182590 County Road C, Wittenberg, WI 54499
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
“Open to me the gates of holiness; I’ll enter and give thanks. This is the Lord’s own gate where the just may enter” (Psalm 118:20).
With this inspirational quote of the Psalmist, I write this
fraternal letter to assist us in our preparation and planning for the resumption of public worship/mass starting the weekend of
Saturday, May 30 at 4 pm and Sunday, May 31 at 8:30 am. Obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains dispensed until further notice. We highly encourage those that are at high risk should continue to participate in the Mass via television and social media.
Given particular situations in different parishes, be kindly informed that these guidelines are tailored to suit our parish family of St. Joseph, Galloway and that there could be slight variations from other parish settings.The guidelines as you plan, prepare and pray to attend public mass are as follows:
Attendance at each mass is limited to 25% occupancy. We can accommodate 75 people to keep with social distancing guidelines. Parishioners please try to attend only the masses in your parish.
When you enter the church the ushers will direct and seat you. Please sit where they direct you.They will also direct communicants when to go receive Holy Communion.
Please drop all donations for offertory and envelopes in the lock box located behind the ushers’ pew. There will not be an offertory collection.
At the end of mass please stay in your pew until the ushers dismiss you. As you leave please do not gather in the foyer. Go directly to the parking lot.
We need to follow these guidelines to continue to have public masses.
May God’s protection be over us all to keep everyone safe
as we resume public masses.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
As we await the day that we can be together again and celebrate the Holy Mass, let us remain together in prayer from our homes.
St. Joseph is open for private prayer daily from 8 am to 8 pm
Confessions by appointment only. Please call Fr. Gus at 715-454-6431 to arrange a time.
All confessions will take place in the St. Joseph Church confessional.
Please continue to watch our website & Facebook for updates and special announcements. Please sign up for the parish app at https://myparishapp.com/ or in your app store on your smart phone if you have not already done that as messages are sent out regularly from our parish as well as the diocese. Bulletins are available in the church every week as well as here on our website and the parish app.
May St. Joseph, our patron, watch over us. May Jesus, Mary, and Joseph and the powerful Archangel Michael protect us and keep us safe.
Saturday 4:00 pm
Sunday 8:30 am
Confessions by appointment only. Please call Fr. Gus at 715-454-6431 to arrange a time. All confessions will take place in the St. Joseph Church confessional.
Baptized in Christ Jesus and nourished by His Word and Sacrament, we strive to live our daily lives in love and service to God and neighbor.
For the complete letter released by Bishop Callahan, please click here.
Here is a short summary,
"Dear faithful of the diocese, May the Lord give you peace. In light of the continued concern surrounding spreading the coronavirus COVID-19, and the advice of medical experts across the country and especially in our state, all public Masses in the Diocese of La Crosse will be canceled beginning 20 March 2020 until further notice. All fish fries, parish gatherings, etc. are also canceled.
Please note, however, churches will remain open for private prayer.... we are hopeful to resume public Mass by 1 May. As you know, these plans and regulations change every day. Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to shorten this time frame or any of these regulations."
With Masses being cancelled, please know that the church will be open for private prayer from 8 am – 8 pm Monday-Saturday and 8-Noon on Sunday beginning Friday, March 20th.
We encourage you to take time on the weekend spent in prayer.
If possible (and it is recommended) watch a Televised Mass broadcast in our area.
Saturday - Stevens Point Public Access, Channel 984 at noon and 5:30 pm
Wausau Public Access Channel 980 at 6 pm
Sunday – Wausau Cable and Satellite Channel 12 at 6:30 am
Wausau Public Access Channel 980 at 9 am
Masses can also be viewed on the diocesan website: diolc.org or St. Joseph Facebook page.
Let us pray that Our Lord and His Blessed Mother may watch over all of our brothers and sisters in Christ whose lives have been affected by this virus. May Jesus, Mary and Joseph be our source of strength and courage as we unite in prayer, asking Our Lord to bring healing and renewed hope to his people,
Fr. Augustine Bentil
Together we can pray this Spiritual Act of Communion:
An Act of Spiritual Communion
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.