We Will not be Celebrating Mass
As of Friday, March 20, there will be no public celebration of the Sacrament of Eucharist at St. Mark Church, St. Clare Hospital or Mt. View Care Center in response to health precautions from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the State of Wisconsin. Bishop Callahan issued a statement March 16 announcing that all public celebrations of Mass in the Diocese of La Crosse are canceled until further notice.
Watching Mass on the Internet and TV
While we will miss gathering as a church community to celebrate Mass together there are several options to engage with the liturgy on the internet and TV.
Here are links to several on-line sources, which allow you to watch a live-stream as the Mass is being celebrated or to watch it later:
– The monks of from St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minn., celebrated Mass at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, or you can or any time after that. St. John’s is also offering live-streaming of their daily 5 p.m. Mass.
– Old St. Patrick Parish in Chicago celebrates Mass at 10 a.m. Sunday. They also offer an opportunity to download a worship aid for that day’s liturgy.
– A Mass celebrated at St. Francis de Sales Seminary is offered by Heart of the Nation Catholic Mass.
there are several TV and on-line options by which to watch Mass. This does not take the place of being at Mass, but in this situation might be the next best thing.
Here is a listing of televised Lord’s Day liturgies:
– The TV Mass of the Diocese of La Crosse is broadcast on Channel 12 at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday on cable Channel 980 (Wausau Community Access).
– A Mass celebrated at St. Francis de Sales Seminary and offered by Heart of the Nation Catholic Mass is televised on on broadcast channels 9.2 and 34.2, and WGN America on DirecTV channel 307 and Dish channel 239.
Helping Us Pray
It is also important to set aside time for regular prayer, especially to read and ponder the readings proclaimed at Mass. Give Us This Day is making available to everyone free access to their digital edition, which includes content for daily prayer, Mass readings and a reflection upon those readings. You can find similar resources on-line.
MAGNIFICAT is now offering complimentary access to its iOS and Android Apps throughout May. To register for free access in English, visit www.magnificat.com/free.
We are also happy to make available complimentary access to MagnifiKid. Visit www.magnifikid.com/free to view and download each weekly booklet of our colorful Sunday missalette for children ages 6 through 12.