Coronavirus Response 2020

Beginning Weekend of April 10th, 2021

Saturday, 4:00 pm at St. Mary
(thru Sturday, August 28th, 2021)

Sunday, 8:30am at St. James
(Parking lot also available)

Sunday, 10:30am at St. Mary


Dear Parishioners,

We have been granted by Bishop Callahan to begin the public celebration of Mass.  Times will be Saturday 4:00 PM  at St. Mary. Sunday 8:30 AM at St. James and Sunday 10:30AM at St. Mary. Attendance within the church is limited to 50% of occupancy with proper social distancing and masks. Masses will be broadcast live on 98.3 FM, which can be received in the immediate vicinity of the church at St. James. For further information from the Diocese on this please go to:

Update From the Diocese on having public Masses -- Click here


Wisconsin Bishops Issue Statement on Morality of COVID-19 Vaccines There are three COVID-19 vaccines that are available (currently only for the most vulnerable populations), or likely to be available in the coming months. They are from Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca. Neither Pfizer nor Moderna used morally compromised cell lines in producing the vaccine, but they did use a morally compromised line (from kidney cells taken from an aborted child in the Netherlands in 1972) for confirmatory testing. The AstraZeneca vaccine used that cell line in the design, development, and production stages of that vaccine, as well as for confirmatory testing. Where possible, then, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are to be preferred. But the US Bishops Conference has recently stated that all three are morally permissible because of the remoteness of the material cooperation in the evil of abortion. Catholic moral theology has always made a distinction between formal and material cooperation in an act which is morally compromised. Formal cooperation with a moral evil such as abortion is always sinful. An example of this kind of cooperation might be the doctor or nurse who directly assists with, and intends, the abortion itself. Material cooperation can be different in that it does not intend the evil act and is often more distant or remote from the act itself. To read the Wisconsin Bishops' full assessment of the vaccines and for a document answering "Frequently Asked Questions," visit and click on the tab for "COVID Vaccines – Ethics.”


From Bishop William Callahan...

"In light of the continued concern surrounding spreading the Coronavirus COVID-19, and the advice of the medical experts across the country and especially in our state, all public Masses in the Diocese of La Crosse will be canceled beginning 17 March 2020 at 5:00 p.m. until further notice."

The Link the Bishop Callahan's Letter from the Diocese of La Crosse Website 


Bishop Callahan's Decree on the Dispensation from the

Obligation of Sunday Mass during the COVID-19 Pandemic


From The State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services:

"Effective 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17,2020 all public and private mass gathers (10 people or more) are prohibited in the State of Wisconsin."

Following these directives all Masses are cancelled until further notice. Please see below for the Links and list of Live and prerecorded Weekend Mass times and channels. You can access daily Mass through the National Catholic broadcasting Council on YouTube.

Diocesan Youtube Channel Link Live & Pre-Recored Mass Facebook

The Televised Masses are on the following Channels:

  • Eau Claire, Channel 18, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday
  • La Crosse, Channel 19, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday
  • Marshfield (Public Access), Channel 989, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Stevens Point (Public Access), Channel 984 at Noon and 5:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Wausau, (Cable and Satellite) Channel 12 at 6:30 a.m. Sunday
  • Wausau (Public Access), Channel 980 at 6:00 p.m. Saturday and 9:00 a.m. Sunday
  • Wisconsin Rapids (Public Access), Channel 985 and Channel 3 at 6:00 a.m. and 1:00 pm Sunday


Remember, when life gives you more than you can stand...  Kneel!

For GOD never gives us more than we can handle as long as we trust in HIM!

Novena to St Roch, Patron of the Sick -- Click Here Via the Diocese of La Crosse

COVID-19: A Prayer of Solidarity For all who have contracted coronavirus,

We pray for care and healing. For those who are particularly vulnerable, We pray for safety and protection. For all who experience fear or anxiety, We pray for peace of mind and spirit. For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety, We pray for policies that recognize their plight. For those who do not have adequate health insurance, We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone. For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status, We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all. For our brothers and sisters around the world, We pray for shared solidarity. For public officials and decision makers, We pray for wisdom and guidance. Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all. Grant peace. Grant comfort. Grant healing. Be with us, Lord. Amen. Copyright © 2020, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. All rights reserved.

Dear Lord... Most merciful and True God, We come to you in our weakness. We come to you in our fear. We come to you with trust. For you alone are our hope. We place before you the disease present in our world. We turn to you in our time of need. Bring wisdom to doctors. Give understanding to scientists. Endow caregivers with compassion and generosity. Bring healing to those who are ill. Protect those who are most as risk. Give comfort to those who have lost a loved one. Welcome those who have died into your eternal home. Stabilize our communities. United us in our compassion. Remove all fear from our hearts. Fill us with confidence in your care. Jesus, I trust in you. Jesus, I trust in you. Jesus, I trust in you! Amen.  (The author of this beautiful prayer is unknown, except to the Lord. If you know who the author is, please let us know so we can give proper acknowledgement.) -- (Author unknown, posted on 


"Pope Francis has invited all Catholics to pray the Luminous Mysteries together at the same time for swift end to the Coronavirus Pandemic. The time has has invited Catholics to pray is 9 p.m. Rome time, which is 4 p.m. for the Eastern United States (3 p.m. Central, 2 p/m/ Mountain, 1 p.m. Pacific).  Please go to the Ascension's Facebook page at 3 p.m. Central Time for Wisconsin to Join them live. You will not need a Facebook account to watch the video, but you will need an account to comment on the video or "like" it. We plan to have a rosary every day for the next two weeks at the same time. Our words hold power to bless and uplift the hearts of others. We Invite you to type an encouraging or prayerful message in the chat, or simply "like" the video so it reaches even more Catholics.  We hope to see you all there as Catholics all around the world join together to pray the Most Holy Rosary for an end to this global scourge. " -- In Christ,  The Ascension Team

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In the mean time, Daily Scripts and Religious Studies are available for all of our parishioners and families. Below are two a few very good links to help you learn more about your faith and to help keep it strong during these possible taxing and frustrating times. Please continue to stay safe and offer your prays for those most affected by these difficult time.

Dynamic Catholic -- 11 ways to Fill your Days with Moments 

Click Here          


          Click here for Genesis to Jesus Bible Studies                                       




Please continue to stay safe and offer your prayers for those most affected by these difficult times.


          Saint Michael the Arch Angel

Saint Michael the archangel, defend us in battle.

Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray and do thou,

O Prince of heavenly host, by the power of God,

cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl

about the world seeking the ruin of souls.