GENERAL ABSOLUTION - FRIDAY MARCH 27, 2020 6:30PM
Archbishop Hebda has granted each priest who presently hears confessions in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis the extraordinary permission to impart absolution to multiple persons without prior confession, otherwise known as “general absolution,” until the novel coronavirus pandemic no longer has an impact on the celebration of public Mass in the archdiocese.
Given Governor Walz’s Stay-at-Home Order, we very well may be entering a time when, through no fault of their own, the faithful will be forced to be for a long time without the grace of the Sacrament of Confession, which is one of the reasons that allows for celebration of the sacrament in this way.
If you would like to participate in the Rite of Reconciliation with General Confession and Absolution, please come to the Good Shepherd parking lot Friday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m.
As you make your decision, please keep in mind that all those who participate in this celebration must go to individual confession prior to any further reception of general absolution, unless the archbishop extends further permission. Additionally, unless a moral impossibility stands in the way, they are absolutely bound to go make an individual confession within one year. Please see The Discipline of General Absolution for full details.
Individual confession is the ordinary means for a member of the faithful who is conscious of serious sin to be reconciled with God and the Church. I will continue to offer the Sacrament of Confession multiple times each day for the foreseeable future. If necessary, I will offer individual confessions in the parking lot rather than inside the church. Additionally, I am willing to come to you for the sacrament.
PALMS FOR PALM SUNDAY
Our order of palms for Palm Sunday (April 5) has arrived. Since we will not have a public Mass for Palm Sunday, those who would like to pick up palms for their families are invited to do so beginning Friday March 27th in the afternoon. Palms will be available near the canopy entrance.
We've added a page to our website to provide an updated schedule. Access it here or use the top navigation menu.
We will do our best to post daily Masses for as long as public celebration is suspended. Additionally, we are hoping to live stream at least one Sunday Mass. Keep checking here for details. Click here for the Mass page, or use the top navigation menu. Download our Sunday Mass Guide here.
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MESSAGE FROM ARCHBISHOP HEBDA REGARDING SUSPENSION OF MASSES
SUSPENSION OF PUBLIC MASSES IN THE ARCHDIOCESE
Click here to read the Archbishop's full letter.
Due to the serious nature of the COVID-19/Coronavirus, Archbishop Hebda has made the difficult decision to suspend all regularly scheduled public celebrations of the Mass in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis until further notice. You can find updated information from the Archdiocese at www.archspm.org/covid19.
Please know that we, along with you, feel deep sadness that this is the situation we must confront. We are assessing how to best livestream Mass online, provide video recordings of Mass and Stations of the Cross and other devotions, continue offering the Sacrament of Confession and Eucharistic Adoration, hold “drive-in Masses” on Sundays (yes, you read that correctly), open the church for prayer, and more. We will alert you as soon as we know of any changes.
Please join us in praying for one another and for lasting remedies for our present trials. The Lord can bring about good from what we are currently suffering. May he awaken in each of us a greater desire for the Mass and for the Eucharist – may our hunger to receive our Eucharistic Lord ever increase and never wane.
Our Lady, Health of the Sick, pray for us!
Saint Roch, pray for us!
Saint Rosalie, pray for us!
Lord Jesus, the Divine Physician, have mercy on us!
PRAYERS FOR THE PRESENT TIME
Click here for a collection of prayers suitable for these days.
TO HONOR THE LORD'S DAY AT HOME
During this challenging time, many of the faithful may be unable to attend Mass. Many publishers are honored to offer complimentary resources for the lay faithful during this time. Find a list of those resources below:
- Magnificat is honored to provide both complimentary access to the online version of their adult publications and the March and April issues of their Magnifikids children's publication to help people pray from home.
- Steubenville Conferences: The Upper Room - Links to a Virtual Parish Mission that you can join March 29-31, Library of webinars and conference talks, Online Rosaries, and more
- Liturgy Training Publications has resources for praying the Liturgy of the Hours found here.
- Lifeteen - A website for teens and their families to celebrate Sundays
- St Paul Center - Quarantined Catholic Hub
MESSAGE FROM ARCHBISHOP HEBDA
NAVIGATING COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS
On March 12, Archbishop Hebda dispensed the faithful of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis from their Sunday Mass obligation until further notice. Click here to read a letter with information about his decision and what he is asking of all of us as the number of cases of COVID-19/Coronavirus continues to rise. Additionally, and because the virus appears to be spreading rapidly, the Archdiocese has created a web page to serve as a timely resource: archspm.org/covid19.
What does this mean for us at Good Shepherd? We will continue with our regular schedule of Stations of the Cross, the Sacrament of Confession, and Mass. If you decide that congregating for these liturgies would constitute a risk to yourself or others, you have the freedom not to attend. Those who are scheduled for various ministries (altar servers, ushers, singers, readers, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, sacristans) do not need to serve at their scheduled times if they do not feel comfortable doing so, nor should they worry about finding a substitute. We will celebrate these liturgies as best we can with the people present. Along with the Archbishop, we ask those choosing to attend to minimize the risk of contracting or spreading infection. For details about that, please see archspm.org/covid19.
This is a time during which we may experience an increased desire for the sacraments of healing, namely Anointing of the Sick and Confession. Please do not hesitate to contact Father Marquard if you have a need for these sacraments. If you are faced with a sacramental emergency (danger of death) please contact him using the emergency number: 612.567.0535.
In his letter, Archbishop Hebda asks the faithful of the archdiocese to observe the Lord’s Day even if they do not attend Mass. One of the ways he suggests for doing this is to make a Spiritual Communion. Below, you will find an Act of Spiritual Communion. Another way to keep the Lord’s Day holy is to pray with the readings and prayers of the day. You can find these here. Below, you will also find attached a Prayer to Saint Roch, whose intercession is specially invoked against plague and epidemic. We encourage you to pray it daily.
Finally, we encourage you to join us in beseeching the intercession of Our Lady, Health of the Sick, and the graces of Jesus Christ, the Divine Physician, that we may receive lasting remedies for our present trials.
ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
I believe that you are truly present
in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things
and I desire to possess You within my soul.
Since I am unable at this moment
to receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as being already there,
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
PRAYER TO SAINT ROCH
O Blessed Saint Roch, patron of the sick, have pity on those who lie upon a bed of suffering. Your power was so great when you were in this world, that by the Sign of the Cross, many were healed of their diseases. Now that you are in heaven, your power is not less. Offer, then, to God our sighs and tears and obtain for us that health we seek. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Repeat the following three times.
Saint Roch, pray for us, that we may be preserved from all diseases of body and soul.