Church Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Church Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

March 26, 2020:

We continue to actively discern the developments of the coronavirus pandemic.  As we do, we have made the decision to close the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel beginning at noon on Wednesday, March 25th.

The church is still available as a place for personal prayer as it allows for people to spread out.  You can access the church via the south foyer.  The doors are unlocked Monday through Friday from 7 am to 6 pm.

The church is also open on Sundays when Fr. Park is hearing confessions from 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm.

Our confession schedule will remain the same. Please go behind the screen at this time.

There may be some confusion from yesterday’s news about the Minnesota "stay at home" order. Digging deep into the document's details, we find that there are a number of places which are exempted from the shutdown. For example, in section 6.v on "necessary supplies and services" we find the following exception:

“Faith leaders and workers. This category includes officials, workers, and leaders in houses of worship and other places of religious expression or fellowship, wherever their services may be needed.”

Archbishop Hebda and other Catholic bishops met with the Governor on Wednesday morning. After the “stay at home” order was released, Archbishop Hebda issued updated instructions to clarify that churches can remain open for the faithful to pray as long as there are no gatherings. Archbishop Hebda also stated that there will continue to be no public Masses until further notice.

READ ARCHBISHOP HEBDA'S STATEMENT REGARDING GOV. WALZ’S STAY-AT-HOME ORDER

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March 20, 2020:

With the suspension of all public Masses, Annunciation will use Facebook Live to stream Sunday’s Mass at 9:30 am. 

  • Below is the link to watch that Mass on our Facebook page: 
    https://www.facebook.com/annunciationmsp/

    Please note: You do not need to have a Facebook account to watch the Live Feed. A window will appear asking you to login but you can simply click Not Now at the bottom and watch.

    If you are not able to watch the Mass live, then it will be recorded and you can watch it at another time on our Facebook page.


Daily Mass

  • We may live stream some weekday Masses next week, especially Wednesday March 25th, the Solemnity of the Annunciation, so be looking for information about that. Here are some websites where you can watch a live weekday Mass:
  • All Mass intentions that were scheduled for Masses at Annunciation will be covered by Father Park in his daily private Mass during this time.

 
Spiritual Communion, Litany in Time of Need, Daily Readings

  • Saint Thomas Aquinas described Spiritual Communion as an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the most holy sacrament and lovingly embrace him at a time or in circumstances when we cannot receive him in Sacramental Communion. St. Thomas Aquinas also tells us that a Spiritual Communion confers the graces of Communion at Mass. St. Alphonsus lists three essential ingredients to making this a valid Spiritual Communion:
    • An act of faith in truth of the real presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
    • An act of desire, accompanied by sorrow for one’s sins so as to worthily receive these graces as if one were receiving sacramental Communion
    • An act of thanksgiving afterward as if Jesus was received sacramentally
  • Here is a prayer one can pray to make a Spiritual Communion:
    • My Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to possess You within my soul. Since I am unable at this moment to receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as being already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
  • Archbishop Hebda and Bishop Cozzens are inviting us to join them in praying daily the Litany in Time Need. You may click on the following link to access this prayer: http://online.flipbuilder.com/tvlw/wqee/
    • This litany will be prayed daily on Relevant Radio around 11:05 a.m. each day. Please tune-in and join us on AM 1330 or at www.relevantradio.com.
  • The readings for Mass can be found at www.usccb.org

Bringing Holy Communion to the sick or homebound will only be done by Father Park at this time and only if a person is in need of the Last Rites.

The Adoration Chapel will remain open. There is enough room for 2 adores at one time. Please wipe down things you touched as you leave. Also, when the south foyer glass doors of the Church are open (7am - 6pm) the Church will be open for private prayer.

Our confession schedule will remain the same. Please go behind the screen at this time.

Communal Stations of the Cross has been cancelled for the time being, but we will leave the booklets out if you would like to pray the Stations privately when the Church is open.

Parish Activities – All normal parish programming, meetings, activities and events at the church are suspended until further notice.

Stewardship – With the suspension of regular public Masses, we need your financial support. We are asking all parishioners and friends to contribute current and new stewardship donations to our online giving at this time. You can also mail your contributions to Annunciation at 509 W 54th St. Minneapolis, MN 55419.

