Welcome to St. Alphonsus Church!
Bishop Kihneman reminds all the faithful of the diocese that the Sunday obligation to attend Mass is suspended until further notice. No one is obligated, by church law, to attend Mass during this time. We encourage the sick and those with serious underlying health concerns to stay at home.
Weekday Masses (Monday – Friday) are celebrated at 6:30 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. Saturday 8:15 a.m.
Weekend Masses are celebrated at 4:00 p.m. for the Saturday Vigil; Sunday Masses are celebrated at 7:30 a.m.; 9:00 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.; and 5:30 p.m. A Spanish Mass is celebrated at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Due to the limited space, we may not be able to seat all parishioners in the Church. If needed, we will stream the Mass live in the Parish Hall for the overflow. All Masses will also be streamed live on Facebook for those individuals that are not able to join us in the church building.
We are asking all parishioners to enter through the front doors unless you are handicapped. The handicapped entrance door is on the south side of the building. All other doors will be locked. We encourage you to keep the appropriate 6 feet distance between each other as we enter the church building and return to our vehicles. There should be no groups gathering before or after Mass, and refrain from shaking hands or hugging other parishioners. Hand sanitizer dispensers have been provided near each entrance of the church for your convenience.
It is important for you to cooperate with the ushers as they assist you. Not all normal seating will be available. Families of three will be allowed to sit together, but larger families may have to sit in front or behind each other. The first few pews will be reserved for the handicapped. To help prevent double contamination, once you are seated, Do Not move to another pew.
In an effort to meet the required CDC guidelines, you will observe rope across the entrances of every other pew to provide appropriate distancing among each family. Please do not remove or undo the rope. Masks are required for all individuals over the age of two years old and will be provided for anyone in need for your safety and the safety of others. The ushers will have masks at the door entrances.
A basket will be placed at each entrance for you to place your offertory collections on your way into the Church. The ushers will not take up a collection during Mass. You may also use the online giving and direct payments. Forms, for direct debit through our bank Hancock-Whitney, are available under Forms & Applications. If you need assistance with online payments, please call the church office.
The Eucharist will be distributed by the priest and deacon. An extraordinary minister will be used when the deacon is not present or for the overflow areas. You will be directed to move your mask down below your chin before consuming the host and return the mask over your mouth and nose directly after consumption. If you are in need of a blessing you will not have to remove your mask.
The Church will be sanitized after each Mass. We are in need of additional individuals and/or families to help sanitize the Church. If you are able to help, please see an usher after Mass.
We will print a limited amount of bulletins at this time. You will continue to be able to view the bulletin on the parish app or website. If you need assistance, call the church office during regular business hours.
Remember, if you have had the virus, you should go 14 days without symptoms or 2 negative tests before you return to Mass.
It will take the full cooperation of all our parishioners to make the gradual reopening process work.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we journey through the celebration of being reunited with our church family.
Our Parish App is one great way to help make the liturgical season more present in your daily life. Helpful reflections will aid you in reflecting on the Mass readings each day. Also – under FORMED, you will be able to stream hundreds of hours of inspiring movies and video series, read bestselling Catholic eBooks, and listen to audio presentations from the Church’s most compelling speakers and is available from virtually any device…anytime, anywhere. Don’t have the App or FORMED yet? If you have either an iPhone or Android smart phone you can download the App by texting App to phone number 88202, or by visiting myparishapp.com. To gain access to FORMED – go to the website at www.formed.org and enter our Parish Code f1f5a9 (case sensitive) on the homepage, create an account with your user name/email and password.
St. Alphonsus Parish is a Catholic community, called to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ; and we welcome all to join us. We fulfill this Call by our worship of God, our witness to one another and to the world, and by our service to all those in need. Our goal is to affirm the individual gifts in people of all ages so that they may continue to grow in their faith and be ministers of the Gospel…One with God and one another.