Confirmation for St. Nicholas, St. Anne’s, Holy Cross and St. Wendelin HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED to Tuesday, May 11th at 7:00 pm. Students and Sponsors will need to be in the Church Basement by 6:15 pm that evening.
These 3 young people received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Tuesday, October 27th. Please welcome them as adult members of our community! Michael Bautch, Sarah Kraemer and Jonathan Gathje
“Pick a person a day . . . ”
A year ago, at the start of the pandemic, the famed cellist Yo Ma began posting videos he recorded at his home during the lockdown. With no ornamentation or accompaniment, he performed Antonin Dvorak’s “Going Home” as his first posting. That video has been viewed over 400,000 times.
“Going Home” became one of many early offerings in Ma’s #SongsofComfort project that has now spread across six continents and spurred an internet phenomenon, with musicians around the world and from every genre from rock to opera posting contributions.
Some of Ma’s recordings have come with dedications, such as his recording of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3 for health care workers: “Your ability to balance human connection and scientific truth in service of us all gives me hope,” he wrote. He posted Albinoni’s Adagio in G Minor with the simple caption: “For those grieving.”
Yo Yo Ma has posed this challenge to every musician and artist who owns a phone:
“Practice the one-on-one principle because as a musician, your job — our job — is to actually move one person at a time. So pick a person that you know, or maybe you don’t know . . . that may need what you do as a service. Maybe it’s someone who’s healthy, maybe someone who’s ill, maybe it’s a child who has been stuck at home. Pick what you think is the right thing to play for them. Make it personal, because [music] is always personal, and record it with a little message and send it to them . . .
The effectiveness of the one-on-one relationship, Ma believes, is the “first principle” of music and science — and everything of value and meaning:
“That’s how we rebuild our humanity,” Ma says. “So create the value of that one-on-one idea: for each musician, for each actor, for each poet, for each artist to say, Pick a person. Pick a person a day.”
[Beyond the Canvas, PBS, July 29, 2020.]
Such empathy, such awareness of the struggle of others, is at the heart of today’s Gospel. Loving as Christ has loved us begins by putting aside our own hopes and wants to help realize the hopes and wants of others; by caring for and about others with selflessness and understanding, regardless of the sacrifice demanded of us; by readily making the first move to forgive and to heal, no matter how undeserving. May we realize the powerful sense of resurrection we can bring about by embracing the spirit of Christ’s love in our lives and the lives of others.
The Bishop has requested each parish to implement safety precautions and they must be approved by the Bishop before we can have public Masses again. The list has been submitted to the Bishop after discussion at the Parish Council meeting on May 11th. Here is a list of some things you may see:
* Pews will be marked where you can sit in family groups. Ushers will seat you.
* There will be hand sanitizer you will be asked to use before & after Mass
* There will be no missellettes for the time being
* There will be no Mass Servers or Extraordinary Ministers
* Ushers will tell you when to go to communion or leave the Church
* The Church will be sanitized after Mass
* We ask that you practice social distancing when entering, leaving, and during communion procession
* We ask that you not gather at the back of Church after Mass
Dave & Brook made a video of them praying the Stations of the Cross. Please click on the link to pray along with them!