ST THOMAS AQUINAS AND DIOCESE OF MADISON RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Update, Friday, April 24, 11AM:
Masses will now be livestreamed on YouTube as well as Facebook. In addition, we will livestream our Holy Hours on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9 to 10 AM on Facebook.
This Monday at 10AM, Director of Discipleship and Development Holly Irving will share some of her devotional practice with us on Facebook at facebook.com/Stamadison
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Update, Monday, April 13, 1:30PM:
Back in March, we had to cancel our retreat, The Heart of Our Faith, due to the coronavirus. Now, the retreat team has reworked the material so we can present it on-line starting at 7:00PM Tuesday, April 14, and running through Saturday, April 18. No registration is needed – simply go to facebook.com/Stamadison where each reflection is posted. More information is at https://stamadison.org/hof-online/. And if you can’t get to the retreat in the evening or even this week, the material will stay on Facebook so you can revisit it any time.

Next Monday evening, April 20, Gayle Westphal will share praise and worship music with us. Please check back for the time.

Update, Tuesday, April 7, 5:00PM: There will be no adoration or confessions through Easter Sunday. The building will be locked on Good Friday from 12:00 noon until 3:00PM during the live-streaming of the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion in Spanish. The building will reopen for individual private prayer from 3:00-5:00PM. Confessions will be available by appointment after Easter.

After Easter we will return to our regular schedule of building open times and Mass live-streams until the Safer-at-Home order is lifted. Adoration will be Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9:00 to 10:00AM. Confessions will be available by appointment

Update, Friday, April 3, 4:00PM: The parish building is open for individual prayer on Sunday from noon to 5:00PM and Monday through Saturday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM.  The parish office is closed to in-person visits. Please call us at 608-833-2600 or email the office (parish@stamadison.org) or staff member you wish to contact.

For our Holy Week schedule, please see stamadison.org/holy-week-2020/.

Until restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic are lifted, our schedule of Mass and Reconciliation is as follows:

  • Sunday Mass in English will be live-streamed on Facebook (Facebook.com/Stamadison/) Tuesday – Saturday at 9:00AM and posted to our YouTube channel for later viewing.
  • Sunday Mass in Spanish will be live-streamed on Facebook (http://Facebook.com/Stamadison/ at 10:30AM.
  • Weekday Masses live-streamed on Facebook (Facebook.com/Stamadison/) Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00AM and posted to our YouTube channel for later viewing.
  • Mass on Monday will be private. It will not be available on either Facebook or YouTube.  Instead staff members will share some of their favorite prayers and devotions with the parish on Facebook.  On Monday, April, Director of Evangelization Jennifer Ludtke will share a piece of her morning prayer with scripture at 10AM.
  • Confessions are available by appointment and Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9:00-10:00 AM. No Confession on Holy Thursday or Holy Saturday.
  • All organized group devotions (Rosary, Stations of the Cross, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and Chaplet of Divine Mercy) have been suspended until further notice.
  • Eucharistic adoration will be Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9:00 to 10:00 AM. No adoration on Holy Thursday or Holy Saturday.
  • The parish office is closed to in-person visits. You may drop off papers, envelopes, and small items in the document slot next to the reception window.

Please help us keep everyone safe and healthy by obeying the regulations for large gatherings issued by the Madison Dane County Department of Public Health and by maintaining a safe distance of at least 6 feet from other people. If you come to the parish to pray and find 10 people already there, please wait outside until someone leaves the church.

Earlier information from the Diocese of Madison

The latest information from the Diocese of Madison is on their Diocesan Update page.

Effective through Friday, April 24, Bishop Hying has suspended the public celebration of Masses throughout the Diocese of Madison.  This means there will be no Masses open to parishioners at St. Thomas Aquinas until Saturday, April 4, at the earliest. The Diocese will review the suspension on March 31 and may issue new rules at that time, so please check back with us.  We encourage everyone to read the Bishop’s letter announcing the suspension:

Bp Hying on Suspension of Public Masses March 16 2020

The situation with the COVID-19 virus is changing rapidly, so this directive could be extended.  Please check back for updated information.

El Obispo Hying ha suspendido todas las celebraciones públicas de la Misa desde el 17 de marzo hasta el viernes 3 de abril. Esto significa que las Misas no estarán abiertas a los feligreses de Santo Tomás hasta el 4 de abril, como más temprano. Puede leer la carta del obispo al enlace abajo:

Carta del Obispo Hying con respeto de la Suspensión de las Misas

La situación del Coronavirus está cambiando rápidamente, así que ésta directiva puede extenderse. Los mantendremos informados en las próximas semanas.

Due to the spreading COVID-19 pandemic, Bishop Hying issued a decree last week dispensing everyone in the Diocese of Madison from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation until further notice from him.

Bishop Hying and the Diocese offer many suggestions to nourish your faith from home during the epidemic. For more information from the Diocese of Madison, including information on televised and live-streamed Masses, go to the Diocesan Update page.

This is a difficult period, but as Bishop Hying reminds us in his letter, “no matter the distance or our decision not to gather physically, we are never alone. The Lord is always with us and among us.”

Pope Francis’ Prayer to Mary 

O Mary,
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

A Prayer in Times of Pestilence from Bishop Hying
The Star of Heaven that nourished the Lord drove away the plague of death which the
first parents of man brought into the world. May this bright Star now vouchsafe to
extinguish that foul constellation whose battles have slain the people with the wound of
death.
O most pious Star of the Sea, preserve us from pestilence; hear us, O Lady, for Thy Son
honors Thee by denying Thee nothing. Save us, O Jesus, for whom Thy Virgin Mother
supplicates Thee.
V: Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Amen.