Message from Fr. Patrick:
We hear in Psalm 46, “God is our refuge and our strength, an ever present help in distress. Therefore we fear not, though the earth be shaken and mountains plunge into the depths of the sea. ….. The Lord of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob.” Many of you have been blessed to deepen your trust in God in these challenging times through Eucharistic Adoration at the South Church.
Many of you are probably aware of Governor Evers’ “Emergency Order #12: Safer at Home Order.” This order states, “All individuals present within the State of Wisconsin are ordered to stay at home or at their place of residence, with the exceptions outlined below.” Section 13h. states the following exception:
h. Weddings, funerals, and religious entities. Religious facilities, entities, groups, and gatherings, and weddings and funerals, except that any gathering shall include fewer than 10 people in a room or confined space at a time and individuals shall adhere to Social Distancing Requirements as much as possible.
This is good reminder of the essential character of the spiritual life. In light of this, our extended hours of Eucharistic Adoration fall under this exception. Nonetheless, in order to ensure proper safety and to respect the law, the following requirements must be followed:
- Anyone who enters the church must sanitize their hands before entering the church and after leaving.
- A person may not enter the church if that person or a family member has experienced any flu-like symptoms within the last two weeks, even if you believe they are the result of allergies.
- The number of people must NEVER exceed 10 at one time. If you see someone enter the church when there are already 10 present, please be prepared to leave so that the number is not exceeded.
- All present must ensure social distancing by remaining at least 6 feet apart from others at all times.
I also ask that if you are part of the “at risk population” that you consider getting a substitute for your spot until the Coronavirus has passed (Go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html to see if you are part of this population) However, I cannot restrict those in the at risk population from continuing to come to Adoration if they wish to do so. We continue to sanitize surfaces at both church sites daily. Anyone who feels uncomfortable continuing with their committed spot(s) should feel free to contact our Adoration Committee to find substitutes.
Please know that since the situation is continually changing, we may have to change our response. We want to provide for the spiritual needs of the parish but also to battle the spread of the virus and to ensure the safety of our parishioners in a reasonable manner.
Finally, I just want to thank each of you for your dedication to Christ and to this parish. Our Eucharistic Adoration is truly a gift, especially in this challenging time. Please know of my continued prayers for each of you in this time.
Fr. Patrick Burns