Overview

  • All public Masses are suspended indefinitely, per direction from Archbishop Listecki. This includes Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.
  • 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 remains open, but with limited staff. Please call or email rather than visit.
  • Nearly all parish and archdiocese events, activities and classes have been postponed or cancelled.
  • The remainder of 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.)

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

Specifics

Masses

  • All public Masses are suspended indefinitely, per direction from Archbishop Listecki. This includes Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.
  • Fr. Patrick and our help-out priests will offer Masses privately each day for the intentions scheduled for those dates.
  • Parishioners and others are encouraged to participate in the Mass from home. For at-home Sunday and weekday Mass options, see the Mass Schedule page.

Liturgy of the Word

Fr. Patrick also encourages families to do a Sunday celebration – a Liturgy of the Word – from home. Locate the Scripture readings from the Daily Readings page of the US Bishops website. Then use this “Sunday Celebrations” document to create your family’s Liturgy of the Word.

Spiritual Communion

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

Daily reflections from our bishops are available here from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Fr. Patrick is providing video recordings of his homilies and reflections for Sundays, selected weekday readings, and various topics. See the St. Francis Borgia YouTube channel.

Confessions

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

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.

Praying at our 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 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day for prayer.

The South Church is open to the public:
– Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Friday from 7 a.m. until 8:30 a.m.

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.

Start with the Sign of the Cross.

On the Rosary Beads: Begin with an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be.

On the Our Father beads pray: Eternal Father, I offer you the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. Repeat each time.

On the Hail Mary Beads pray: For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. Repeat for each bead.

In conclusion, pray three times: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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 as we pray through Lent.

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), has issued the following regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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:

Pope Francis’ Prayer with Mary for COVID-19
COVID-19: A Prayer of Solidarity

Online resources for Catholics

“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. See this News item from our website.

Ideas

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.

Additional Information

For questions, please contact the parish office at 262-377-1070 or send an email.