SATURDAY DINNERS ONCE A MONTH THIS FALL!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR SEPTEMBER 11th
We are excited to announce a possible new ministry that is focused on developing a sense of community among our parishioners, especially among our seniors. The Women’s Council would like to invite you to share a meal following Saturday Mass on September 11th in the community center. We plan to offer a meal after Saturday Mass once a month from September through November as a trial run. Future dinners may also include an after-dinner activity such as Bingo, cards, a simple craft or a classic movie. We are very grateful to the generous donor who has provided funds for this ministry. If there is a demand for this ministry and if we continue to have coordinators/volunteers to make it happen, the dinners could continue into the future. The dinner is open to everyone, and we particularly invite our seniors. Please consider calling a senior from St. George to invite him/her to Mass and the dinner and perhaps to offer a ride if that is needed. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, September 11th!
SPECIAL HAITI EMERGENCY COLLECTION
Archbishop Hebda is asking all archdiocesan parishes to join with U.S. Catholics in an emergency collection for those suffering the devastating earthquake in Haiti. On August 14, a massive 7.2 magnitude quake hit Haiti leveling homes and businesses, leaving many without shelter or food. Hospitals and clinics are overwhelmed. Still struggling from the 2010 damaging earthquake, the country was also hit by Tropical Storm Grace, adding to the devastation. Help is critical for our Haitian brothers and sisters desperate to survive. Gifts will be forwarded to the USCCB Bishops Emergency Disaster Fund created to support relief efforts through Catholic Relief Services in situations like Haiti. Contact Deacon Mickey Friesen from the Center for Mission at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651.291.4445 for more information. There will be no second collection; rather we ask that if you can help, you place your donations in a SEPARATE envelope marked Haitian Relief and either place them in the collection basket or mail them to the parish office. Thank you for your generosity.
LIMITED EUCHARISTIC ADORATION IN THE CHAPEL
We are offering parishioners the opportunity to spend some time in the chapel engaged in Eucharistic Adoration or private prayer. All parishioners are welcome, even those who are not current Adorers.
ADORACIÓN EUCARÍSTICA LIMITADA
Lunes, de 9 am – 8 pm
Miércoles, 9 am-8pm
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Sign up for Flocknote, a digital communications tool, that the parish is using to keep touch in with parishioners. We invite parishioners to join Flocknote for FREE, to receive regular digital communications from the church via email or text, whichever method they choose. Flocknote messages bring you important information about parish events, announcements, and Covid-19 protocol updates. Father Juettner will also be announcing an exciting adult faith formation opportunity that is only available via Flocknote. You can SIGN UP FOR FLOCKNOTE by texting STG133 to 84576 OR by emailing bookkeeper Lynn Johnston at email@example.com and providing your cellphone number and email address OR by clicking on this link: https://ChurchofStGeorge1.flocknote.com/Parishioners
Church of St. George Guide to Returning to Masses & End of Dispensation
As the pandemic subsides, and public gathering restrictions and safety protocols are lifted, it is time to gather as the Body of Christ once again. Therefore, the bishops and diocesan administrators of the Minnesota Catholic Conference reinstated the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation beginning the weekend of July 3-4, 2021. Read about this decision, and find examples of special circumstances when a dispensation would still apply in Archbishop Hebda’s Letter to the Faithful (English):
Archbishop Hebda’s Letter to the Faithful (en Español):
The bishops do realize that there are reasons why a Catholic might continue to have a dispensation from the Sunday obligation, including when he or she is ill, serving as caretaker for one who cannot attend Mass, or required to quarantine. These faithful who do not attend Mass in person are asked to find a Mass on TV, the radio or online and make a Spiritual Communion. Where that is not an option, it would be appropriate to pray the Liturgy of the Hours or the Rosary. But for most of us, it is time to return to worshipping with others and receiving Holy Communion.
While livestreaming, watching Mass on TV, and listening to it on the radio have been suitable ways to celebrate the Lord’s Day when we could not come together in person and will continue to have their place when necessary, they lack one key piece: Jesus Himself. During the holy sacrifice of the Mass, Jesus Christ becomes truly present in the Eucharist. The bread and wine are not simply signs that lead us to Christ, but completely transform into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.
