Mass Instructions – Common Sense

COVID19 has been in the news a lot lately. The number of cases reported each day is certainly to be considered what and how we do things each day. And of course, the conflicting reports and political viewpoints do not make it any easier trying to make decisions. Another point to keep in mind is whether the directions given us are recommendations or requirements.

That all being said, I want everyone to know we will continue our regularly scheduled mass schedule. We will continue to ask people to wear masks and maintain social distance. We will continue to sanitize to the best of our ability to make the facility safe for you and your family members.

With the increase number of cases, I am going to ask you to participate by doing a careful evaluation of your health and any compromising health conditions you might have. If you have any doubt, I would rather you stayed home and watched mass on Facebook live or the recording on our website:

We will not be taking communion to the homebound for the next two weeks until the daily case load of virus declines. I do not to put any of our elderly at risk.

For all of you, discern what you will do on the side of caution.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Requests
As many of you know Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (a hands-on religious education program) is starting at our parish cluster this fall. There have been many people involved in helping get the program set up – Thank you to all who have helped! I am still in need of a few additional items to round out our beautiful room, the Atrium (the nursery room in the basement of St. Joseph church). I invite you to come take a look at this beautiful space in the next few weeks, and if you’d like a tour or have questions about the program please feel free to contact me (651.587.9583 or

The items still needed for the room are listed below – most of which are common household items that you may have extras of!

If you would like to donate items you can bring them to the Faith Formation office during office hours, leave them in the blue bin outside the Atrium or contact me for pickup.

  • Doilies, all sizes
  • 1-2 clear glass napkin rings
  • 1-2 rolls grippy shelf liner (non-adhesive)
  • 5-6 hand towels
  • child size broom, dustpan and hand broom
  • Small sponges
  • Unscented white votive candles (all sizes)
  • Clear glass votive holders
  • small magnifying glass (something a child could use)
  • Metal measuring spoons
  • Small vases or bud vases
  • Metal, glass or wood trays
  • Baskets – all sizes
  • Wooden Religious themed puzzles
  • Metal, clear glass or porcelain bowls (soup size to large mixing/serving size)
  • Various small glass, porcelain, or wood jars/containers with lids (Lids must be able to be opened by children. Looking for more “decorative” type, not mason jar or baby food jars. Can be all sizes of ‘small’ from teeny tiny to 1/2 pint size)
  • Narrow 2-3 shelf cabinet/curio case (can be painted but must have doors)
  • small 1 or 2 drawer dresser/side table (can be painted)

May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Fr Ed Anderson Email: fatheredanderson[at] Phone: 715.817.3736 St. Joseph Church – Rice Lake Holy Trinity – Haugen St. John the Evangelist – Birchwood Our Lady of Lourdes – Dobie