For all those that have responded to our COVID Appeal, I would like to express a very deep sense of gratitude. The response has been very generous, and will allow us to continue moving forward with many of our projects and obligations. This has been a very difficult time for many in our community and our families as the shutdown has had a direct impact on life in our nation, and we are no exception. The success of this appeal to date is a great testimony to the values we hold as Catholic Christians, and the sacrifices made are certainly appreciated by your greater parish family.
May God continue blessing you and yours in all manners.
OPENING THE CHURCH
This remains a stumbling block for me personally. I would love to see our churches lead the way back to a sense of normalcy, but we are not there as of yet. I know there are many that have told me they will not return until it is a normal activity, and I certainly appreciate that. However, we are part of the diocese, which is a good thing, even when challenges arrive. We strive to remain faithful, praying for our bishop and all in leadership as they are dealing with a very diverse response from across the diocese, the state and the nation.
After conversations with our bishop and others in La Crosse, I cannot say when these restrictions will be lifted. So for the time being, we will continue using the online sign up forms and taking precautions such as checking temperatures, offering masks for those that wish to have them, hand sanitizer stations and disinfecting the church between Masses. In addition, the water bubbler has been shut off and we ask that bathroom usage be limited. Holy water will not be in the fonts for the foreseeable future, but holy water is available in the font. If you would like holy water for your home or business, and need a bottle, please let us know and someone will get one for you.