Online giving can be set up through our parish website at www.annunciationmsp.org/give or by contacting Jessica Knutson at jknutson@annunciationmsp.org or Tom Konz at tkonz@annunciationmsp.org or 612-760-0950.

Thank you for your continued generosity during this challenging time!

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March 18, 2020:

Here at Annunciation, we are here to support your spiritual journey and continue delivering the latest updates during this challenging time. 

I am grateful for your support and faithfulness to our parish community. I am confident that together, with God’s help and guidance, we will make it through this time of uncertainty. I trust that God has a plan in all of this. Let’s keep praying for all those who have been affected by this pandemic, for those caring for them, and for all those helping to slow its spread.

Grace and Peace,
Father Brian Park

All Masses are now cancelled at Annunciation until
further notice.

Effective immediately, all public celebrations of Mass are suspended in the Archdiocese. View Archbishop Bernard Hebda's letter.

JOINING ARCHDIOCESE IN PRAYER:

  • Relevant Radio (relevantradio.com) is airing nationally Archbishop Hebda’s leading of the “Litany in Time of Need” to unite Catholics in prayer during this pandemic. The beautiful prayer, produced by the Office for the Mission of Catholic Education, will air locally at 11 a.m. daily on 1330am and the Relevant Radio app. All of us are encouraged to pause during that time and pray it with our families. We need the intercession of the saints more than ever!

  • Streaming Mass and prayer resources at archspm.org/covid19

LOCAL COVERAGE OF COVID19/CORONAVIRUS:

Cancelled/Postponed Events at Annunciation Catholic Church:

  • Anointing of the Sick Mass– Wednesday, March 18 (postponed)
  • "Enrique's Journey" Discussions at Our Lady Peace – Thursday Evenings (cancelled)
  • Fish Fry – Friday, March 20 (cancelled)
  • Confirmation Retreat – Sunday, March 22 (rescheduled to Thursday, April 16, 5-9pm)
  • Hunger Banquet – Monday, March 23 (cancelled)
  • Baptism Class - Tuesday, March 24 (postponed)
  • Grandparent/VIP Mass for K-2– Wednesday, March 25 (cancelled)
  • Feast of Annunciation 6PM Mass– Wednesday, March 25 (cancelled)
  • Holy Communion Activity Centers– Thursday, March 26 (postponed)
  • Mission Haiti/Eli Project – Monday, March 30 (cancelled)
     
  • Stations of the CrossSuspended until further notice
  • 12 Apostles– Suspended until further notice
  • AYM Events – Suspended until further notice
  • Wednesday Morning Coffee– Suspended until further notice
  • Communion Service at Mt. Olivet– Suspended until further notice
  • Funeral Luncheons– Suspended until further notice
  • Walking with Purpose– Suspended until further notice
  • Bible Study– Suspended until further notice
  • RCIA Group– Suspended until further notice
  • Catholic Watchmen Suspended until further notice
  • Women’s GroupSuspended until further notice
  • Youth Choir Rehearsals and Mass ParticipationSuspended until further notice
  • Adult Choir rehearsals and Mass participation Suspended until further notice
  • Schola rehearsals and funeral participation Suspended until further notice

If your ministry is not listed, it is continuing as normal.
 

Communications:

Precautionary Measures:

  • Holy water fonts have been emptied. The baptismal font has also been drained.
  • Distribution of the Precious Blood at Mass has been temporarily suspended.
  • Hymnals are not being used and are stacked at the end of the pews.
  • Music at Masses will be led by cantor and accompanist only, no choir.
     

How Can You Help?

  • Refrain from holding hands with your neighbor at the Our Father.
  • Refrain from shaking hands or hugging before or after Mass
  • Practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from other people.
     
The best way to protect our community from Coronavirus is to practice good hygiene:
  • Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Wash for 20 seconds, using soap and hot water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
  • Cover your cough. Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don't have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
  • If you or your children are not feeling well, please stay home. 

Protecting Our Seniors:

Many senior living facilities have asked for no visitorsin an effort to keep their residents healthy. Check with senior living facilities before planning a visit. Please keep all our seniors in your prayers.

More Information on Coronavirus:

 

 

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