Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Please revisit this page often for updated information.

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends of Our Lady of the Prairie:

As you may know we started live-streaming our Mass on Friday, March 27 and continued to do so over the weekend at the regular weekend Mass times.  I don’t think I could have possibly anticipated how comforting it was for me. Praise God!

Know that I have consulted with the Archdiocesan staff (almost certainly to the point of annoying at least one of them) and I am following the parameters they established in conversation with Governor Walz, including the 10 person limit at Mass.  (I was delighted that when Governer Walz announced the the stay-at-home order he specifically and explicitly mentioned his conversation with Archbishop Hebda, so I know that the Archdiocese understands what the Governor expects with regard to Church activities.)

For ministries at weekend Masses, generally speaking I have been contacting those who were scheduled for each Mass (we don’t need Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion) or those who established a presence by custom, telling them that they are welcome to serve as they had been scheduled but ought not to do so if they do not feel safe or comfortable under the present circumstances.  If you were scheduled for a Palm Sunday Mass you can expect a call from me this week. I have generally allowed a “+1” for those ministers serving a Mass; this is expected to be a closely related relative in nearly all cases. As you can imagine, this quickly adds up to a total of close to 10, the limit we have been and intend to observe. Though I clearly cannot have the whole 10 a.m. choir at any one Mass, I could use a few “here and there” and some instrumentalists as well.  Please contact me (blynch@olp.church) if you would like to play piano or organ or sing and I may very well be able to get you on the Mass schedule, especially if these restrictions carry over into the Easter season.

We will be streaming the daily Mass this week at the normal times; that is Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. and Friday at 4:15 p.m.  John Walsh is my newly appointed Coordinator of Daily Mass Servers due in part to his familiarity with serving and availability for serving. If you would like to serve at a daily Mass (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday) please text or phone John at 612-817-6333.  (Messaging and data rates may apply.)

As far as weekday lectors go we have a less formal schedule for daily Masses; I have been reaching out to them, but I am not entirely clear how this will play out. (I’ve never been the pastor during a pandemic before!)  If you would like to lector at a daily Mass, please contact me (blynch@olp.church) and I should be able to get you on the schedule for a Mass. Under the current circumstances we don’t need a sacristan for any Masses.

So, I encourage you to watch the live-stream Masses this week.  You can also check out OLP Facebook for my short videos geared towards children and the young-at-heart.  We of course continue to need financial support; please consider signing up for E-giving on the website or depositing your donation in our big gray drop-box on Church Street on one of your errands.

You may not receive another update message like this from me until Friday, April 3.

All the Best in Christ,
Fr. Brian Lynch
blynch@olp.church

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends of Our Lady of the Prairie:

You are encouraged to join Pope Francis and Catholics around the world for prayer and a special Urbi et Orbi blessing (blessing to the city and to the world), Friday, March 27, at noon (CST). Please click the link that follows, not only for the live video stream from St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, but also for recorded messages from Archbishop Hebda about this particular blessing and the associated plenary (full) indulgence available at this difficult time.

https://www.archspm.org/popeblessing/

This weekend, Friday, March 27 – Sunday, March 29, I will hear Confessions at the “regular” times: Friday at 5 – 5:30 p.m., Saturday at 3:30 – 4 p.m., and Sunday at 7:15 – 7:45 a.m.; however, I will be on the rectory porch at 212 N. Chestnut Street.  You can walk over or you can stay in your car if you pull into the driveway. Though not prohibited, please do not bring young children for confessions in this format. Please consider coming on Friday rather than Saturday or Sunday, as I will have time to stay late on Friday, though not on Saturday or Sunday, since I will need to leave promptly to celebrate Mass.

We intend to live stream our Masses on Friday at 4:15 p.m., Saturday at 4:15 p.m., and Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. To do this, go to the Our Lady of the Prairie website where you will find the words “Watch Our Lady of the Prairie Live Stream” in a blue rectangle.  Please click on that rectangle join us. Know that the live stream is not available 24/7, so if you click on the rectangle well outside of Mass times, there will be nothing to see. It is possible that you (and we) will experience technical difficulties; for that we are sorry.

You may not receive another email from me until Monday, March 30. Check out the Our Lady of the Prairie website and Facebook page for more information, including videos.  You are welcome to phone me with any needs or concerns you have at 952-454-1954. I am especially concerned about our homebound elderly parishioners who may not be receiving these communications; if you become aware of any needs of our elderly homebound parishioners, please help them to get the resources they need, including my personal attention.  Again, in the event I do not answer your phone call, please leave a short message, clearly stating your name and phone number.

All the Best in Christ,
Fr. Brian Lynch

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends of Our Lady of the Prairie:

This week, Monday, March 23 –  Friday, March 27, Our Lady of the Prairie church will be open for private quiet individual prayer from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. There will be no communal recitation of prayers.  We will be enforcing the social distancing requirements, including the upper limit of just 10 people, and sanitizing before and after this designated time. All are welcome.

I will next hear Confessions at the “regular” time on Tuesday, March 24, from 7:45 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.; however, I will be on the rectory porch at 212 N. Chestnut Street.  You can walk over or you can stay in your car if you pull into the driveway. I will also hear Confessions in the church at the regular time on Friday, March 27, 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and will stay longer if needed. I will maintain the required social distancing by being in the server sacristy (St. Joseph/east side of church) with each penitent kneeling behind a screen or sitting in a chair at a recommended social distancing distance; a staff member will be on hand to help facilitate the process and maintain precautions. If you will have trouble navigating the few stairs to the sanctuary, you will not want to come for confession in the church; please contact me 952-454-1954 for alternative arrangements, including a home visit, if you would like.  It is very possible that I will not answer if you call, so please leave a short message clearly stating your name and phone number.

Archbishop Hebda invites you to pray with him daily.  Each day at 11:05 a.m. our Archbishop will pray the Litany in Time of Need on Relevant Radio 1330am, www.relevantradio.com and on the Relevant Radio App.  Please join him and Catholics throughout the Archdiocese!

Visit the Formed.org website for a vast library of Catholic information including books, audio recordings, and videos.  Our parish has a subscription that allows you access. If you have not already used Formed and need help, email Loree Heinkel at lheinkel@olp.church; she will be happy to help you!

You may not receive another email from me until Friday, March 27, when I intend to give you an update for the weekend. You may check out the Our Lady of the Prairie website and Facebook page for more information, including new videos.  You are welcome to phone me with any needs or concerns you have at 952-454-1954. I am especially concerned about our homebound elderly parishioners who may not be receiving these communications; if you become aware of any needs of our elderly homebound parishioners, please help them to get the resources they need, including my personal attention.  Again, in the event I do not answer your phone call, please leave a short message, clearly stating your name and phone number.

All the Best in Christ,
Fr. Brian Lynch

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Due to recent events regarding Covid19, scheduled activities have been cancelled or postponed. 

The Adoration Chapel will be closed until further notice.

 

 

 

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