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Volunteer to Help with Public Masses!
We desire to continue having public Masses on the weekends, and we would like to resume public Masses on Wednesdays and on First Saturdays. To make that possible, we need several volunteers to ensure that St. Mary's is safe, set-up and sanitized for our parishioners and guests. If you are comfortable attending Mass and find yourself in the low-risk category for Covid-19, please consider serving on one of the following teams!
This is a quick and easy way to serve the parish! Great especially for families who want to serve together. Volunteers for the Sanitizing Team arrive 15 minutes before Mass to prepare the building and live stream, then stay 15 minutes after Mass to sanitize the pews and other high-contact areas of the church. This team helps us stay compliant with both Diocesan protocols and Health Department recommendations to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and ensure that we can continue to safely gather together as a community of faith and love.
Perfect for people with a heart for hospitality, service, and the ability to notice the needs of others. Volunteers for the Usher Team arrive 1 hour prior to the start of Mass to greet people, offer hand sanitizer and masks, show people to their pews, help with the line for Holy Communion, dismiss people after Mass, and notice/help with any particular needs of our parishioners and guests. Ushers are usually asked to serve every other week.
As a service to our priests, we have a team of reverent and detail-oriented volunteers who set up and take down the altar before and after each Mass. Volunteers generally arrive about 30 minutes before Mass and stay 30 minutes after Mass, and a one-time individual training is required before volunteering in this position. Sacristan volunteers are also given a special reserved pew toward the front!
Or call Jacqueline at 715-855-1294 ext 106
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Update July 31, 2020
Dear St. Mary's Parishioners,
You may have seen the recent public health emergency and statewide Wisconsin mask mandate from Governor Evers.
Below, you'll also find a corresponding letter from Bishop Callahan to our parish, letting us know how this will affect public Masses as we gather together. Please click the following attachment to read through the letter carefully.
If you are planning to attend Masses this weekend, note that signage will be posted with the new requirement to wear a mask indoors. We will also have free masks available for you in case you do not have your own.
In the hearts of Jesus and Mary,
Father Derek Sakowski
Current Status (as of Aug 9, 2020)
- Weekend Masses are open to the public. Saturday at 4:00pm, Sunday at 11:00am & 1:00pm (Spanish). Including a careful distribution of Holy Communion. We plan to do a live stream broadcast of all 3 Masses on our facebook page. We will be taking several precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Seating capacity will be limited due to social distancing. If desiring to attend, please arrive early and follow instructions. Please consider wearing a mask for the protection of others. We may be directing overflow to the parish hall to participate via live stream (and have Communion brought there).
- No Sunday obligation. At this time, Catholics in our diocese are not obligated to come to Sunday Mass. Please consider staying home if you are elderly or otherwise at-risk for dying of COVID-19. You can tune into our live stream or to the Channel 18 TV Mass and make a spiritual communion.
- Weekday Masses not yet open to the public. We hope to resume Wednesday Mass soon; more volunteers are needed. Would you be willing to help? Please let us know!
- First Saturdays. We are hoping to be able to resume our longstanding practice of devotions, rosary, and Mass on the First Saturday of each month. We need to ensure sufficient ushers and sanitizing teams. Would you be willing to help? Please let us know!
- Confessions. The Sacrament of Confession is available in the parking lot by drive-up method. Sat from 10am-Noon. Look for the lineup of cars. Drive up to the next available priest. Stay in your car / shut off the ignition.
- Church Locking / Unlocking. The church will now be locked for sanitizing on Sat and Sun aside from the Mass and Confession times. We will continue to be unlocked Mon-Fri from 9:00am to 9:00pm for private prayer or to drop off your donation envelope. Please practice social distancing (6 feet or more), consider wearing a mask. If you feel ill or have a fever, please stay home.
- Offertory Giving. Even if you cannot come to Mass, we still very much need and appreciate your support. Ways to keep giving: (a) Drop off your envelope; (b) Mail in your donation (1812 Lynn Ave Altoona 54720); or give online now.
- Office Hours. Mon-Thurs 9am to Noon
For those times when you cannot go to communion in person, please take the time to make a spiritual communion, praying for all the same blessings and graces from the Lord. You can use these or similar words:
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.