Coronavirus Virus Update

This Page will update St. Mary’s parish family on all updates related to COVID-19

 

Penance Service – April 1, 2020

Remember our Parish Penance Service on April 6th is canceled.
Sacrament of Penance (Confessions)
Saturday, April 4th 3:30 – 4:30pm
Tuesday, April 7th: 4:30 – 5:30pm
Wednesday, April 8th: 6:00 – 7:00pm
No Confessions on Saturday, April 11th

 

 

Virtual Holy Week – April 1, 2020

Dear Parishioners:

God’s peace and comfort to you!

You can participate in a Virtual Holy Week Retreat on line. It begins with Palm Sunday Mass from the St. Paul Seminary at 9am. The Holy Tridium Liturgies will begin at 7pm. The Easter Virgil will begin at 8:30pm. All events are live streamed. Go to archspm.org/holy week.

At St. Mary’s I will be celebrating the Holy Tridium services, privately. I will be praying for all of you! We cannot live stream because we do not have internet access in the Church. We are looking into recording and then replaying on Facebook and on our Website at a later time. Keep watching for developments.

Let us knock on Heaven’s Door with even more prayers as we anticipate a couple rough weeks ahead with regards to the crisis.

Our Lady of Grace, pray for us,
Fr. O’Hotto

 

Archbishop’s Palm Sunday Mass – 4/1/2020

Archbishop’s Palm Sunday Mass will be broadcast on Sunday, April 5 from Our Lady of Grace Parish in Edina at 12 noon. Tune in to channel 29 (dish/direct tv) or channel 10/807 (comcast/cable) or channel 9.2 (antenna)

 

Here are some scripture passages to nourish our souls during this time of crisis and to help us pray – 3/31/2020

From Psalm 119
Lord, I am deeply afflicted
By your word give me life.

From Psalm 70
O God, make haste to my rescue,
Lord, come to my aid!
Come to me, O God.
You are my rescuer, my help
O Lord, do not delay.

From Psalm 126
Deliver us, O Lord, from our bondage
As streams in dry land.
Those who are sowing in tears
Will sing when they reap.

From Psalm 79
O God our Savior, come to our help,
Come for the sake of the glory of Your name.
O Lord our God, forgive us our sins,
Rescue us for the sake of Your name.

Prayer from Liturgy of the Hours
“God, our help and deliverer, do not abandon us….
But deliver us from evil and turn our tears and struggles into joy.”

Father Ken O’Hotto
Your Pastor and Spiritual Father

 

 

Non-Perishables Collection – 3/27/2020

The Core Ministry, along with St. Mary’s Alpha group will have a bus in St. Mary’s Parking Lot today, March 27 – Sunday, March 29 from 12:00 noon – 7pm collecting non-perishables for those in need. Please help spread the word!

 

Governor’s “Stay At Home Order” 3/27/2020

The Governor’s “Stay at Home Order” starts at 11:59pm tonight, Friday, March 27th and lasts through April 10th. Please follow this order to cut down on the spread of the coronavirus. As you know, we can go out to get groceries if really needed, and to go to the pharmacy or to get gas. And you can go for walks. Remember to keep the social distancing of 6 ft. away from others, even when outside!

As Christians we pray and work for the common good on a regular basis. We especially need to do that now by observing the Stay at Home Order! Let us all do our part and make the sacrifice. After all, we are still in Lent, and Lent is a time to make sacrifices!

Let us continue to knock on Heaven’s door with our prayers for God’s help, healing, protection, and deliverance.

Let us pray, Lord God, You love mercy and tenderness, you give life and overcome death. Look upon the many wounds of your Church; restore it to health by your risen Son, so that it may sing a new song in your praise. Amen. Our Lady of Grace, pray for us!
Praying for you!
Father Ken O’Hotto
Your Pastor and Spiritual Father
P.S. Check on your elderly relatives and neighbors.

Note to Brother Knights – 3/26/20

Dear Brother Knight,

All members of the faithful and other Christians are invited to participate in a special prayer of the Holy Father taking place in St. Peter’s Square this Friday, March 27, 2020.

This prayer will be streamed from Vatican News at 6 p.m. in Rome (1 p.m. ET).

During the prayer,  the Holy Father will grant to all participants a Plenary Indulgence before imparting his Urbi et Orbi blessing.

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Note From Father O’Hotto

Dear Parishioners

The Archbishop has suspended all public masses, weekday and weekend until further notice.  State Officials have communicated to religious leaders that the next two weeks are critical for containment of the coronavirus. Drastic measures are required!

Effective today, March 19, all masses at St. Mary’s are canceled until further notice. (EWTN has masses broadcasted every day. Relevant Radio also has the mass broadcasted.) Stations of the Cross are canceled. Adoration Chapel closed at noon today until further notice. Some did not want me to open Adoration this past Tuesday but I did because of only 1 person being in the chapel at a time, unless, a married couple are in adoration together. Plus, I thought during the crisis, all the more so we should pray before God’s presence and seek His help and protection.  What made me decide to close Adoration in addition to the next 2 weeks being critical to contain the virus, is that medical people are saying the virus can live in the air up to 3 hours. Because our Adoration Chapel is small I decided to cancel adoration for the safety of all. Earlier this week all meetings/events were canceled until further notice. When the Governor closed schools on Sunday, I directed that Faith Formation classes and Adult Ed be canceled until further notice. With information that is provided, and it changes hourly, I have made changes.

Effective immediately the parish office will be open but closed to visitors. We will answer the phone and communicate via email. Contact the parish at 763-658-4319 ext. 21 with your email address.

In the meantime let us look out for one another and help one another and support one another.  Check on elderly relatives, parishioners and neighbors with a phone call. When you call them up say a prayer with them. If someone is sick, prepare a meal for them and tell them you will leave it at their door. Offer to obtain groceries for those on self-quarantine, again, leave it at their door.  Let us all bring the love, kindness and compassion of the Lord to one another, because this is what are to do in crisis or not. Let us pray for one another and for our government and spiritual leaders. God will be with us to deliver us from this evil (virus).

We are all dealing with an unprecedented crisis. Society and the Church has to take drastic measures for the welfare and the safety of all. Government leaders and Spiritual leaders will error on the side of safety. We all need to be patient and understanding. We are all on uncharted  waters. This is stressful for all of us. We need to support one another and tap God’s help, strength, support, and protection Check this site and I will communicate information when appropriate.

Let us all knock on heaven’s door with prayers that God may help us and have mercy on us.

In Christ’s Service, Your Pastor and Spiritual Father
Father Ken O’Hotto