Have you ever wondered what the "big picture" of the Bible is? Wonder no longer!
Jeff Cavins, author of "The Great Adventure Bible Timeline" hosts the first session of the Bible in a Month. In this 4-session series, Catholics will learn the amazing story woven throughout Scripture so they can get the “big picture” of Salvation history. It's a great way to grow in your faith as you navigate the current circumstances!
The video below is the first installment, which took place on March 31st. The second video will go live TONIGHT at 7PM on the Ascension Press Facebook page. It will be uploaded to this webpage afterward. Enjoy!
Check out the other LIVE events happening through Ascension Press every day!
We hope this note finds all of you and your families safe and healthy. We have received further clarification as to what is deemed an “essential service” regarding Central Office operations. As per the Diocese of La Crosse, Bishop Callahan’s office, and Gov. Evers’ "Safer at Home" mandate, we are required to close the Central Office. As of 4:00PM tomorrow, Friday, March 27 we will be physically closed until further notice. We will be in the office only on an as-needed basis.
However, we will still be available for contact by phone and email. You can still call the number for the Central Office, which will be redirected automatically to our work-at-home numbers until we are able to physically be in the office again.
For any SCRIP orders, please call or email the day before your need, and we will work with you to arrange pick up. If at all possible, please utilize online ordering options at: www.shopwithscrip.com.
**Father Emmanuel will live-stream the Stations of the Cross at 9:30AM tomorrow (Friday, March 27), with Mass to follow. Pope Francis will be giving a special blessing with a Plenary Indulgence attached at 12:00PM (Central Time). For more details on how to participate, see our previous post.
Finally, we want to continue our ministry here at Assumption Catholic School and the Tri-Parishes. We have the obligation to support our staff, who give generously in working for us. We appreciate that uncertainty and worry are affecting many of you. If you are able, please continue to provide your financial support to our parish. Since you cannot attend Mass, you may want to consider making a gift via Online Giving if you do not already. You can contact the office for assistance or simply mail in your contribution to PO Box 188, Durand, WI 54736. School families, you may also include your contributions in your drop off/pick up bags going home.
We will all get through this together!!
One of the greatest challenges in the current situation is our inability to meet in community - especially in the Mass. Desiring to meet this need, Father Emmanuel will be live streaming Mass everyday at 10:00AM - starting today!
Just visit one of the Tri-Parish Facebook pages (links below) and click on the most recent video.
When participating in a Mass via video, we obviously cannot physically receive Holy Communion. However, we are encouraged to make an act of Spiritual Communion, inviting Jesus into our hearts. Here is one such prayer from the EWTN website:
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
Hope to pray with you soon!
NOTE: This is a new endeavor, and we're still working out all of the bugs. If you are unable to access the video on the Holy Rosary or Sacred Heart pages, you will find it on the St. Mary's page. Thank you for your patience.
KEEP UP THE FAITH.
My beloved parishioners of our enviable Tri-Parish family, I believe the developments of the COVID-19 have generated anxieties and frustrations in your minds. The worse and most worrying is that we can not even meet to pray together as we used to do.
As the shepherd of souls and spiritual leader of our faith community I would like to allay your fears and panics as I encourage you to read and reflect on the following:
”Can anything separate us from the love of Christ? Can hardship or distress, or persecution, or lack of food and clothing, or threats or violence...” Romans 8:35
With this inspiration be assured that although we are physically disconnected we are spiritually and solidly connected. Nothing indeed can stand in our way against the love of God.
I am still devising new opportunities to live our faith and sustain our hopes. You might have heard about my innovative idea of ”Parking lot” Mass. Yes! We tried it on Tuesday 03-17-2020. It worked well. Just as I presented a request for approval from the diocese then another directive came from Governor, Tony Evers. Our political leaders are doing their best to keep all of us safe and sound. So the plan could not be used.
