News

Bishop's Statement:  Click Here

Stream Masses:  Click Here

Fr. Aaron's July 23, 2020 Memo to Parishioners Regarding Face Coverings.

As many of you know, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz gave Emergency Executive Order 20-81 on July 22, 2020, requiring Minnesotans to wear a face covering in indoor public settings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes our public gathering for Mass and our parish facilities as a non-profit business.  

Our local area has not been affected by severe spread of COVID-19, so our compliance to this order may seem an overreaction, but those who are most vulnerable in our midst are the ones who benefit most from it, and ultimately none of us wants anyone to die from the virus, nor for our parish to be known as the place where someone got sick. We could be fined or shut down, and that would be terrible. We have a moral responsibility to lead the local community by our example of virtue and service to our neighbor. God expects us to comply with civil leaders when it seems morally reasonable to do so and does not lead anyone to sin.

Therefore, I am asking all parishioners to please comply with the order to wear masks whenever in our facilities, unless you have a reason that fits the exemptions.

  • Please understand that our staff and ushers are trained to ask those without masks: “Do you need a mask?” We will try not to be bothersome about it.
  • The following individuals are exempt from face covering requirements:
    • “Individuals with a medical cndition, mental health condition, or disability that makes it unreasonable for the individual to maintain a face covering. This includes but is not limited to, individuals who have a medical condition that comprises their ability to breathe, and individuals who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance. These individuals should consider using alternatives to face coverings, including clear face shields, and staying at home as much as possible.” (EO 20-81, p.4)
    • “Children wh are five years old and under. Those who are under two-years-old should never wear a face mask covering due to the risks of suffocation. Those who are at least two are encouraged to wear a face covering if they can do so in compliance with the regulations (i.e., without frequently touching or removing the cloth).” (EO 20-81, p.5)
  • The obligation to attend Holy Mass is still lifted (dispensed) by Bishop Kettler, so there is no sin for anyone to miss it.
  • Face coverings may be temporarily removed in certain circumstances (EO 20-81, p.6):
    • When prclaiming the scriptures or leading prayer: “When testifying, speaking or performing in a public indoor space [like the priests, deacons and lectors proclaiming the scriptures or leading prayers] … provided that social distancing is always maintained.”
    • When playing a musical instrument: “During practices r performances in an indoor public space when a face covering cannot be used while playing a musical instrument, provided that social distance is always maintained.”
    • “While cmmunicating with an individual who is deaf or hearing impaired or has a disability, medical condition, or mental health condition that makes communication with that individual while wearing a face covering difficult, provided that social distancing is maintained to the extent possible between persons who are not members of the same household.”
    • When receiving hly communion: “While receiving a service … that cannot be performed … when the individual receiving the service is wearing a face covering.”
    • “When an individual is alne [like praying alone in the church] ... In such situations, the individual should still carry a face covering to be prepared for person-to-person interactions and to be used when no longer alone.”
  • Our parishes are required to post signs that are visible to all persons instructing them to wear face coverings as required by this Executive Order.
  • Our parishes must require that all persons wear face coverings as required by this Executive Order.
    • We will prvide accommodations for persons who state they have a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that makes it unreasonable for the person to maintain a face covering.
    • We will nt require anyone to provide proof of the above conditions.
    • We will nt enforce this requirement when it is unsafe to do so, nor restrain, assault or physically remove anyone who refuses to comply with the Executive Order.
    • If we fail t comply with the Executive Order as a church, we may be punished up to $1,000, or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days, as well as penalties up to $25,000 per occurrence. (EO 20-81, p.14)

      Memo to Parishioners from Fr. Aaron Kuhn, July 23, 2020 regarding face coverings.

      As many of you know, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz gave Emergency Executive Order 20-81 on July 22, 2020, requiring Minnesotans to wear a face covering in indoor public settings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes our public gathering for Mass and our parish facilities as a non-profit business.  

      Our local area has not been affected by severe spread of COVID-19, so our compliance to this order may seem an overreaction, but those who are most vulnerable in our midst are the ones who benefit most from it, and ultimately none of us wants anyone to die from the virus, nor for our parish to be known as the place where someone got sick. We could be fined or shut down, and that would be terrible. We have a moral responsibility to lead the local community by our example of virtue and service to our neighbor. God expects us to comply with civil leaders when it seems morally reasonable to do so and does not lead anyone to sin.

      Therefore, I am asking all parishioners to please comply with the order to wear masks whenever in our facilities, unless you have a reason that fits the exemptions.

    • Please understand that our staff and ushers are trained to ask those without masks: “Do you need a mask?” We will try not to be bothersome about it.
    • The following individuals are exempt from face covering requirements:
      • “Individuals with a medical cndition, mental health condition, or disability that makes it unreasonable for the individual to maintain a face covering. This includes but is not limited to, individuals who have a medical condition that comprises their ability to breathe, and individuals who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance. These individuals should consider using alternatives to face coverings, including clear face shields, and staying at home as much as possible.” (EO 20-81, p.4)
      • “Children wh are five years old and under. Those who are under two-years-old should never wear a face mask covering due to the risks of suffocation. Those who are at least two are encouraged to wear a face covering if they can do so in compliance with the regulations (i.e., without frequently touching or removing the cloth).” (EO 20-81, p.5)
    • The obligation to attend Holy Mass is still lifted (dispensed) by Bishop Kettler, so there is no sin for anyone to miss it.
    • Face coverings may be temporarily removed in certain circumstances (EO 20-81, p.6):
      • When prclaiming the scriptures or leading prayer: “When testifying, speaking or performing in a public indoor space [like the priests, deacons and lectors proclaiming the scriptures or leading prayers] … provided that social distancing is always maintained.”
      • When playing a musical instrument: “During practices r performances in an indoor public space when a face covering cannot be used while playing a musical instrument, provided that social distance is always maintained.”
      • “While cmmunicating with an individual who is deaf or hearing impaired or has a disability, medical condition, or mental health condition that makes communication with that individual while wearing a face covering difficult, provided that social distancing is maintained to the extent possible between persons who are not members of the same household.”
      • When receiving hly communion: “While receiving a service … that cannot be performed … when the individual receiving the service is wearing a face covering.”
      • “When an individual is alne [like praying alone in the church] ... In such situations, the individual should still carry a face covering to be prepared for person-to-person interactions and to be used when no longer alone.”
    • Our parishes are required to post signs that are visible to all persons instructing them to wear face coverings as required by this Executive Order.
    • Our parishes must require that all persons wear face coverings as required by this Executive Order.
      • We will prvide accommodations for persons who state they have a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that makes it unreasonable for the person to maintain a face covering.
      • We will nt require anyone to provide proof of the above conditions.
      • We will nt enforce this requirement when it is unsafe to do so, nor restrain, assault or physically remove anyone who refuses to comply with the Executive Order.
      • If we fail to comply with the Executive Order as a church, we may be punished up to $1,000, or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days, as well as penalties up to $25,000 per occurrence. (EO 20-81, p.14)

 

Bookmark and Share