A Message from Father Alan
Friday, March 27, 2020
The pastors of our diocese received an email from Bishop Kettler this afternoon in which he shared with us information about a conference he participated in on Wednesday with Governor Walz and other Minnesota bishops. In light of the “stay-at-home” executive order, which is in effect from 11:59 tonight through Friday, April 10 at 5 p.m., there are some new guidelines for our churches.
We may continue to livestream or use social media for Masses and devotions, as we are doing at our parish website and facebook. Priests will continue to celebrate private Mass each day. We may offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation, but only by appointment (you may call me at 218-770-3349). We may also provide the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick to any patient/resident in a care facility if requested, and having the permission from the head of the facility.
Bishop Kettler also stated that “I believe keeping churches open for adoration and other prayer would not be within the parameters of the governor’s executive order.” Nor would blessing palms privately on Palm Sunday and leaving them in the back of Church for individuals to pick up.
During these next two weeks, parish offices should be closed. The pastor, secretary and business manager may do the essential office work.
In light of all this, for the sake of the health and well-being of all Minnesotans, parish life will be even more different these next couple of weeks. Thank you for your understanding; the parish staff and I will continue to pray and to serve you as we are able. Please contact us by email or leave a message for any staff person at the general office voicemail. And thank you for continuing to support one another and our parish.
May God bless you all during these challenging days.
Please see the video below for the most recent message from Bishop Kettler.
As we find ourselves unable to receive the Eucharist due to the coronavirus pandemic, Father Alan is providing a spiritual communion reflection (with prayer) on this Fifth Sunday of Lent.
From the Parish Business Office
As many of us are already aware, COVID-19 is having an impact in each of our lives: personally, socially & financially. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is also impacting our church as we are unable to celebrate weekend Mass together. Yet, our financial obligations continue.
We are currently in the process of setting up the option of on-line giving. However, until we have that option available, we have 3 opportunities for continuing your weekly/monthly stewardship:
1) Use your regular collection envelope and drop it off or in the mail.
2) Sign-up for Automatic Contribution (ACH) - go to Forms/Registrations
3) Use your bank's Bill Pay; telling when, to whom and how much money to send.
All three options will come directly to the Business Office and will be recorded to your personal information.
If you have any questions, please contact Mayme @ 218-736-2429 ext. 11.
Stations of the Cross have been canceled. As an alternative, we invite you to spend time deeply reflecting on the Scriptural accounts of Christ’s Passion with the 6th grade students from OLV School as they illustrate the Stations of the Cross.
* Until further notice, NO CONFESSIONS at Our Lady of Victory.
You are reminded to make an Act of Contrition to God in prayer.
If you are sincere and promise to go to Confession when it is again possible,
you will obtain forgiveness for your sins, even mortal sin.
Through the ministry of the Church, may God give you pardon and peace.
For past videos, please see
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