Statement from Fr. Ricardo Martin regarding CoVID-19 (Updated 1:15 PM CT 7.7.2020)
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.) 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. Please note that we are asking those who attend 10 AM Mass on Sunday to wear masks for the entire duration of the Mass. We still have two more Masses on the weekend at which parishioners may choose to wear a mask or not. A reminder that the Archbishop has extended the dispensation from Sunday obligation until August 2nd.
We will continue live-streaming all Masses 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 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 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 food and other donations (masks, diapers, cleaning products, etc.)
At this time of civil unrest, Sacred Heart commits to being a community of 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