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May 29, 2020 - AFC Update and Message from Fr. Joe

May 29, 2020

Dear members of the Heart of Jesus Area Faith Community,

We look forward to celebrating our weekend masses here in our four parishes this weekend as we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost.  Our Bishops have asked us to implement strict social distancing practices as we return to Mass.  These procedures were mailed to each household last week and the main highlights are listed below.   If you feel comfortable returning to public worship, we ask that you follow these guidelines and procedures.  It is the only way we can keep each other safe during this time.

The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass will continue until such a time when it is safe for everyone to return to Mass. If you do not feel safe about attending Mass you are not obligated to attend; please do only what you are comfortable doing for you and your family’s well-being and safety. Anyone over the age of 65 is strongly encouraged not to attend public Mass on the weekends; rather you should plan to attend one of our daily Masses where there are fewer people in attendance. Also, anyone showing any symptoms of sickness, or anyone who has a household member who is sick or showing signs of sickness and/or those with a compromised immune system should not come to Church.

We are trying our best to return to the celebration of mass with everyone and implement the health and safety protocols that we have been given.  These are trying and confusing times and there is much debate about how and what we do during this pandemic.  The Great Command to love our God, Our Neighbor and Our Selves continues to be our guide.

For those who will be remaining home we will be broadcasting the 8:30am Mass from St. Aloysius on our Live Stream Facebook Page.  It will be broadcast on our local cable channels at 11:00am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

1:00pm Communion Service:   We will also be making Holy Communion available Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm at the Church of St. Mary for those who wish to receive Holy Communion without attending Sunday Mass.  

You may drive up the south side of St. Mary’s Church from the street to the arched canopy and remain in your car.   Father will be there to say a short prayer with you and distribute communion to those in the car. 


Next Sunday, June 7th Bishop LeVoir will be celebrating the closing Mass at the Church of St. John’s in Hector.  We are adjusting next weekend’s Mass schedule to accommodate this event.

     Saturday Mass on June 6th: 4pm @ St Mary, 5:00pm @ Holy Redeemer, 7:00pm @ St. Al’s.

     Sunday, June 7th: 8:30am at St Aloysius, 10:30am at St Mary and 10:00am at St. John’s.


We will be welcoming the members of St. John’s who will become part of the Church of St. Mary at our weekend masses at St. Mary’s on June 13th & 14th.

Congratulations to all of our 2020 High school Graduates and to those who are graduating from college this year.  We are proud of your achievements and pray that you may always follow the guidance of the  Holy Spirit.

We have adjusted our Weekday Masses, please see this weeks bulletin for the new weekday mass schedule.

Highlights for returning to public mass.

  • We can only seat 25%  capacity of our Churches. Once we are filled to this capacity, you may not be able to attend.  You may feel comfortable attending a weekday verses a Sunday Mass.
  • Everyone needs to enter through the front of the church, sanitize their hands and be seated where the ushers direct you.  .  We will fill the church from the front to the back.
  • We will seat people as families, couples or individuals at the ends of each pew.  Keeping one pew apart.
  • Plan to remain in your pew, until the end of Mass, when you come forward for communion and then exit from the side doors.
  • We encourage everyone to wear a face mask as directed by the Center for Disease Control and Minnesota Health Officials.
  • Our Plan for returning to mass will require more walking and use of stairs, then you are accustomed to.  Those with mobility issues should keep this in mind if you are planning to attend a mass.


Fr. Joe


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