Divine Mercy Related CoVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates
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Divine Weekly Update
Friday, October 23, 2020
He said to him,
"You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."
- Matthew 22:37-40
Parish News and Prayer Opportunities
This weekend, we celebrate Priesthood Sunday. We are grateful for the gifts of Fr. Joe and Fr. Harry to our community, and pray for them and for all priests. May God bless and strengthen them as they minister to the needs of the Kingdom of God. Please take some time to call or send a letter or card to let them know of your support and appreciation, and please pray for them! Prayer is the most powerful support we have.
Next Sunday is All Saints’ Day. We will celebrate this holy day during our weekend Masses, as well as commemorate the souls of the deceased of our parish from this past year. We also invite you to join us in a special Eucharistic Adoration and Prayer Service on Monday, November 2nd, from 6 - 7 pm at 800 Marquette Avenue, as we celebrate All Souls Day.
Next Sunday is also the end of Daylight Savings Time. Don’t forget to set your clocks back 1 hour before you go to bed on Saturday night.
The Divine Mercy Buildings and Grounds Committee is looking for two people with knowledge and expertise in the areas of electricity or electrical systems and HVAC-R to help keep our systems up and running at both our sites. The DMBGC is looking for an individual with knowledge and experience in residential/commercial electrical systems (industrial electrical experience is OK, too, but the parish’s two campuses fall more within the realm of residential/commercial electric). A licensed Journeyman electrician is preferred, although individuals with related electrical experience are also encouraged to inquire. Do you possess knowledge and understanding of building heating/cooling systems and refrigeration units? The DMBGC is looking for an experienced HVAC-R/mechanical systems technician or steamfitter to join the DMBGC.
If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, contact Patty Bollis, Director of Administrative Services, 414-762-6810 or firstname.lastname@example.org, at the parish office.
Calendar Raffles are coming soon! Looking for a wonderful gift that has the potential to give all year long? Divine Mercy Calendar Raffles will soon be available with a chance to win each day of the 2021 year! Sales and distribution will be a bit different this year due to COVID. To avoid lingering and lines, calendar raffle tickets will be available after Masses and at the Parish and School Offices. We encourage you to take your raffle home to fill out and then return it, along with your $20 payment, in the collection basket, by mail, using the drop slot at the parish office, or dropping it off at either the school or parish offices. Only 1,000 calendars are being printed. Stay tuned for more information on their coming release!
Christmas is coming, and we know you’re thinking about Christmas Masses. We are, too! The Prayer & Worship Committee and parish leadership have been working hard to develop a good system and schedule for Mass times this year in light of coronavirus. Details are being worked out and will be communicated within the next few weeks. We appreciate your patience as we strive to provide a safe holiday Mass plan for all. Watch our Update and the bulletin for more information as it becomes available.
Please help us pray for a candidate to fill our Coordinator of Child and Youth Ministry position. We have been prayerfully seeking to fill this vacant and much-needed position in our parish. The development of our young people is something we take very seriously, and we need a vibrant individual to join our pastoral team and minister to our youth. If you or someone you know might be interested, please see the job description on the Archdiocesan website and contact us. We appreciate your prayers so the Lord sends the right person our way!
Pray the Rosary with us during the entire month of October! October is the Month of the Holy Rosary. Divine Mercy will be praying the Rosary all month long before the 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. Masses. Please come 20 minutes prior to the start of Mass to join us in this beautiful prayer. The Rosary and other prayers can be found under the Pray section of our website.
Just a reminder that our Celebration of the Mass is only possible to the extent that everyone is doing their part to protect themselves and each other by following the health and safety guidelines. Thank you for wearing a mask and for keeping it on for the duration of the Mass to ensure a healthy worshipping environment for all.
We continue to stream our 7:30 a.m. Sunday Mass for our homebound brothers and sisters. You are still an important part of our parish and we continue to pray with and for you. Masses are available for viewing anytime after they are streamed live on our Divine Mercy Facebook and YouTube channel.
While the dispensation has been lifted, there are still exceptions for those exempt from the obligation to attend Mass. Under normal circumstances, Catholics are already dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for grave reasons, such as illness or caring for the sick or infants. Today, being in the high-risk category for contracting COVID-19 is considered a grave reason. We pray for all those unable to join us at Mass at this time and for your return one day soon.
Saturday Confessions are available again! Each Saturday at 3:00 p.m., both Fr. Joe and Fr. Harry will be available to hear confessions at Marquette Avenue. In order to provide safe distance and still maintain confidentiality, they will be utilizing the classrooms just off our Gathering Area. The waiting area will be in the large room of the Gathering Space. Please note there is a capacity of 35 people in the Gathering Space. Procedures for Reconciliation at Divine Mercy can be found here. May the peace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, be with you!
Please remember in prayer the family, friends, and souls of all the recently deceased of our parish, especially Paula Ann Pezzi, Marie Bauer, and Doris Wendt. May they 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 them, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
A special video message from the Archdiocese, “See You at Mass,” is available here. "Each week, we are given 168 hours. To go to Mass on Sunday is one hour — just one hour. It is a gift that I give myself each week." Mary Tretow (St. Mary's Visitation, Elm Grove, and principal at St. Mary's Visitation School) shares with us her personal testimony on the joys and necessities of attending Mass. "See You at Mass" is an invitation from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to return to Mass. There is a new message each week that we will share.
Thank you to all who supported us in our SOLES for Education walk to raise funds for Divine Mercy School. We are pleased to announce that we reached our goal of raising $5,000, but we can still use your support to make Catholic Education the best it can be. 100% of your donations go right to our school AND a portion of the funds we raise will be matched by some generous sponsors, so your help is appreciated! You can support us by texting SOLES13 to 71777 or by visiting www.catholicschoolswalk.org.
You can also support us with Sweet Feet! Purchase a special shoe to line our hallways by using this form. Each “sweet feet” shoe is a minimum $1.00 donation. More details accompany the form through the above link. We’re aiming for 50 feet; we’re at 30, so far. We hope you’ll walk with us on our journey toward a great, Catholic education. We’ll be collecting donations until the end of October if you still want to support us! We thank you for prayers and support!
SCRIP is back on a smaller scale, but is more important than ever to support our day school! Simply fill out your contact information on the form, indicate your order, and place it in the collection basket, return it to the parish office, or email it to Kristin Menzia. Kristin will contact you when and where to pick up your order. Payment can be included with your order or at the time of pickup. We're hoping this procedure is only temporary, so please be patient. God bless and thank you for supporting Divine Mercy School!
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 Accommodations **THE ALPHABET SUGGESTIONS ARE NO LONGER APPLICABLE;
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 parishioners, 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, parishioners 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 parishioners. All of our volunteers will be required to wear masks and gloves.
- Ushers will seat parishioners 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 parishioners 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 parishioners 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 parishioners, 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!