Divine Mercy Related CoVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates
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Divine Weekly Update
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Mass and Prayer Opportunities
We are very excited to welcome Fr. Harry Buzbuzian to Divine Mercy Parish as our Associate Pastor! Fr. Harry joined us officially August 4th and we look forward to getting to know him as he navigates his way around our parish in the days and months ahead. He comes to us after serving the Catholic Communities of Waukesha for the last few years, but he’s spent over thirty years abroad as a missionary, priest and medic around the world. He is a wonderful addition to our Parish and, while we are unable to have a formal reception for him at this time due to current coronavirus restrictions, please be sure to welcome him with letters, cards, email or phone calls. Fr. Harry - we’re so glad to have you with us!
Please remember in prayer the family, friends, and the souls of all the recently deceased of our parish, especially the souls of Thomas Dinauer. May he enjoy the fullness of life in the company of the risen Christ, and may those who mourn receive the gift of God’s peace in their time of grief. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Please come back to Mass if you are able! Our capacity remains at 250 persons per Mass, but we still have plenty of room for all who wish to attend. A reminder that the alphabet suggestions for Masses have been lifted; all Masses are open to all people! Please attend whichever Mass time works best for you. We look forward to worshipping with you! COVID practices remain in place and everyone should be sanitizing and wearing masks in accordance with current state health mandates.
If you are unable to attend Mass in-person, remember that you can worship with us as we stream our 7:30 a.m. Sunday Mass each week. These Masses are available for viewing anytime after they are streamed live on our Divine Mercy Facebook and YouTube channel. The dispensation for the Sunday Mass obligation set by Archbishop Listecki has been extended through September 6th. We will keep you up-to-date should this change in the future.
Tuesday, August 11th is an Election Day! Divine Mercy is a polling location at both our College Avenue and Marquette Avenue sites. We will still be having Mass that day at our Marquette Avenue Church. Plan ahead to allow yourself extra time to park and enter with the extra community members that may be present (and maybe invite them to Mass).
Check out our updated Mass Schedule! There you can find updated information and procedures for how to attend and participate in Adoration and daily and weekend Mass during our Catholic Comeback. All of the important information regarding Mass and Adoration is also available on this page. We hope you’ll join us!
Let’s pray together! This August, our prayers will be centered on the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We would love for you to join us! For information on our daily prayers, check out our prayer resource page on our website.
The August 2nd "Sunday Reflection" from Auxiliary Bishop Jeffrey Haines is available here. The bishops of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee will be offering, "Sunday Reflections," to help us understand the spiritual dimension of the crisis we are going through. Check the Archdiocesan page to receive this weekly reflection and for other Archdiocesan information.
Christian Formation Update
Don’t forget, registration for 2020/2021 is open! A letter from our Director of Faith Formation, John Esser, can be found here. This letter explains the registration process, dates for the formation year, and includes a link to register online.
Do you have the heart of a teacher? Can you help us pass on the faith? You might be a great catechist! We are currently looking for catechists to help with our formation program. Please call John at the parish office 414-762-6810 for more information or to volunteer.
Our summer program ends Friday, August 21st. Please remember, because of the previously mentioned changes to our ECC programming, care falls under the school after the 21st.
Before and Aftercare enrollment forms are now available! Please look on the school website for forms and pricing information. Hours of operation will be 6:30-7:45am and 3:15-5:30pm. Before and Aftercare will begin on Tuesday, August 25th, 2020. If you have more questions or would like more information, please contact the office at email@example.com
Parents of students please be sure to check your emails tomorrow (Thursday, August 6th) for information regarding Assessment Day and frequently asked questions. Back to school paperwork will be sent out next week. This will include emergency contact forms, supply lists, updated health policy, and a note from your teachers.
Beginning on August 25th, the Early Childhood will be incorporated within Divine Mercy Catholic School. Spaces are open in our two year old room and 3K Preschool. The two year old room has options for full day and half day care. Our 3K Preschool program is a full time (7:45-3:15) program. Children may come two full days, three full days or five full days. Enrollment forms are available on the school website at divinemercysmschool.org. Questions about rates, times, and availability may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
With that being said, returning to mass is going to be different. We understand that this will be quite a transition, and in all honesty, this is a challenge for all of us on the parish leadership. We want to accommodate the best way possible, but at the same time, maintain a safe, clean, and comfortable environment for all. In order for us to return safely, we need the cooperation and positive support from everyone. This is not the time to criticize, complain, or find fault. Through the efforts of our parish leadership, the Prayer and Worship Committee, and the staff from the Archdiocese, we have put together a plan that will achieve our number one goal: That EVERYONE stays safe! In order for us to keep things moving orderly and safely, it is imperative that everyone cooperate.
Mass Times: Saturday, 4pm= A-H Sunday, 7:30am= I-O Sunday, 11:00am= P-Z
In order to spread our congregation out as evenly as possible, we are suggesting you come according to your last name in the alphabet. This isn’t a requirement, just a suggestion. We won’t be checking your photo ID’s! However, if you are able and don’t mind making a slight change in your mass schedule for the time being, it would really help keep the numbers evened out to accommodate everyone.
As you notice, we have omitted, for the time being, the 9:30 Sunday mass. This is NOT PERMANENT- we will resume with 4 once our associate pastor arrives in August. There are 2 reasons for this:
- This is to allow enough time for our maintenance crew to do a thorough sanitization and cleaning of the church, bathrooms, and gathering space in between masses.
