FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
POSITION OPEN AT ST JOHN’S MARSHFIELD
We have an opening at St John the Baptist parish for a part
time bookkeeper/ financial secretary. If you are interested, please submit a resume, cover letter and 3 references to St John’s Rectory, 201 W Blodgett St, Marshfield, WI. We will accept applications until filled.
REOPENING OF THE CHURCH
ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA!
We are at the opening phase of organizing to open our churches throughout the Diocese of La Crosse on Pentecost Sunday (May 30 / May 31). It will be a stepped process, and will require a sign-up of some form or another. As I write this, I am thinking we will go with another Sign-Up Genius form for the Sunday Masses, but have to finalize the forms. Please keep an eye on the parish website for up to date info. If you do not have internet, you may call the parish office and we will help get you signed up, but please wait until after Memorial Day to do this.
HELP NEEDED: We are looking for volunteers to disinfect the church as well. If you would be able to help out doing this, following a Sunday Mass, please contact the parish office. We are setting up coordinators for this service, but they will need help. We will have masks (optional) and hand sanitizer stations available (recommended).
MORE HELP: We will be looking at asking some of our younger men and women to consider taking on a more active role as ushers. We have a great team of ushers, but many are in the high risk group (a polite way of saying elderly) and may not be ready to attend public worship. Please consider this your invitation, and if you are willing to help in this regard, please contact the parish office at any time and we will get you lined up. This is very much appreciated.
SUNDAY DISPENSATION: This remains in place: for any that are elderly, find they are in a high risk group for other reasons, have cold or flu like symptoms including cough, fever, aches, sinusitis etc., please refrain from attending these Masses. We are entering a time of allergies as well; the problem is we do not know if what I have today is simply an allergy, or something more serious. Please err on the side of caution if you are affected by any of these.
HOLY COMMUNION: On the hand only. I know all the arguments for and against, and am not offering a suggestion. For the time being, there will be no Communion from the cup and the Host will be offered on the hand only. Not all Extra- Ordinary Ministers of the Eucharist are comfortable offering Communion on the tongue, and I have decided that this will be the manner of reception until this passes.
1st HOLY COMMUNION: This is a subject that has often come up. The current plan was to have 1st Communion right after the churches were re-opened, but doing this in phases backs that up. We are considering some options, but 1st Communion remains delayed for the time being.
CONFESSIONS: Following Pentecost Sunday, we will begin a more normal Confession schedule. Again, this is a work in process, but they are coming. The dispensation for the Easter obligation of Confession still applies as well, so if you can get to Mass, you may receive Communion with the intent to get to Confession as soon as practical.
One more thing! At this time, we will have the bathrooms in the church off limits. This is due to the amount of cleaning that it would entail with each use. While we cannot lock the doors, we do have a sign up indicating to please not use the bathrooms. We apologize for this inconvenience! Once the signs are off the doors, you will again have access.