Whatever the date will be when we can worship together, it will be like Pentecost!

Dear Parishioners of Divine Mercy and St. Michael,

There has been much going on in the last six weeks. Lent came and Lent went. Archbishop Hebda joined us for Divine Mercy Sunday. Easter came and we are still in the Easter Season until Pentecost. We have been having weddings and funerals with 10 people or less as our guideline. We continue to anoint people who are seriously ill but still can’t enter nursing homes unless it is serious. I am hoping and praying that we are back in worship fully by Pentecost. I was reading today about the government’s plan of opening up churches in phases. I hope that is true. While I know you are with me in Spirit it would be nice to have you in the flesh.

People have been generous in giving to the Church. Revenues have dropped but so have the bills. At Divine Mercy a few people volunteered to reduce their hours to be at home and in order to reduce payroll we reduced other people’s hours for twelve days. With consultation from the Archdiocese, trustees, finance committee and parish council, Divine Mercy applied for the payroll protection plan (ppp) offered by the government and have received it. That means that we can receive help in paying our employees for eight weeks. 75% is to be used to pay employees and 25% to pay utilities. This money will turn into a grant and any extra money not spent from the loan can be given back or kept at 1% interest rate. On Thursday April 23 we called everyone back to full time hours except those who have special circumstances. St. Michael is looking into applying for the loan also.

Looking forward we have been trying to plan on how we can finish first reconciliations, first communions, confirmations, etc.…when restrictions let up we can put together plans and communicate them. They are nothing more than ideas until restrictions are released. If we can celebrate these sacraments and have mass outside with social distancing, that would be great. We have been celebrating confessions outside from 9am until 10am at Divine Mercy, outside. This Saturday we finish up our first confession kids from 10:30am until 11:30am. The kids have been great about coming to confession outside six feet away.

Whatever the date will be when we can worship together, it will be like Pentecost.

Peace, Fr. Cory Rohlfing

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