COVID-19

VIRTUAL PINT WITH THE PASTOR: MAY 5 - Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Fr. Marquard and Alex at our Virtual Pint with the Pastor on May 5th at 7pm via Zoom call (CLICK HERE TO JOIN).

GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY WEEKEND: MAY 1-3 - Find details about our celebration of Good Shepherd Sunday HERE

DRINKING WITH THE SAINTS: VIRTUAL EDITION - Find details about our virtual cocktail hour HERE

COVID-19 SCHEDULING

We've added a page to our website to provide an updated schedule. Access it here or use the top navigation menu.

RECORDED MASSES

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.

LITANY IN TIME OF NEED

Archbishop Hebda and Bishop Cozzens have invited us to join together at 11:05 a.m. daily in praying the Litany in Time of Need. You can find the litany here (printable booklet) and here.

IT'S A START ... 

Here is a letter from Fr. Marquard on March 26, 2020.


MESSAGE FROM ARCHBISHOP HEBDA REGARDING SUSPENSION OF MASSES

Statement from Archbishop Hebda regarding Gov. Walz's Stay-At-Home Order


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:


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
My Jesus,
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. 
Amen.


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.

VIRTUAL HOLY WEEK RETREATS

There are some great Holy Week resources available to help us enter in to our Lord's Passion, Death and Resurrection as we journey toward Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. Here are 2 virtual retreats that Alex highly suggests tuning in to.

First, our own Archdiocese is hosting a virtual Holy Week Retreat where you will have the opportunity to pray Morning Prayer with various religious communities from around the Archdiocese and close the day with Adoration and a conference in the evening live streamed from the Cathedral of St. Paul. More information can be found at https://www.archspm.org/holyweek

Second, Monsignor James P. Shea (President of U Mary), is leading a 7 day Holy Week Retreat titled, "From Shadows Into The Light: Gaining The Eyes of Faith". More information can be found at https://www.umary.edu/about/office-of-president/faith.php