Holy Spirit bonds us when we pray together through the wonder of technology. (A special thanks to Jeremy Rusch and Steve Sloggy for their tireless efforts to make this possible.)
While the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday has been lifted indefinitely, and 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, I do hope that if you do feel safe you will consider gathering periodically for weekend and/or weekday Masses in the near future. If so, a few things to keep in mind:
- Please wear a mask as you enter and leave the church, and consider wearing one throughout the Mass. If you don’t have a mask or forget one, we have some available.
- All of the pews in church are sanitized before every Mass except, because of time restrictions between Masses, the 11:00 Mass We have a limited supply of sanitating wipes so if you are able to bring your own or donate some to the parish, that would be greatly appreciated.
- Hand sanitizer is always available and we ask everyone to use it prior to receiving Communion.
- There will be no congregational singing; instead, musicians will lead us in prayerful song.
- 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. Be mindful, as well, of those who are already seated.
- Family members are encouraged to group together to allow more flexible seating throughout the church.
Please keep one another in prayer and be attentive to parish communications here as the COVID situation changes rapidly. Be assured of my prayers for your safety and spiritual growth.
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
- Hannah Haseley, Director of Religious Education & Evangelization
- Jamie Hahn, Director of Advancement for Parish and School
- 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 August 9, 2020
- Sunday: 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-13a / Ps 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14  / Rom 9:1-5 / Mt 14:22-33
- Monday: 2 Cor 9:6-10 / Ps 112:1-2, 5-6, 7-8, 9  / Jn 12:24-26
- Tuesday: Ez 2:8—3:4 / Ps 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131 [103a] / Mt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14
- Wednesday: Ez 9:1-7; 10:18-22 / Ps 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 [4b] / Mt 18:15-20
- Thursday: Ez 12:1-12 / Ps 78:56-57, 58-59, 61-62 [cf. 7b] / Mt 18:21—19:1
- Friday: Ez 16:1-15, 60, 63 or 16:59-63 / Is 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6 [1c] / Mt 19:3-12
- Saturday: Vigil: 1 Chr 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2 / Ps 132:6-7, 9-10, 13-14 1 Cor 15:54b-57 / Lk 11:27-28. Day: Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab / Ps 45:10, 11, 12, 16 [10bc] / 1 Cor 15:20-27 / Lk 1:39-56
- Next Sunday: Is 56:1, 6-7 / Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8  / Rom 11:13-15, 29-32 / Mt 15:21-28