Ss. Anthony and Philip Parish
726 Main Street
Guidelines for the resumption of Masses
The Diocese of Madison has announced guidelines for the resumption of public masses May 30-31. As with almost all changes in this period, it is an effort to balance safety with a return to public gathering.
We ask for your cooperation in the following for the safety of others.
1. Dispensation from Sunday mass continues
2. Mass on Facebook will continue
3.Weekday mass where there is a small gathering may be a better choice for some
According to Diocesan guidelines, the following are “encouraged to remain at home”:
1.Those at elevated risk due to health or age
2. All who have any symptoms of illness
3.All who have contact with a COVID-19 positive patient
Those attending will agree to the following Diocesan Guidelines:
1. Six foot physical distancing during, entering, leaving, seating and communion procession
2. Seating will be available only in every other pew
3. Mandated 25% capacity level (100 people).
4. Masks are “strongly encouraged” for use by everyone (Please bring your own mask.)
5. There will be no congregational singing
6. There will be no sign of peace
7. Envelopes and donations will be left in a basket in the gathering space
If you choose and feel it is not an unreasonable health risk, you may receive communion. Please follow the Ushers directions in only one line per aisle.
Individuals and families, who feel the above procedures will provide adequate safety, are invited attend mass according to the following schedule:
Family names A-L May 30 or 31
Family names M-Z June 6 or 7
We will reevaluate this split alphabet process in two weeks.
We continue to pray for relief from COVID-19 and ask for your cooperation for the safety of yourself and others.
Fr. Jim and the Ss. Anthony and Philip Parish Council
Live Streaming Masses
Saturday May 30, 4:30 pm Mass will be live streamed from Ss Anthony and Philip on Facebook: @ Ss Anthony and Philip Parish.
Sunday May 31, 10:30 am Mass will be live streamed from St. Thomas on Facebook: @ St Thomas Parish Montfort.
Like our Facebook pages or click on the Facebook icon at the bottom left of this page to have access to the Mass and other announcements. We will be altering our Mass venue every week between St. Thomas and Ss. Anthony and Philip.
Please Join Fr. Jim this Friday May 29th at 1:00, praying the Rosary.
Message from Pope Francis
Pope Francis is asking Catholics to make a special effort in May to pray the rosary, knowing that by doing so they will be united with believers around the world asking for Mary's intercession in stopping the coronavirus pandemic. Pope Francis wrote two prayers to Mary that can be recited at the end of the rosary, prayers he said he would be reciting "in spiritual union with all of you."
O Mary, You shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the foot of the cross, were united with Jesus' suffering, and persevered in your faith.
"Protectress of the Roman people," you know our needs, and we know that you will provide,
so that, as at Cana in Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us.
For he took upon himself our suffering, and burdened himself with our sorrows to bring us, through the cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.
We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God;
Do not despise our petitions in our necessities,
but deliver us always from every danger,
O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.
"We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God."
In the present tragic situation, when the whole world is prey to suffering and anxiety, we fly to you, Mother of God and our mother, and seek refuge under your protection.
Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes toward us amid this coronavirus pandemic. Comfort those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are buried in a way that grieves them deeply. Be close to those who are concerned for their loved ones who are sick and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot be close to them. Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future and the consequences for the economy and employment.
Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the father of mercies, that this great suffering may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew. Plead with your divine Son, as you did at Cana, so that the families of the sick and the victims be comforted, and their hearts be opened to confidence and trust.
Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the front line of this emergency, and are risking their lives to save others. Support their heroic effort and grant them strength, generosity and continued health.
Be close to those who assist the sick night and day, and to priests who, in their pastoral concern and fidelity to the Gospel, are trying to help and support everyone.
Blessed Virgin, illumine the minds of men and women engaged in scientific research, that they may find effective solutions to overcome this virus.
Support national leaders, that with wisdom, solicitude and generosity they may come to the aid of those lacking the basic necessities of life and may devise social and economic solutions inspired by farsightedness and solidarity.
Mary Most Holy, stir our consciences, so that the enormous funds invested in developing and stockpiling arms will instead be spent on promoting effective research on how to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.
Beloved Mother, help us realize that we are all members of one great family and to recognize the bond that unites us, so that, in a spirit of fraternity and solidarity, we can help to alleviate countless situations of poverty and need. Make us strong in faith, persevering in service, constant in prayer.
Mary, Consolation of the afflicted, embrace all your children in distress and pray that God will stretch out his all-powerful hand and free us from this terrible pandemic, so that life can serenely resume its normal course.
To you, who shine on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope, do we entrust ourselves, O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.
Donations to Ss. Anthony and Philip
For the electronic giving form, go to the more tab at the the top right and then click on the donation tab.
A Moment with the Bishop
Bishop Hying has a message to the people of the Diocese of Madison and beyond, as far as God wills it. It is available on youtube. Please assist is spreading his message.
The following link will get you to our Bishops Weekday messages. https://youtu.be/UlN5JaRovok
And the following link will get the entire play list.