- All public Masses are suspended until the weekend of May 31, per direction from Archbishop Listecki.
- St. Francis Borgia and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee offer at-home opportunities for worship.
- Individual confessions (reconciliation) and Eucharistic Adoration continue.
- Our churches are open for prayer during specified hours, subject to social distancing requirements and a maximum of 10 persons at a time.
- The parish office is again open Monday through Friday. Please call or email rather than visit.
This page provides details and additional resources for our faith community during these challenging times.
Help for parishioners from the Knights of Columbus
Our Knights of Columbus are offering to run errands for those who should remain at home. If you’d like to get in touch with them for assistance, contact the parish office. (See Additional Information below.)
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.
How to stay informed
- The weekly parish bulletin is available online only, per directives from the Archdiocese.
- This parish website – SaintFrancisBorgia.org – is a broad source of news and parish information.
- The parish regularly sends updates through email, including Fr. Patrick’s messages and video reflections. If you do not receive these, and would like to be on the routing, sign up on the e-Communications page.
To assist with your questions, the parish office is again open Monday – Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Office hours are subject to change. If possible, please call or email rather than visit in person. See the Parish Office page for details and contact information.
Financial support for the parish
We are very grateful to all who have provided continuing financial support. There are five ways that you can support our parish financially while observing social distancing. (See the Giving Financial Support page.) During this unusual time, please make your donation by check (rather than cash) regardless of whether you are mailing or dropping it off.
- All public Masses are suspended until the weekend of May 31, per direction from Archbishop Listecki. See the Mass Schedule page for more information.
- Fr. Patrick and our help-out priests offer Masses privately each day for the intentions scheduled for those dates.
Participating in Mass from home
- Parishioners and others are encouraged to participate in the Mass from home.
- For details, including streamed Masses from our own church, as well as those available on television, radio, and other online resources, see the Streamed and Other Broadcast Liturgies – Resources page.
Liturgy of the Word – household celebration
As an alternative to viewing Mass on television or online during the COVID-I9 pandemic, Fr. Patrick encourages families to do a Sunday celebration – a Liturgy of the Word – from home.
- This is a prayer service developed for situations where there is no priest.
- See the Liturgy of the Word at Home – Resources page.
Although we cannot receive the Eucharist in physical form during the Mass suspension, we are able to receive Jesus spiritually through this prayer:
My Jesus, 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, 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. Amen.
Fr. Patrick has recorded a reflection on another way to experience Spiritual Communion. View it here.
Homilies and Reflections
From our bishops
Daily reflections from our bishops are available here from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
From our pastor
- Fr. Patrick’s Sunday homilies are included in his streamed Sunday Masses. See the Streamed and other Broadcast Liturgies – Resources page.
- Video recordings of Fr. Patrick’s homilies and reflections for selected weekday readings and topics are available on the St. Francis Borgia YouTube channel. Fr. Patrick also posts his homilies on the parish Facebook page. NOTE: There is always a video posted on the home page of this website, along with a link to more of Fr. Patrick’s videos.
- 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.
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.
North and South Churches
We are blessed that our churches can remain open for prayer. For the health of everyone, please be mindful of safe distancing. Thank you!
The North Church is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day for prayer.
- The North Church will be closed Tuesday, May 26 and Friday, May 29 to clean and prepare for Masses on May 30-31.
- The North Church will open at 4 p.m. on Saturday (May 30) to allow seating for Mass at 4:30 p.m.
The South Church is open to the public:
– Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
– Friday from 7 a.m. until 8:30 a.m.
Additional hours for the South Church: May 29-30
- The SOUTH Church will be OPEN for personal prayer on Friday (May 29) and Saturday (May 30) from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.
- Please enter via the back door.
Divine Word Chaplet
Please join us in praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet each day during the 3 p.m. hour, a simple way to pray for God’s Mercy 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?
Prayers 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 prayers from the USCCB related to the Coronavirus Crisis include:
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 with the absence of public 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 KC Kranich, our youth minister.
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.
For questions, please contact the parish office at 262-377-1070 or send an email.