- Public Masses have resumed. Catholics are obliged to return to Sunday worship, per direction from Archbishop Listecki. For those with extenuating circumstances, at-home Mass opportunities are available, including a live-streamed Sunday Mass from St. Francis Borgia
- Individual confessions (reconciliation) and Eucharistic Adoration continue.
- Our South Church is open for prayer during specified hours, subject to social distancing requirements and other precautions.
This page provides details and additional resources for our faith community during these challenging times.
Help in difficult times
Sometimes life throws an unexpected curve ball. If you or someone you know is facing a difficult time – due to COVID-19 issues or any other difficulty – there are many agencies and organizations that are able to help. If you don’t know where to start, contact St. Vincent de Paul and they would be glad to guide your efforts. You can reach them at 262-284-4637.
- Knights of Columbus – If you or someone you know is unable to leave home and needs help shopping, running errands, etc. during the virus outbreak, our Knights of Columbus are here to help. For information, contact the parish office.
- Family Sharing and many additional Ozaukee County agencies – For the list, see “Need a helping hand?”
- More resources: St. Vincent de Paul, Lumen Christi Employment Network, SAM (Substance Addiction Ministry), COPE Hotline, and Energy Assistance of Ozaukee – For information, see “Do you need some help?”
Your prayer requests
Prayer requests are welcome. Please ask for prayers by sending a Prayer Request Form to Fr. Patrick. He will include them in his personal prayer time. You can submit your request anonymously — or provide identifying information. All requests will be held in confidence.
- The parish regularly sends updates through email, including Fr. Patrick’s messages, video reflections and links for streamed Masses. If you do not receive these, and would like to be on the routing, sign up on the e-Communications page.
- View the online parish bulletin on the Parish Bulletin page, where you can also subscribe to receive email notifications as soon as the bulletins are available.
- Paper bulletins will be available after each weekend Mass. Bulletins will also be placed in the racks by Doors 2 and 3 (on the North Church plaza) on Monday morning.
- This parish website – SaintFrancisBorgia.org – is a broad source of news and parish information.
- For guidelines from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, see the COVID-19/Coronavirus Updates page. Here are the guidelines as of Sept. 14, 2020, showing that parishes have now entered PHASE TWO.
Financial support for the parish
We are very grateful to all who have provided continuing financial support. For ways to support our parish financially while social distancing, see the Giving Financial Support page.
For information about weekend and weekday Masses at St. Francis Borgia, see the Mass Schedule page.
Those not able to attend Mass at church are encouraged to participate in the Mass from home.
- For information about the obligation to attend Mass and exemptions for those with extenuating circumstances, see this News posting.
- For information about Masses streamed from our own church, and those available on television, radio, and other online resources, see the Streamed and Other Broadcast Liturgies – Resources page.
Communion for the homebound
Per Archbishop Listecki’s directives (9/14/2020), only clergy and a limited number parish-trained lay ministers may bring Communion to the homebound at this time. To schedule a visit for someone who is home-bound, please contact the parish office during business hours.
Homilies and Reflections
From our bishops
Sunday reflections from our bishops are available here from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
From our pastor
- Watch Fr. Patrick’s Sunday homilies in his streamed Sunday Masses. See the Streamed and other Broadcast Liturgies – Resources page.
- These and Fr. Patrick’s other recorded messages and reflections are available on the St. Francis Borgia YouTube channel and on the parish Facebook page.
- E-mail messages from the parish office alert parishioners to the latest videos and messages from Fr. Patrick. Those who aren’t receiving these emails can sign up on the e-Communications page.
Fr. Patrick continues to hear individual confessions at the North Church. For information, including the schedule and safety precautions, see the Reconciliation page.
Eucharistic Adoration and prayer at the South Church
Spend some time with Jesus! Our South Church is open for extended adoration hours every week. For all the details, including public access times and safety precautions, see the Eucharistic Adoration page.
The shrine at the North Church is available for personal prayer daily from dawn to dusk.
Divine Word Chaplet
Please join us from home in praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet each day during the 3 p.m. hour. This is a simple way to pray with the parish and the whole Church asking God’s presence and mercy on the whole world. The Chaplet is prayed on rosary beads, based on revelations to Sr. Faustina, who has since been canonized as a saint. See “How to Recite the Chaplet.”
Lectio Divina: Praying with Scripture and the Daily Readings
The daily Mass readings are available online. Here is a simple way to pray with the Scriptures.
- Lectio: Listening. Read the passage the first time. What is happening in the passage?
- Meditatio: Meditation. Read the passage again. What is God saying to you? What word or phrase has stuck out?
- Oratio: Prayer/discussion. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you what is meant by the word or phrase. Listen closely.
- Contemplatio: Rest in God’s presence and the answer that is given. What is God calling you to?
Prayer from the U.S. Bishops
Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), says “in this time of need, I invite all the faithful to seek together the maternal intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and I share this prayer with you:”
Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son, as you did at the wedding in Cana.
Pray for us, loving Mother, and gain for our nation and world, and for all our families and loved ones, the protection of your holy angels, that we may be spared the worst of this illness.
For those already afflicted, we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful, wipe away their tears and help them to trust.
In this time of trial and testing, teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind. Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.
We come to you with confidence, knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother, health of the sick and cause of our joy. Shelter us under the mantle of your protection, keep us in the embrace of your arms, help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
Other COVID-19 resources from the USCCB are here.
Online resources for Catholics
Adults and children – “Formed,” an online streaming service for Catholics is available through St. Francis Borgia Parish. Pulling together the best in Catholic movies, children’s programming, audio dramas and books, Formed provides a trusted and engaging entertainment alternative in support of a Catholic lifestyle. Additionally, their Bible studies, sacramental prep materials, documentaries, books and audio talks from leading Catholic experts will help you grow in understanding your faith. For sign-up and contact information, see this News item from our website.
Families and teens – Are you struggling to find ways to keep your family connected to their faith if you are unable to attend Mass? Life Teen has adapted their Summit materials to meet the needs of families around the world. Visit Summit Life Teen website for activities and discussion revolving around the Sunday readings. If you have any questions about the Summit program, please email the Director of Youth Formation.
Courageous Communion: Daily Living for Quarantined Catholics – This is the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s invitation to enter into deeper communion and bring others along. Through practical ideas, inspiration, and live-streamed remote events, Courageous Communion will prepare you to not only survive, but thrive, and be drawn into deeper communion with God and neighbor. Visit Courageous Communion here.
Kid Corner: Back to basics for family and faith. Just a few ideas of things you can do while at home with your family. It is important to pick a consistent time to pray and even teach the faith each day. See this News item from our website.