Stress on the Farm
Rural life is not all sunshine and green pastures. Here’s a program geared specifically to stress on the farm from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach called Stress on the Farm. Learn more about signs of depression and suicide, and how you can encourage a friend or family member to seek help. When a friend or relative experiences trouble, such as a death in the family, financial losses, divorce, or serious illness, it’s easier to stay away or remain silent than it is to help because you don’t know the right words. Explore these tips and ideas on how to offer help in an uncomfortable situation.
If you prefer a one on one counseling meeting via phone or video, consider one of our great Catholic Charities licensed therapists.
Save the Date! Mark your calendars! The Sacred Heart School Golf Outing and Pork Dinner at the Monticello Golf Club “will happen” on Sunday July 5th. Staggered tee off times are 11:00 am – 2:00 p.m. Pork Dinner serving begins at 1:00 p.m. There will be limited seating along with carry-outs. There is a signup sheet for golfers at the Golf Club and golfers can signup the day of the outing or contact the Sacred Heart School office. The event is open to the public. Not a golfer, come and enjoy a delicious pork dinner and support Sacred Heart School.
The cost is $40 per person which includes the pork dinner and $10 per person for the dinner alone.
Return to Liturgy at Sacred Heart & St. Luke 5/31/2020
Sacred Heart and St. Luke’s will be opening their doors for face-to-face liturgy services beginning the weekend of June 6-7. There are several health protocols that have been put in place. In order for you to make a decision about whether attending Mass in person is the right option for you and your family, we would like to outline our health and safety plan. One Mass each weekend will continue to be livestreamed on Facebook for those who do not feel comfortable or are unable to attend in person. Mass times are as follows:
- Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.
- Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
- Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
- Thursday at 8:00 a.m.
- Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
The Church doors will open 30 minutes in advance and will be locked when capacity is reached. There will be no public recitation of the Rosary said before Mass, and we ask that there is no congregating in the gathering spaces or Newman Hall before or after Mass. The Church will be disinfected after each Mass. Mass will be shorter, so we ask that restrooms are used only in emergencies, as they will need to be disinfected by the Ushers after each use.
We will be following guidelines for social distancing by roping off every other pew, maintaining space between individuals and 6 feet between parties, and limiting attendance to 50% of the Church’s capacity. The doors will be locked and a sign posted when capacity is reached.
We will be limiting physical contact as much as possible through elimination of the following: holy water fonts, receiving Holy Communion on the tongue, receiving the Precious Blood, use of hymnals, shaking hands, holding hands, and passing of the offertory baskets. There will be baskets at the entrances of the Church where you should drop your donations as you enter for Mass.
Those in line for Holy Communion will be spaced apart and wear masks until after they have received the host in their hand, at which point they will step aside, lift their mask to place the host in their mouth, and replace the mask before returning to their seat.
Hand sanitizing stations have been ordered, and sanitizer will be available at the doors. We encourage parishioners to bring their own small bottle of hand sanitizer to use immediately prior to receiving Holy Communion in the hand.
Face masks are required for everyone including children and are raised only to receive Holy Communion and then immediately replaced. We will try to provide masks for those who do not have one but everyone is encouraged to have their own. If we provide one for you take home and do not leave it at the Church. Masks do not protect the person wearing them; they protect those around them. Please wear a mask as an act of love for others by protecting them, since people with no symptoms may still be able to transmit disease.
We are using the CDC guidelines to determine if attending Mass in person is safe for you and for those around you. These will be posted on the Church doors as a reminder. You should NOT attend Mass if any of the following apply to you:
- Are sick or have an underlying condition
- Work with or care for high risk people
- Have been within 6 feet of a person with Covid 19 for at least 5 minutes or had direct contact with their mucus or saliva in the past 14 days
- Have had ANY of the following symptoms in the last 48 hours:
- Fever of 100.5 degrees or higher
- Fever symptoms like alternating chills and sweating
- Trouble breathing, shortness of breath, or severe wheezing
- Muscle aches
- Sore throat
- Loss of smell or taste, or change in taste
This is the current plan. As the situation and/or guidelines change, this plan will be re-evaluated and revised. Stay tuned!
May 31, 2020
May 21, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I have been in consultation with the Archbishop along with members of the Councils from both parishes and a decision has been made to postpone the reopening of our two parishes until the weekend of June 6th & 7th. This will give us more time to prepare for the reopening without rushing things. I know that we want to get back to the public celebration of Holy Mass as soon as possible but we also want to reopen the Churches in a responsible way. Thank you for your understanding as we prepare to come together again on June 6th & 7th.
God bless you and please stay safe,Fr. Paul
Gracious and loving God, we thank you for the gift of our priests.
Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments.
Help our priests to be strong in their vocation.
Set their souls on fire with love for your people.
Grant them the wisdom, understanding, and strength they need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
Inspire them with the vision of your Kingdom.
Give them the words they need to spread the Gospel.
Allow them to experience joy in their ministry.
Help them to become instruments of your divine grace.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest.
This weeks announcements
Thank you for your generosity through your regular tithing and in remembrance of Easter. I realize that there are many who are in need at this time and that we have to choose where to donate our funds. So, I want you to know that I and the parish leaders at both sites are so very grateful for what you are able to give to support the parishes. Once again, thank you!
Next Sunday the Mass will be celebrated from Sacred Heart in Monticello.
Someone had a suggestion this week that when we come back we replace the pews with recliners as I hear that is how some are viewing the Mass. I asked how would we pay for them so for those of you who remember the days of pew rent the thought was to ask for recliner rent. Lots of ideas out there but I personally just long for the day when we can be together and fill both Churches with prayer, song, and joy. Let’s all pray that day will come sooner rather than later.
Please remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and keep the recommended social distance.
Hand of God, out of love, for our need, watch over us