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-Fri at 10:00AM and 4:00PM Saturdays (weekend Mass) 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.