September 25, 2020
We want to urge you to use caution and good judgment when leaving home in the coming days, including coming to Mass.
Thursday afternoon, the Winnebago County Health Department issued an update detailing the critical rate of spread of COVID in our community right now. Currently, the Oshkosh-Neenah area is #1 in the country where cases are rising the fastest.
After consultation with the Diocesan COVID Monitoring Team and after reviewing the information from Winnebago County, we ask everyone to keep safety foremost in mind. Bishop Ricken foresaw situations where the obligation to attend Mass would not apply in specific times and places. Bishop’s recent decree reminded us that individuals who “in their well-formed consciences believe that going into public places – including Sunday worship at Mass – would place their health or the health of their loved ones in serious jeopardy” are not bound by the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. That may apply to you or your family at this time.
While we will have our regular Masses this weekend, please use good judgment in deciding whether to come. Please err on the side of safety. Our parish will continue to livestream Mass on Sunday at 9 am and broadcast the same 9 am Mass on WOSH 1490 AM, while WFRV Local 5 has the television broadcast of Mass with Bishop Ricken on Sunday at 10 am.
For those who come to Mass this weekend, please continue to use care and caution for yourself and others through continued and careful mask usage, hand hygiene, and social distancing. Our parish will continue to sanitize and disinfect common areas and high-touch surfaces.
Let us continue to pray for one another, especially those most affected by this virus.
September 10, 2020
- The Obligation to attend Sunday Mass will return the weekend of September 19-20.
Since the dispensation from the obligation to worship at Mass on Sunday is no longer strictly necessary, the faithful will once again be morally obligated to come to Mass on Sundays throughout the Diocese. As has always been the case, if individual Catholics struggle with serious health concerns or are physically or morally prevented from worshipping at Mass for a grave reason, this obligation does not apply. Additionally, if individuals are frail due to illness or age or, in their well-formed consciences believe that going into public places–including Sunday worship at Mass–would place their health or the health of their loved ones in serious jeopardy, they too are not bound by this obligation. However, the faithful who are unable to attend Mass are nevertheless urged to make holy the Lord’s Day and to pray, read the Scriptures, and take part in acts of charity.
Click here to read the Decree from Bishop Ricken.
- Sacrament of Reconciliation times have changed slightly.
Confessions continue to be each Saturday from 3:30 to 4:30 pm and each Tuesday from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. The change is the addition of confessions on Wednesday evening at 8 pm. (There will not longer be confessions on Sunday afternoon.)