Join Pope Francis on Friday, March 27 for a special Urbi et Orbi blessing live from St. Peter’s Square. The prayer and blessing will be broadcast on the Vatican News website vaticannews.va/en.html at NOON CT. The Holy Father will grant to all participants who participate in the livestream a Plenary Indulgence before imparting the Urbi et Orbi Blessing.
St. John’s Parish and School want to take this time to share event update events as of March 26, 2020:
- Until further notice, there will be no public Masses at St. John the Baptist Church and Holy Family Church. Father Tom will still be celebrating Mass and listed Mass intentions privately in his chapel.
- St. John’s Church will be open daily from 7:00 am-7:00 pm. You can stop by to pray, pick up a bulletin and free literature.
- Bulletins at Holy Family Parish are available in the back rectory porch. The door closest to the garage.
Spiritual Prayer Cards available in church and at the rectory of St. John’s Parish. Please share the prayer with others https://diolc.org/spiritual-communion
Rest in peace for the following and comfort for the families at this time of loss and sorrow:
+Josephine Yessa~March 20, 2020
+Marcia Wirkus~March 25, 2020
People who have ordered the Magnifcat-you can pick up your book in church.
COVID-19: A Prayer of Solidarity
For all who have contracted coronavirus,
We pray for care and healing.
For those who are particularly vulnerable,
We pray for safety and protection.
For all who experience fear or anxiety,
We pray for peace of mind and spirit.
For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public
We pray for policies that recognize their plight.
For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.
For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.
For our brothers and sisters around the world,
We pray for shared solidarity.
For public officials and decision makers,
We pray for wisdom and guidance.
Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
Be with us, Lord.
Copyright © 2020, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. All rights reserved
Bishop Callahan’s Decrees concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19):
Fasting and Abstinence for Lent
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.
For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members from age 14 onward.
Holy Week Schedule: ALL THE FOLLOWING PUBLIC CELEBRATIONS ARE CANCELLED at this time:
Good Friday Service: 1:00 pm. Stations of the Cross following the service.
Easter Sunday: 7:00 am Mass & 9:00 am Mass at St. John’s. 10:30 am Mass at Holy Family Parish.
The Parish Office will be closed:
Thursday, April 9
Friday, April 10
Monday, April 13
St. John’s Spring Raffle. Tickets are $50.00 each. Top prize is $2,000.00 and second prize is $1,000.00. Only 350 sold. You can purchase tickets at the parish office from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday. For more information, click 2020 Spring Raffle flyer
For the list of winners of the 2020 St. John Benefit Raffle Drawings, click 2020 St. John Benefit Winners.
23 of October, Bishop William Callahan’s letter to the faithful regarding Child Sexual Abuse Policy and Procedures of the Diocese of La Crosse
The Revised Green Book: Child Sexual Abuse Policy and Procedures of the Diocese of La Crosse.
“Confident Helping Parents Navigate online exposure” will be available the weekend of Feb/March 29/1.
Click here, Beloved:Finding Happiness in Marriage, for a series on Formed.org for marriage enrichment.
Upcoming events at the parish and school and nearby:
St. John the Baptist Lenten Fish Frys-Cancelled
Frassati Young Adult Day, April 25, 2020, Hubertus, WI:
The Basilica & National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, at Holy Hill will host a day of spiritual direction for young adults (ages 18-35) from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The event will include Gregorian Chant, Mass, Adoration, Confession, and dinner. For more information, view the poster here: Frassati-Young-Adult-Day
Cost: College student—$10, Single Adult—$15, Married Couple—$20. Register at www.holyhill.com