182590 County Road C, Wittenberg, WI 54499
Saturday 6:00 pm Masses are cancelled until further notice
Sunday 8:30 am
Saturday 5:35 -5:55 pm
Sunday 8:00 - 8:20 am
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.
Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, March 19, 2020
“In Omnia Paratus” – in English, “Prepared in all Things,” “Ready for all Things!” Holy Mass for this feast was all prepared, signed up parishioners totaling about 50, ministers assigned, Pastor ready, social & dinner all set to go, until in connection with the corona virus, it had to be canceled at the directive of the Governor Evers and the Diocese, to help reduce the spread of the virus.
But it is precisely the same unshakable trust in God that enabled St. Joseph to accept this humanly difficult vocation as the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus that we, the Parishioners of St. Joseph in Galloway, celebrate his feast privately this year to ponder on what God can do as we face the dread of the corona virus. As in the Annunciation, with God all things are possible, so we entrust our worldly care through the intercession of St. Joseph that we will prevail by God’s will (Deo volente).
St. Joseph was chosen by the Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of His great Treasure, Jesus and Mary. He carried out this difficult task with complete fidelity. Through him and under his care, Christ was fittingly introduced to our world. After the Blessed Virgin Mary, we undoubtedly owe special gratitude and reverence to Joseph. His role in the salvation history seems to be both simple and yet profound: carpenter, husband, father and remarkably, a dreamer. Joseph surely worked for God out of his comfort zone: Take Mary home to be your wife; Take the babe Jesus and go to Egypt; Take the baby Jesus and return to Nazareth; why are you looking for me, Do you not know I must be in my Father’s house?
We say Follow your heart but Joseph followed God’s heart, God’s design, God’s will; he followed what God always wanted him to do. He gave God a listening ear.
Joseph, the wise man exhorts us to lift our gaze to the Father in Heaven and push our sick stricken world before the Lord for his healing. As we do so he also calls us to have an open ear for the Lord.
St. Joseph, you who did the will of the Father, keep us ever united in the love of Jesus Christ, who was obedient to the Father, now and forever more. Amen.
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.