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Monday, January 18, 2021
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*** Important Announcement:  Click here for COVID 19 updated policies for attending Mass.  Thank you!

Dear Parish Family,

Bishop Gruss has lifted the dispensation from attending Mass, effective October 4.   We realize that we, as Catholics, cannot live without the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist.  We are the Body of Christ, a community of believers united in Him.  With this in mind, there are a number of directives and guidelines that have been issued by the Diocese which we must practice to keep everyone safe.  

  • Face coverings and masks are to be worn by the faithful, who are 2 years of age or older, in and around the church. “No mask = no Mass.” If anyone can donate masks to the parish, it would be greatly appreciated. Those who are proficient in sewing might consider making masks for those who do not have any.

  • The parish does not have masks to give out. We do have sanitizer that will be available, but if you can bring your own, that would help us out.

  • The church must be cleaned and sanitized after each Mass. We could use healthy volunteers to help with this.  If you are able to stay after Mass and help with this, please contact me to let us know at which Mass you could help, so we know well in advance.

  • Social distancing is to be practiced.  Those living in the same household do not need to practice social distancing among themselves.    Blue tape indicates where you can sit so that there is 6 feet social distancing. Please adjust this if couples or members of one household are sitting together. Social distancing includes the Communion line.  Ushers will dismiss pews one at a time to control flow. We will need ushers at each of the Masses to help with the Communion line. We will have two sections both of our churches if you prefer a little more distance,  please indicate this to the usher when you enter and they will show you.

  • We will continue to use only one door in each church building for you to enter.  You can exit through any door.  At St. Denis, we will enter through the North West door {by the parking lot on Denissen Street); at St. Mary, we will enter through the North door (facing Main Street).

Mass Times:

Weekend Mass will be at the usual times - on Saturday 4 pm at St Denis, on Sunday 8:30 am at St Mary and 10:30 am at St Denis. 

Weekday Mass will be at 10 am with the Rosary at 9:40 am.  Monday, Wednesday, Friday at St Denis.  Tuesday and Thursday at St Mary.

Distribution of Holy Communion will take place at the usual time during Mass:

  • There will be no reception of Communion from the chalice.

  • Please remove your mask just before receiving Communion.

  • Please be careful to avoid touching the hand of the EMHC when receiving Our Lord.  They will try to be very aware about sanitizing their hands.

Other items:

  • Collection baskets will not be used.  There will be collection boxes installed at each of the entrances where you may deposit your offering when you arrive at Mass.

  • There will be no offertory procession (i.e., the gifts will not be brought up).

  • No sign of peace.

  • The holy water fonts will remain empty.

  • EMHC’s will not be able to take Holy Communion to the sick or home bound. 
  • There will be no altar servers or choir (only cantors) at this time.

There may be many reasons for not attending weekly Mass as obliged by the Church.  If you are sick in any way, who are fearful of contracting COVID-19 or have concerns about underlying health issues and may be vulnerable to the disease, you may, in good conscience, remain home. It would not be a sin to do so.  

At the same time, realize that you are making decisions each day about whether to shop in person or online, dine in or order out, socialize with family/friends or social distance.  Many people daily engage in activities outside of the home that present similar or greater risks of contamination such as eating at restaurants, traveling, non-essential shopping, etc. With our current protocols, our churches are among the safest places to be in contrast to other public spaces.  It is your responsibility to prayerfully decide whether to participate in Sunday Mass in person or keep the Lord’s Day from home.

The obligation to keep Sunday as a day of the Lord cannot be dispensed.  This is a Commandment of God.  Even if one is unable to attend Mass on Sunday, the day must still be kept holy. One can do this by watching the Mass on livestream or EWTN, praying the Rosary, reading the Sunday readings and prayerfully reflecting on them, etc.

A couple of final notes (for now):

The parish offices are open for limited times: Ave Maria Parish-St Denis - Monday, Wednesday 9 am-noon; Ave Maria Parish-St Mary - Tuesday, Thursday 9 am-noon.

All non-liturgical gatherings remain currently suspended. We will gradually resume.

As you can see, this is not going to be easy.  It is frustrating at times and inconvenient.  There are a lot of things in the above list that I know many people will not like.  There are things that I don’t like.  But these are all things that we are being asked to implement as best as possible.  Please be patient and understanding.  There's going to be a lot of adjustment along the way.  It is not going to be the way it was before. No one knows what the future holds for us. But we need to make the best of the situation that we're in, still striving to become the saints that God has created us to be. Let us pray for each other and encourage each other more than ever before.


God bless you,


Sister Maria Inviolata, SMDG



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Ave Maria Parish is a Catholic faith community who welcomes all people to our Christian family. We are disciples and sacramental followers of Jesus Christ. In our chosen vocations, we call upon the Blessed Mother’s intercession and recognize the power of the Holy Spirit within each of us to carry out God’s work.

We strive to grow together in holiness through prayer, reception of the sacraments, faith formation and evangelization. Through the grace of God, we extend ourselves to each other and our community to proclaim the love and teachings of Jesus Christ.