Statement from Fr. Ricardo Martin regarding CoVID-19 (Updated 4:30 PM CT 7.30.2020)
As Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, I wanted to share an update with you as we work to manage through the CoVID-19 crisis that is impacting the world. Public Masses have resumed in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. In order to protect the safety of the congregation and uphold the dignity of the sacrament, the Archdiocese has dictated a number of directives and guidelines that all parishes and priests will need to follow. The Archdiocese has produced a video to assist parishes and parishioners in dealing the directives. At Sacred Heart, we have adapted the directives to our particular worship space and community. A summary of these directives can be accessed here. At this time, we celebrate public weekday Masses on Tuesday and Friday (at 10 AM with a limit of 50 people in attendance) and during the weekend (Saturday 4:30 PM and Sunday at 8 AM and 10 AM.) For weekend Masses, we ask you to use our sign-up portal, as we are limited to 25% of our capacity. A reminder that the Archbishop has extended the dispensation from Sunday obligation until September 6th. Today, July 30, Governor Evers has issued an executive order that makes masks mandatory at all Masses, with the exception of those who have a medical condition that keeps them from using a face covering. We will continue live-streaming all Masses on the Parish's Facebook Page and in the live-stream section of this page. I am also connecting with parishioners and friends for an informal chat on Facebook Live at 6:30 PM Tuesdays and Fridays.
In collaboration with Catholic Charities, Sacred Heart is operating a food bank, from Monday to Friday from 11 AM to 1 PM. If you or anybody you know needs help, please contact us at (262) 634-5526 or use this confidential email. We are also accepting donations of food, other products (masks, diapers, cleaning products, etc,) and financial donations for this program.
At this time of civil unrest, Sacred Heart commits to being a community of safety and healing, especially through prayer, action, and education. We invite you to watch this video we have produced.
This difficult time will pass, and I believe we will emerge from this crisis as better individuals, families and faith communities—a better society in a better world. This statement will be updated as needed.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Ricardo Martin, JCL