(Updated November 21, 2020)
Listen to the video message from Fr. Peter Patrick.
The safety committee has recommended to the Pastor and Director of Liturgy that, as of this Sunday, November 22, 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 not be any 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.
Reminder: Face masks should cover both mouth and nose.
(Updated November 16, 2020)
With the daily increase of Covid-19 virus cases in the country, state and city, we are being asked to take extra precautions. Our hospitals are overwhelmed and medical personnel overworked. Although the church will be open on Sundays, I would ask you to make the right judgment. It’s better for you to be safe than being sorry. Don’t come for Mass because of fear of Catholic guilt. You can also prayer better at home. We will continue live streaming Mass at 8 AM from Saint Sebastian. Also, if we have any change, be prepared because timing might be short. Keep your ears opened.
(Updated October 31, 2020)
NEW MAXIMUM NUMBER FOR MASS – 100
Effective October 29, 2020, the city of Milwaukee Health Ordinance 4.2 states that the maximum number of persons allowed indoors for a religious service is 100 (previously, we were allowed 227, or 25% capacity). In all other circumstances in the city, the maximum number indoors is 10. At St. “Sebastian, we have an average attendance of 105 at 8am, 55 at 10:30am and 85 at 6p. 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 100, 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.
TEMPERATURES WILL NOT BE TAKEN IN COLD WEATHER
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.
(Updated August 5, 2020)
Once again, we celebrate Mass together!
- Sunday Masses at Saint Sebastian are at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mass at Saint Catherine is at 9 a.m.
- The 8:00 am Sunday Mass is live-streamed on Facebook and saintsebastianonline.net.
- If for some reason Saint Sebastian cannot open the doors, the backup plan is to celebrate Mass outside. We’ll send Facebook and email notices with any updates.
We are following the Archdiocese as well as the City’s guideline for 25% of church capacity. We ask that everyone wear a mask; masks will be provided for those without them. Ushers have been through training to ensure that COVID prevention rules are observed. Here is a link to the Comeback Letter and Guidelines. We also now take each person’s temperature at the door. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be allowed to enter the church.
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
Archbishop Listecki has extended dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation to September 6, 2020. All persons may use their own discretion about attending Mass until that time. Please know that if you are not comfortable with our best efforts for sanitizing and social distancing, we will understand your decision to remain at home. We will joyfully await your arrival when you do feel comfortable returning to Mass.
Jeremiah says, “The Lord is with me, like a mighty champion: my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.” And he continues: “for he has rescued the life of the poor from the power of the wicked!” “Do not be afraid: you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Mt 10)
Sacraments – Baptism, First Eucharist and Confirmation eventually will be celebrated. We await the Archbishop’s decision on when and how these will occur.
We pray that all parishioners, in sharing this value of the Eucharist, will respect all new norms for celebrating Mass. We will walk together through this with faith but also with reason, with hope but also with caution, and always – with love!
Current Daily Mass Schedule
Please join Fr. Peter Patrick Kimani. In keeping with Archdiocesan guidelines, since St. Sebastian and St. Catherine have begun celebrating Sunday Masses on site, we are limited to two additional onsite Masses during the week. We are not allowed to have Communion services. With parishioner input, we have set the following:
- St. Sebastian – Facebook Live Mass on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:15 a.m. (https://www.facebook.com/StSebsMKE – you do not need to be a Facebook member to watch).
- St. Catherine – Onsite Mass on Tuesdays and Fridays at 8.30 a.m.
All of the same health restrictions apply.