At present, we are living in an unprecedented and uncertain time due to the fast-spreading of the deadly Corona Virus. As the number of people being affected by this Virus is increasing, the State Government has issued an emergency order on March 17th, with immediate effect, prohibiting any mass gathering of 10 people or more. On account of this, we had to cancel the Holy Mass and stop people coming to participate in the Mass daily and Sunday as well. I know it is hard for those who would go for daily Mass; but we have to face the reality, considering the risk, if we don’t abide by the law.
In accordance with the emergency order from the State of Wisconsin:
- Effective at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all public and private mass gatherings are prohibited.
- The “Mass Gathering” is any planned or spontaneous, public or private event or convening that will bring together or is likely to bring together 10 or more people in a single room or single confined or enclosed space at the same time.
- All gatherings that bring together or are likely to bring together less than 10 people in a single room or confined or enclosed space at the same time must: – Preserve social distancing of 6 feet between people, and – Follow all other public health recommendations issued by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Centers for Disease Control.
- This order will remain in effect for the duration of the public health emergency declared in Governor Ever’s Executive Order #72, or until a superseding order is issued.
- Violation or obstruction of this order is punishable by imprisonment, fines or both (Wis. Stat. §252.25).
This is the time we have to seek divine help. Hence you may come to Church and pray privately. The Wednesday Adoration will be held. However, kindly see to it that there are just one or two persons at a time. I ask you to observe the above State Order strictly, at the same to fulfill your intention to pray for the people who are affected by this Virus and the Medical Professionals who work for the community.
Keeping you all in my prayers,
Fr. Arul Joseph V