Saint Olaf is closely monitoring the Covid-19/Corona Virus pandemic and is following Archdiocesan and State of Minnesota recommendations.
On Wednesday, May 13, Governor Walz lifted the STAY at HOME Mandate and replaced it with the "STAY SAFE MN" directive. However, as part of the directive Churches are not allowed to have more than 10 people in a gathering.
On Friday, May 15 Archbishop Hebda released a letter stating in part:
Two weeks ago, I communicated with you that the bishops of Minnesota had decided to ask our parishes to plan and prepare for the opening of public Masses May 18, based on the indicated expiration date of Governor Walz’s Stay-at-Home order. At the same time, the bishops proactively engaged public officials about the importance of some limited opening of our churches for Mass. A plan to resume public Masses in a limited manner on May 18—but only in places where parishes were willing and ready to follow a prescribed set of sanitization protocols—was submitted May 8 to the governor for feedback. Four Lutheran denominations joined our letter to Governor Walz. A number of other denominations and independent churches submitted plans May 8, as well.
To our disappointment, the governor and his administration have not yet engaged in dialogue with us on our proposal. While easing the Stay-at-Home order May 13, the governor’s new Stay Safe Minnesota executive order explicitly prohibited faith-based gatherings with more than ten unrelated people. We are hopeful, however, because Governor Walz has called meetings of faith leaders for next Monday and Tuesday, to solicit feedback on a new set of public worship guidelines that his administration will be producing. The date of re-opening for religious gatherings of more than ten people is still uncertain...
Saint Olaf will NOT be opening for Mass on Monday, May 18th. We WILL be open for Mass as soon as we receive directives from the Governor and the Archbishop, allowing for Mass to be held in larger capacities, hopefully in the next week or so. Remember, we are open for private prayer, adoration, and Reconciliation according to the schedule below.
Please be aware that Saint Olaf has already begun the process of determining how we will return to public Masses, and we will communicate all procedures to the parish once they are defined.
The schedule for Saint Olaf continues to be as follows: Monday - Friday 7:00am - 7:30am ADORATION 7:30am - till line ends RECONCILIATION 12:00pm - 12:30pm ADORATION Tuesday & Thursday 12:30pm - till line ends RECONCILIATION Saturday 12:30pm - till line ends RECONCILIATION (Saturday Reconciliation at north entrance off surface parking lot) Sunday Building closed all day
Saint Olaf appreciates your continued support during this time: Consider supporting Saint Olaf via online giving, visit www.SaintOlaf.org/give for one time gifts or to set up recurring gifts. We appreciate your continued support to help us meet our financial obligations.
A couple of reminders: If you are ill, please stay home until you feel better. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Refrain from touching your face. Practice Social distancing, self-quarantine as much as possible, and PRAY.
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