- Per Canon Law, Father Joe is only allowed to say 3 masses. We are without a help out priest at this time.
This the 25% of our current seating capacity, which is all we can have at this time. Also, this capacity is for Sunday masses ONLY. Per the Archdiocese, we must continue to limit the occupancy for funerals and weddings until further notice.
- There will be ONLY ONE ENTRANCE/EXIT, which is in the narthex area only. This is to ensure that we can keep an accurate count of who enters, and also minimizes contact with other areas to clean/sanitize.
- Ushers will open doors for parishoners, and all interior doors will be left open.
- EVERYONE is required to sanitize hands before they enter the church, even if you’re wearing gloves. There will be 2 ushers/greeters to give that to everyone as they enter church.
- Once you enter the building, parishoners must immediately go to their seats. Therefore, if someone wants to sit with a friend or family member who hasn’t arrived, they will need to wait in their cars until their group arrives and enter together.
- Masks are strongly encouraged to be worn by parishoners. All of our volunteers will be required to wear masks and gloves.
- Ushers will seat parishoners EVERY OTHER ROW, at a safe distance. Members of the same family may sit close, but at least 6 feet distance between others. Ushers will start at the front, and work their way back in order to keep an eye on capacity. Please respect and do as the ushers ask of you.
- Once we have met capacity, we will not be able to accommodate extra people. Those will be asked to either come at a later time or watch masses online. This will be enforced.
- Please stay home if you are sick or experiencing any symptoms of Corona, Flu, fevers, nausea, or other illness. If you come in sneezing or coughing, we will ask you not to enter the church and to go home.
- It is strongly recommended that if you are in the “at risk” category, have underlying medical conditions, or experience extreme anxiety with being around others at this time, to stay home and watch our livestream.
- The Archbishop has granted dispensation, or permission, from attending mass in person until August 2. You are, however, strongly encouraged to participate in spiritual communion if you feel the need to stay home at this time.
- Doors will be open when we are ready to open them. This is to allow time for proper cleaning and sanitizing before and after each mass. Please wait in your car until the “all clear” has been given.**
- Please, if at all possible, take care of all bathroom business before you come to church. Our bathrooms will be available, but we want to avoid any gathering of people as much as possible.
- We will not have any hymnbooks or orders of worship at this time. All song lyrics will be presented on the screens, or you can download them from our Daily Update every Friday.
- We are also pleased to say we can hand out bulletins. If you would like one, please ask an usher who will be prepared to hand you one with zero contact. You may also access it on our parish website.
- All holy water fonts have been emptied until further notice, so holy water is not available.
- For the time being, vigil candles will not be available to light.
- During the Sign of Peace, we ask that there is no physical contact during this time. Just wish your neighbor the Lord’s Peace.
- Under the directives of the Archdiocese, communion for the sick and homebound will NOT be available until further notice. Only those present in church can receive communion.
- Eucharist is to only be received in the hand at this time. No Blood of Christ will be offered until further notice.
- Only Father Joe will be distributing the Eucharist. We have an organized way of getting people through the communion line. If for some reason you cannot come forward, please let an usher know so we can have Father Joe come to you.
- Please remember- mass ends when Father Joe gives the final blessing! We ask that you not leave early, in order for us to dismiss in an organized manner. Also, we exit the way we came in.
- When mass has ended, we will be dismissing people row by row, starting from the balcony, then the back to the front. This is a great time for parishoners to take time to pray as they wait. This is a form of reverence and respect for our Eucharistic Lord, and also provides a prayerful atmosphere as we dismiss.
- For the time being, the Presentation of the Gifts has been eliminated from the liturgy, per the Archdiocese. We will be taking collections after mass has ended, and we ask that all parishoners drop their collection in a basket on the way out of church.
- Ushers will have hand sanitizer available on your way out to use before leaving. We encourage everyone to wash hands once they arrive home.
- There will not be any time for social gathering in the gathering space or parking lot. As you are dismissed, please go immediately to your car. This is to allow for enough time for the cleaning crew to sanitize.
- Once you arrive home, it is strongly recommended that you wash your hands, and wash your clothes immediately.
- At this time, confessions will be heard by appointment only. We cannot use the confessional room due to the social distancing rules, and we have no place available before masses to protect your privacy. Please contact Father Joe at the parish office to set up your appointment.
Most of all, please pray for our community and for an end to this disease. Pray for Father Joe, and for all priests, as they navigate this new way of attending mass. Pray for our parish leadership and staff as we work to implement and make this transition as seamless as possible. Pray for our parishoners, especially those who may not be ready to join us, that they will be back with us very soon to worship.
We can’t wait to see you soon! God Bless You!
Father Joe and the Divine Mercy Administrative Team
This is something being asked by people who have been surprised upon late arrival that they are unable to get in. As mentioned in previous Divine Daily Updates, it is our policy to lock the doors once Mass begins for safety and to control the number of attendees. As a reminder, here is that policy:
We will be opening the doors for Mass 30 minutes prior to the start time. Doors will be closed and locked once the Mass begins, or when we meet our capacity, in order for us to keep tabs on the number of people in the building.
We understand our return to Mass has been a strange transition for all, us included! However, for everyone’s safety it is important we maintain these protocols. For the reasons explained above those arriving late will not be able to enter. This applies to daily and weekend Masses. Please be sure to arrive within that thirty minute window! Thank you!