18 May 2020
A parish update and the Catholic Comeback
Read the letter mailed to all parishioners here.
1 April 2020
The priests of the Archdiocese had a conference call today with Archbishop Listecki and other archdiocesan staff. Several decisions were communicated:
1. We cannot distribute palms on Palm Sunday - as we had just said we would. I am also disappointed and frustrated with this decision - because I thought the palms (though unnecessary) would be a helpful, physical contact with the Church and your faith. However, it reminds us again to stay close to Jesus.
2. Given state and federal recommendations, the suspension of the public celebration of Mass has been extended until May 3. The obligation to attend Sunday Mass has been lifted until May 31. (This all could change again...)
3. The schedule for the Holy Week & Triduum will continue as previously communicated....
- Holy Thursday: Father Jonathon will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper privately at 7:00 PM at St. Peter;
- Good Friday: Father Jonathon will celebrate the Good Friday Liturgy privately at 1:00 PM on April 10 at St. Lawrence.
- Holy Saturday: The Easter Vigil Mass will be celebrated privately at 8:30 PM at St. Peter.
- Easter Sunday: Father Jonathon will celebrate Mass privately at 10:00 AM at St. Peter.
- We are working on ways to broadcast/stream the liturgies of these most holy days. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding. Changes will be communicated as best as possible.
May Our Lady of Good Help pray for us, our families, and those who are helping to keep us safe!
Fr. Jonathon Schmeckel
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.