But not perturbed at all! Now in order to encourage our family to stay together and to continue to enhance and protect our hard-earned faith I will be doing live streaming Holy Mass daily including the weekends at 10:00 am on Facebook. Kindly take note on that. We will have ”Spiritual Communion” and hear inspiring words on that platform. You are invited to join to pray together as a family in the comfort of your homes.
Know that we are separated physically but our faith keeps us united. If you can not come to church we will try to come to you. You are not lost. You are not forgotten. With Coronavirus or no Coronavirus we still exist to live our faith.
Just take precautions. PRAY!... Keep up the Faith!... Stay healthy.
Love you all.
From Bishop Callahan:
"In light of the continued concern surrounding spreading the coronavirus COVID-19, and the advice of medical experts across the country and especially in our State, all public Masses in the Diocese of La Crosse will be canceled beginning 20 March 2020 until further notice. All fish fries, parish gatherings, etc. are also canceled.
For further details, read Bishop Callahan's full decree HERE.
Weddings and funerals may be held with fewer than fifty in attendance, and as before, televised Masses are also still available. Live and prerecorded Sunday Mass is available via diolc.org, the diocesan YouTube channel, Facebook, and televised on the following channels:
Eau Claire, Channel 18, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
La Crosse, Channel 19, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
Marshfield (Public Access), Channel 989, at 10:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
Stevens Point (Public Access), Channel 984 at Noon and 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Wausau, (Cable and Satellite), Channel 12 at 6:30 a.m. Sunday.
Wausau (Public Access), Channel 980, at 6:00 p.m. Saturday and 9:00 a.m. Sunday.
Wisconsin Rapids (Public Access), Channel 985 and Channel 3 at 6:00 a.m.
and 1:00 pm. Sunday.
Prayer of Spiritual Communion for when you cannot physically receive the Eucharist: HERE.
The Knights of Columbus has shared a Prayer for Protection in a Time of Pandemic, included in our previous post.
Please contact Father Emmanuel with questions and concerns.
In light of the health concerns raised by COVID-19, Bishop Callahan has issued a temporary dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass in the Diocese of La Crosse, stating,
"The faithful should be reminded that, if they are ill, they are under no obligation to attend Mass and should remain at home until they recover from their illness. Also, those who are well, but who are concerned about the Coronavirus threat because of age, health condition or other reasons, are currently dispensed from the Sunday obligation until further notice."
For those who are healthy, "As of now Sunday services will still be held and those not in a vulnerable position are encouraged to attend and join your prayers to those who are absent." The Bishop has outlined precautions to be taken at Mass for the health and safety of parishioners. Read his statement on COVID-19 Liturgical Practices.
Bishop Callahan reminds us that, "Liturgical prayer, particularly the Eucharist, the Source and Summit of our faith, is essential for all believers," and, "This lifting of the obligation to attend Mass in no way reduces the command to keep Holy the Sabbath." He encourages those unable to attend Mass to participate in spiritual communion by praying with a televised Mass if possible (links below), or as described in the Code of Canon Law 1248 (2), to "'devote themselves to prayer for a suitable time alone, as a family, or, as the occasion permits, in groups of families.'" To view Sunday readings, visit USCCB.org.
Read Bishop Callahan's full pastoral address and decree to the people of the Diocese of La Crosse HERE.
Tri-Parish parishioners, please contact Father Emmanuel with any questions.
All Tri-Parish and Diocesan updates concerning COVID-19 will be posted as information becomes available.
Three Ways to Participate in Mass at Home:
1) Fr. Emmanuel - Live streamed Mon-Sat at 10:00AM (see bulletin for Sunday) on Parish Facebook pages - DO NOT NEED FACEBOOK to participate! (Video available after live stream ends.)
2) Watch live or prerecorded Sunday Mass via https://diolc.org/tvmass, the diocesan YouTube channel, Facebook, or televised on Ch 18 Eau Claire at 9:30am Sundays.
3) Watch EWTN televised Mass, live-streamed at 7:00AM, 11AM, and 11PM, or at the same time on your EWTN cable channel.
Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.