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Entries for March 2020

March 31, 2020 Mass

Posted on March 31, 2020 in: General News

Here is Tuesday, March 31, 2020, mass

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March 29, 2020 Mass

Posted on March 29, 2020 in: General News

Here is Sunday, March 29, 2020, mass

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March 22, 2020, Mass

Posted on March 28, 2020 in: General News

Sunday, March 22, 2020, Mass

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St. John’s Catholic Church and the Spirit of Life Area Faith Community will be live streaming mass on Sunday’s, Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at noon. Check us out on Facebook @Ortonville.st.john.Our live streaming of mass for Holy Week will be at noon on,April 5th, Palm SundayApril 9th, Holy ThursdayApril 10th, Good Friday andApril 12th, Easter Sunday.

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On March 18, I publicly announced the immediate suspension of all public weekday and weekend Masses in theDiocese of New Ulm until at least March 31, 2020.After prayer, reflection, and consultation, and in consideration of the most recent guidelines issued by local, state,and federal health authorities for slowing the rapid spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), I have made thedifficult decision to extend this suspension through April 13 (Easter Monday). All Catholics in the dioceseremain dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass during this time.The fundamental operating principles of the Diocese of New Ulm as we...

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Can't go to confession during coronavirus? Consider an 'act of perfect contrition'Imagine that Michael, a practicing Catholic, committed a mortal sin yesterday.Normally, Michael would go to confession. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, he can’t. It simply isn’t available. What can Michael do?Despite some creative efforts by priests to continue to offer the confessions during the pandemic, country-wide lockdowns and stay-at-home orders mean that Catholics around the world are finding it difficult to seek God’s forgiveness in the confessional.So when Catholics like Michael can’t seek God’s mercy in confession, the Ch...

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Weekend Communion in our AFC

Posted on March 20, 2020 in: General News

March 20, 2020Dear Parishioners and Friends of Spirit of Life AFC,In this time of fear, illness, and isolation we want to offer you the opportunity to receive the Body of Christ. May Christ strengthen us for the future, and comfort us in the present. As we pray as an AFC, we invite you to please take your time, and treat others with respect, patience, and gentleness.The opportunity to receive the Eucharist will be offered at each of our 4 parishes. Please prepare yourself for the Eucharist by reviewing the daily readings for mass, praying a Penitential prayer or an Act of Contrition and the Lord’s Prayer. After you receive...

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Statement from Bishop John M. LeVoir Regarding Suspension of all Public MassesI am concerned that all people be safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.Consequently, due to the public health recommendations from President Trump’s newly issued guideline that over the next 15 days, Americans should not gather in groups of more than ten people, I am immediately suspending all public Masses in the Diocese of New Ulm from March 18 until at least March 31. All Catholics in the diocese are dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass during this time.The fundamental operating principles of the Diocese of New Ulm as we face this ...

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March 13, 2020Statement from Bishop John M. LeVoir regarding COVID-19 and Mass obligationNEW ULM (March 13, 2020) - The Church teaches that "On Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass" (CCC, no. 2192). However, if one is sick, physically unable to get to Mass (e.g., a snowstorm), is needed to care for a sick child, or another physical or moral impossibility, the obligation to assist at Sunday Mass is suspended. Also, the obligation may be dispensed from by the bishop for the good of the faithful.Given the rapid spread of the COVID-19/coronavirus and to minimize the risk o...

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