An update on Fr. Rick, palm distribution, Holy Week plans, and some little things along the way.
Read Fr. Jonathon's full statement here.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES
Due to growing concerns over CoVID19/Coronavirus and with respect to the Slinger School District suspending classes, the Tri-Parish community of Resurrection, St. Lawrence, and St Peter will also suspend all child and youth formation classes and activities until after Easter.
This suspension includes all religious education/faith formation classes (K-12th grade), First Communion Retreat, Last Supper w/ Father Rick, Friends & Frappes, the Passion Play Practice and Performance.
After Easter we will reassess the current situation, as well as the advice being offered by our public health officials to determine when it is advisable to resume child and youth activities. We will remain in contact with you through email for the purpose of updates and family friendly spiritual activities.
We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time of uncertainty. Know that we are praying for your family every day, stay well and joyful in the Lord.
As you continue your Lenten Journey please pray for all affected by the impact of coronavirus. If you choose to stay home from Mass, encourage one another through prayer together at home. Your priests remember you at each Mass even if you are not there.
We look forward to worshipping as a community again soon.
Archbishop Listecki (Holds Blessed Sacrament), Fr. John Burns (Assisting Priest), and Fr. Cliff Ermatinger (Spiritual Director) offer prayers of exorcism to drive away
all present evils from the Churches in Dodge/Washington Deanery: Very Rev. Richard J. Stoffel (Dean, Shared Pastor, St. Peter, St. Lawrence, Resurrection) and Fr. Jonathon A. Schmeckel (Shared Associate, St. Peter, St. Lawrence, Resurrection) present; also present: Ms. Cheryl Jaeger, School Principal; Ms. Eileen Belongia, Youth Minister, Mr. Paul Rogers, Pastoral Associate, at St. Peter, Slinger.
Archbishop Listecki consecrates the parishes of Dodge/Washington Deanery to St. Joseph as Protector of the Church.
On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Archbishop Listecki consecrated the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to St. Joseph and then traveled to 11 locations across the archdiocese to pray for healing from CoVID-19 and protection from evil. This blessing occurred on the first day of suspension of public Masses in the archdiocese.
In these challenging times, when the Church cannot gather for worship, Archbishop Listecki wishes to make it clear to the Church and to the world that prayer remains effective and God’s power is unsurpassable, despite prudent efforts to slow the spread of CoVID-19. As the local shepherd of the flock, Archbishop Listecki went out to the entire Archdiocese of Milwaukee to formally lift up the Church in prayer. Through his witness to prayer and God’s care for His people, Archbishop Listecki invites everyone to deepen their confidence in Divine protection and blessing.
Upon leaving the Cathedral, the Archbishop traveled with the Blessed Sacrament and two priests in procession to one parish in each of the 11 deaneries of the archdiocese. At each parish, he blessed the entire deanery and its people to communicate the reality that Jesus Christ abides in our midst in the Eucharist and is true to His promise: “Behold, I will be with you until the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). The itinerary was as follows.
9 a.m. – The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
Racine Deanery – St. Lucy's Catholic Parish in Racine, WI
Kenosha Deanery – St. Anne Catholic Parish, Pleasant Prairie
Walworth Deanery – St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish - Burlington, WI
Waukesha West Deanery – St. Leonard Catholic Church & School Muskego
Waukesha East Deanery – Saint John Vianney Parish, Brookfield
Dodge/Washington Deanery – St. Peter Catholic Church - Slinger, WI
Fond du Lac/Sheboygan Deanery
Ozaukee/Milw NE Deanery – St Monica Parish, Whitefish Bay
Milwaukee NW Deanery – Christ King Parish and School, Wauwatosa
Milwaukee SE Deanery – Blessed Sacrament School, Milwaukee
Milwaukee SW Deanery – St John The Evangelist Catholic Church, Greenfield
On the eve of the Solemnity of St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and during this difficult time for our world, let us remain steadfast in prayer, and confident in Christ’s power to deliver us from all evil.