Stay home if you or household member is sick: Anyone who feels sick, has an unexplained cough, or has a fever must stay at home. Anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19, who has any symptoms of Covid-19 including loss of taste or smell, and anyone living with someone who has tested positive or is symptomatic, must quarantine for 14 days. All parishioners should continue to follow hygienic practices both at home and church by washing or sanitizing their hands often, avoiding touching their faces, and covering coughs and sneezes. Hand sanitizer is available at the entrances and where Holy Communion is distributed.
These are St. George’s current policies:
- MASKING: Starting 5/22, masks are not required, according to direction from the Office of Worship, “Those fully vaccinated are not at significant risk for contracting or spreading the coronavirus and need no longer wear facemasks” except in places where it is legally mandated — Long Lake does not have a local mask mandate. “Those not vaccinated are safer if they continue to wear masks” but are not required to do so. “Individuals who are more comfortable wearing a facemask may continue to do so.” Eucharistic Ministers will continue to wear masks when they distribute communion.
- DISTANCING: Starting May 29/30, barriers were removed from the main section of pews in the church, as well as on the north part of the choir side. To allow those who are more comfortable continuing to distance, the barriers will remain on the west side of the church. We will also maintain the divider down the middle of the choir side pews since we are still required to maintain a 12 foot distance between our music ministry and congregants.
- WEEKDAY MORNING MASSES, Tuesday-Friday: Starting on June 1st, morning Masses at 8:30am will resumed the four-day schedule in the chapel.
- CONFESSIONS IN THE CONFESSIONAL: Starting on June 1st, Reconciliation will no longer take place in the library but will move back to the Confessional. Reconciliation takes place each Wednesday from 6pm-7pm and each Saturday from 3:00pm-3:45pm.
Communications: All plans and procedures are subject to change — please see our website for the most up-to-date information.
Please click on the link Covid-19 Parish Update page for further resources during this difficult time.
CHURCH OFFICE SUMMER HOURS:
The parish office will be open this summer on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am-12pm and by appointment. Parish staff will be in the office at other times as well, so be sure to send an email or leave a message on the church voicemail so that a staff member can call you back.
The parish will also continue to facilitate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to those who request it. Please contact the pastor, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or parish emergency line: 612-356-2246 to detail the circumstances of the patient or resident and entry requirements to hospital/senior care center. Contact the nurses station to learn how to contact the resident chaplain on duty.
CONTINUED FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Please click here to read an important message from Father Mark Juettner and the Finance Council: Stewardship
We ask that you prayerfully consider continuing to support the parish’s ongoing ministries and operations by mailing in your envelope or setting up electronic donations online. To participate in online giving, click here: Online Giving
We are here to support you spiritually and to provide updated information and resources:
- Watch for emails with current information. If you are not currently receiving emails from us, contact the parish office at email@example.com or 952-473-1247.
- The parish office will continue to produce a weekly bulletin and post it on this website. Bulletins can be found under Our Parish in the menu at the top of the homepage. If you know someone who would cannot access the bulletin online but would like to receive a bulletin, please have that person call the parish office.
- Sign up for Flocknote, a digital communications tool, that the parish is adopting to keep touch in with parishioners. We invite parishioners to join Flocknote for FREE, to receive regular digital communications from the church via email or text, whichever method they choose. You can SIGN UP FOR FLOCKNOTE by texting STG133 to 84576 OR by emailing bookkeeper Lynn Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org and providing your cellphone number and email address OR by clicking on this link: https://ChurchofStGeorge1.flocknote.com/Parishioners
EMERGENCY LINE TO FATHER JUETTNER: To report an after-hours medical emergency and request the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick or to report a death when the office is not open, please call 612-356-2246 and leave a detailed message with a call back number. Google Voice will ask you to state your name and then will connect you with the emergency line voicemail. Leave a detailed message with a call back number so that Father Juettner can call you back.
Mission Statement: We express and embrace the Divine Will in caring for each other, liturgy, Eucharistic Adoration, ministries, stewardship, outreach, social gatherings and prayer.
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Church of St. George
133 North Brown Road
Long Lake, MN 55356
Phone: 952- 473-1247
Emergencies only: 612-356-2246
Covid 19 Response