St. Joseph Catholic Church & School

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

Public Masses Resume Weekend of May 30/31

From Fr. Tim Renz: Thanks be to God, public Masses are to resume at the regular scheduled times both for the Sunday Masses (May 30th and 31st) and the following weekday Masses!

However, recognizing that COVID19 is still a threat, many precautions will be made to ensure everyone's safety.  Here are some of the things you should know:

  • The obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and Holy days of obligation has not yet been reinstated.
    • Those who are over 65 or have an underlying health issue are encouraged to stay home and keep Sunday holy in other ways.
  • Only 25% of capacity will be allowed into the church and social distancing will be enforced.
    • However, this means 150 are allowed in the church proper, 15 in the side chapel, and more in the gathering space so I do not foresee anyone being turned away.
  • All liturgical ministries will be suspended until further notice.
    • To minimize contact to liturgical items and surfaces, Mark Foley (our seminarian for the summer) and I will perform all functions of sacristan, reader, server, and Eucharistic minister.
    • I will be forming a group of ushers and training them on the new protocols.
  • Every other pew will be blocked off and individuals will be asked to sit six feet from each other although those living in the same household may sit together.
  • There will be no congregational singing and no choir since singing can infect others beyond six feet.
  • The collection basket will be at the entrance to the church to prevent passing the a basket.
  • There will be no sign of peace.
  • Communion may be received either in the hand or on the tongue.  
    • Mark and I will be very careful to not touch anyone but will have a sanitation station next to us in the event that we do.
    • If someone is wearing gloves, they must receive on the tongue.
    • Social distancing of 6 feet must be maintained in the Communion line.
  • At the end of Mass, the ushers will dismiss pew by pew and everyone must leave the building immediately without congregating.
    • It is good to stay and pray a thanksgiving after Mass, but in these circumstances I ask that you go to your car and pray your thanksgiving to allow us to keep everyone distanced in the dismissal and to disinfect the church after Mass.
A couple more things...
We will begin Eucharistic Adoration on Thursday, June 4th in the main church with our summer hours of 4-7 pm.  If you attend, please keep yourself distanced from others and sanitize your area when leaving with the provided supplies.  

Please continue to be patient as we work through this together.  I will send out more messages if anything changes.  

God Bless,
Fr. Tim


Mass Times

*BEGINNING 5/30/20*
Weekend Masses
Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
Sunday at 8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m.

Weekday Masses
Tuesday at 5:15 p.m.
Wednesday-Friday at 8:15 a.m.
First Friday and First Saturday Masses: 8:15 a.m.

Confession
Saturday from 4:00-4:45 p.m.
Sunday from 7:30-7:45 a.m. & 9:30-9:45 a.m.

*BEGINNING 6/4/20*
Eucharistic Adoration
Thursday from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Office

 1660 Endl Blvd
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
(920)563-3029
Office Hours:
Monday 8 am - 4 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am -3:30 pm
Friday 8 am -12 pm
Father Tim Renz (920) 397-4049

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– Proverbs 3:9-10


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