This post was last updated on February 6, 2021.


As of February 5, per the new municipal health ordinance, the maximum attendance for churches in Milwaukee will increase from 100 to “25% capacity”. That will amount to 200 individuals allowed in our church at any one time. At St. Sebastian, we have an average attendance of 105 at 8 am, 55 at 10:30 am, and 85 at 6 pm. Obviously, numbers will be changing from week to week, especially if there is a baptism or other special event. Our Ushers will continue taking a count at the door in order of us to be in compliance with this ordinance. Once we reach 200, we will ask persons to leave the premises and come back for Mass at a different time or to take advantage of the Mass online. Please know that St. Sebastian Staff are appraised weekly of all necessary data to assess safety. We “religiously” follow all safety protocol for the safety of our parishioners.  This new maximum number is in place until it is replaced by a new ordinance.


Listen to this video message from Fr. Peter Patrick about discerning your own in-person Mass attendance.

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms or a fever, PLEASE STAY HOME. The most vulnerable are also encouraged to please stay home. This includes:

  • Those 60 and older
  • Those with compromised immune systems or with underlying health concerns
  • Those who are anxious about the safety of being in public places during this time

Mass is live-streamed on the parish’s Facebook page at 8 am every Sunday.


Please be aware that the safety committee has recommended to the Pastor and Director of Liturgy that all Masses be radically streamlined in content and time. The goal is to reduce the amount of time people are gathered in church and to safeguard as many staff and volunteers as possible. To these ends, it was decided that there will be minimal music during the liturgies and that a reduced number of ministers be used for Mass. These are very unusual times and thus the Pastor and the safety committee recommend that people exercise prudence when deciding whether to attend Mass in person or to stay home.

For those who do join us at Mass in person, please remember that face masks should cover both mouth and nose.


Please know that the safety procedure of taking the temperature of all persons as they enter the Church will temporarily cease during the cold weather. It has been shown that readings are drastically inaccurate when people enter a building from the cold. We will resume the safety measure once the weather warms up. However, all persons are asked to take their temperatures at home prior to coming to Church. If your temperature is 100.4 or higher, you should stay home. Obviously, if you are sick, elderly, have a compromised immune system or other serious concern, you should stay home at this time.  Protecting others around us is a true act of Christian charity – caring for our brothers and sisters. Please use your conscience and sound reasoning when deciding whether you should come to Church or stay home at this time.


9 thoughts on “Saint Sebastian COVID-19 Updates

    • We are currently not open for visitors. We will let people know when we are. We are missing our parishioners!

  1. We are currently not open for visitors. We will let people know when we are. We are missing our parishioners!

  2. Please provide more updates on your masses conducted outside. What days / times and are chairs provided? I would like to have my mom attend but your policy is vague on the website.

    • The outside Mass is only being seen as an option if the indoor Mass would not be possible for some reason – like the sanitation crew couldn’t sanitize. So far, there are no real plans for an outdoor Mass.

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