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St. Patrick Update to COVID-19

EMAIL - JULY 5

Dear Friends and Parishioners,

As we move through the summer in these unprecedented times, I wish to express my deepest gratitude to all of you who have been attending Mass these last few weeks. Your desire to celebrate Mass and receive the Eucharist has matched my own.  Coming back together as a parish family to worship together fills me with joy and I look forward to seeing you each weekend.

Slowly, step by step, we are opening up again.  Our pastoral staff is joyfully planning four Confirmation Masses this week to be celebrated by Bishop Jim Schuerman. We have over 60 young people who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation and we pray that the Holy Spirit will guide them and give them strength & wisdom throughout their lives.

In addition to celebrating Confirmation this week, we will take another small step towards opening more fully.  Beginning next weekend, July 11th - 12th, those who wish to attend Mass will no longer need to RSVP ahead of time. Next weekend, as you enter church, one of our ushers will seat you in order to maintain social distancing between households, however we will no longer be assigning seats ahead of time.   The safety and health of everyone who enters our church remains a priority and we will continue to take the safety precautions of practicing social distancing while at mass as well as cleaning the church daily and after every Mass.

Many of you have chosen to come back to Mass and participate in person while others of you continue to celebrate Mass at home out of a legitimate concern for your health.  Whether you are celebrating Mass at home or in person, I want to thank you for your continued financial support of our parish.  Your contributions have helped us to keep the doors of our church open daily for people to come and pray.  Your generosity in your financial support has made all the difference. Thank you for your kindness and sacrifice.

Slowly, step by step, we are opening up again to once again “Pray, Grow and Serve” as a faith community. Remember, “You Belong Here.”

Please know that you and your family are in my daily prayers. Stay safe and be well.

Peace, Fr. Oriol

EMAIL - JUNE 15

Dear Friends and Parishioners,

By small, incremental steps we begin the process of returning to a "new normal."  Our Sunday Mass schedule has resumed.  We will begin to celebrate baptisms, weddings and funerals again limiting the number of people in attendance to less than 50.  We are open, but we are taking each step slowly and carefully in order to be as safe as possible.

I want to thank all of you for your response to these unprecedented events. Your patience, cooperation, and understanding has been wonderful.  I am grateful for each and every one of you.

Our next small step is to resume a limited daily mass schedule.  The Archbishop has said each parish may begin celebrating no more than two daily masses per week. Beginning on TUESDAY June 23rd, we will celebrate daily mass at St. Andrew at 8:00 am in English and 7:00 pm in Spanish.  On FRIDAY June 26th, we will celebrate daily mass at St. Patrick at 8:00 am in English and 7:00 pm in Spanish.  For those of you who desire to attend mass every day, St. Benedict in Fontana will have Mass on Mondays & Tuesdays at 8:15 am and St. Francis de Sales in Lake Geneva will celebrate Mass on Wednesdays & Thursdays at 10:00 am.

In the interest of the health and safety of all in the Archdiocese, Archbishop Listecki has extended the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass through August 2nd.  We continue to encourage those who are most vulnerable to keep celebrating mass at home. 

I am happy to report to you that Fr. Brian Holbus, former pastor of St. Andrew, who was hospitalized for COVID-19, is now home and recovering.  We continue to pray for his quick recovery and return to good health.

Peace, Fr. Oriol

Dear Friends and Parishioners,

Though we cannot host Mass at this time, we want to invite you into prayer and offer several spiritual resources to strengthen your spiritual journey toward Easter.

As an alternative to gathering together on the weekend, we have developed a St. Andrew & St. Patrick Parish YouTube Channel to post videos which include Sunday services, reflective prayers, and a celebration of Mass with spiritual communion.

Below you will find several options for prayer at home. I hope these resources will help you find God with you and within you.

Our Parish Resources (Let us keep connect):

·       St. Andrew and St. Patrick YouTube Channel

·       St. Patrick Parish Facebook Page

Other Resources:

·       Archbishop Listecki's Reflection on the Archdiocese of Milwaukee YouTube Channel

·       Access daily readings on the USCCB's website.

What About Mass? Live Streamed Mass

Celebrate an In-Home Celebration of the Word                     /                 How to Make a Spiritual Communion

In this season of rapid change, our parishes are providing ministry in new ways each day by offering online prayer support at our YouTube Channel, confessions on demand and visits to the sick, and reaching out to those most in need. We are continuing to meet the needs of our parish family and our community in any ways we can, and all of these things require financial resources.

I encourage you to take a moment right now and make a gift to support ministry. You can easily make a one-time or recurring gift by:

• Visiting our website:

St. Patrick Parish Donation Page

• Mailing a check to the parish office:

St. Patrick Parish / 107 W. Walworth St. Elkhorn, WI 53121

Thank you for being a part of what God is doing. Let’s pray for the offering we are about to receive.

Peace, Fr. Oriol