Corona Virus Update

        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

           Worship/Prayer:

  •           Watch MCN Channel 6 on Sundays at 8:00pm or Mondays at 10:00am for the Sunday Mass, or
               go to our website, www.SaintOlaf.org/media and watch the Sunday Mass anytime.

  •            Fr. Kevin is recording the daily Mass in English and in Spanish and we are posting these on our website,
               www.SaintOlaf.org/media.
  •            We are posting Fr. Kevin's Weekday Liturgical commentary for your personal reflection time. 
             This can be found on the front page of the website, click on the photo of Fr. Kevin and then select
             the day of the week that you would like to read.

  •          A list of resources available for prayer during these difficult days, from a variety of publishers is posted on the
             US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB): Click here for: USCCB Prayer Resources
  •        The Magnificat Family is offering a FREE online version of Magnificat  for prayer and reflection during this time.
             The link is www.magnificat.com/free.
  •        Pray for those who have contracted the virus, as well as their family, friends, and the health care workers assisting them.
  •        Pray for those who are working hard to find some type of medical solution to lessen the impact of this virus.
  •        Visit the Saint Olaf Prayer Request (upper right corner of this website) to submit your prayers to our dedicated prayer partners.

            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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215 S. 8TH STREET, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA 55402
612-332-7471
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