Statement from Fr. Ricardo Martin regarding CoVID-19 (Updated 10 AM CT 5.23.2020)
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. On April 30, the Archbishop announced that public weekend Masses will resume on Pentecost Sunday, beginning with the Vigil on May 30. 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 the same time, the Archbishop has extended the dispensation from Sunday obligation until July 5. It is perfectly fine to delay your return to Mass. If you are planning on attending Mass in person, we ask you to use our sign-up platform, as we are limited to 25% of our capacity.
In collaboration with Catholic Charities, Sacred Heart will be 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 food and other donations (masks, diapers, cleaning products, etc.)
During the month of May, we will continue celebrating Mass daily in the chapel and on Sundays in Church, both at 10 AM. The live-stream of these Masses can be found on the Parish's Facebook Page and in the livestream section of this page. I am also connecting with parishioners and friends for an informal chat on Facebook Live at 6:30 PM from Monday to Saturday.
This, too, 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.
Let us continue celebrating the hope-filled season of Easter.
Yours in the Risen Christ,
Fr. Ricardo Martin