MASS VIDEO -- Fifth Sunday of Lent -- March 29, 2020
This is a video of the Mass celebrating the Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 29, 2020. (**NOTE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are no people in the church other than Father Francis, Deacon Power, a lector, an altar server and a musician. The prayer for spiritual Communion is:
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You are already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.)
UPDATES AT IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH
DIRECTION FOR ALL THOSE WHO COME TO PRAY
This is a hard time for everyone! The Emergency situation calls for certain discipline from every person. Based upon the Recommendations of our Bishop and the Order of the Governor, we are bound to follow certain guidelines for the greater good of the community.
Our Church remains open from 7:00 am till 4:30 pm on all days of the week. Parishioners are free to come to pray individually in the church.
Parish Office is closed. Employees will have limited hours, but will be getting mail, processing donations and keeping up with the bulletins and website. Phone messages and emails will be answered as quickly as possible.
HERE AT IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH
What is canceled?
All Masses and devotions such as the Stations of the Cross are canceled until further notice.
All Parish gatherings, dinners and events are cancelled until further notice.
What is currently available?
People can come to pray during the hours the Church is open. Please sit in Reserved Areas.
If you need Spiritual Assistance (Confession/Communion/Anointing), please call Fr. Francis at 715-514-1022 or email him at [email protected]
Watch our Parish Website for Up-to-date Information:
Immaculate Conception Mass: Recorded weekly and available on Sunday
Link on Parish Website.
Diocesan Masses: Live Stream Schedule at diolc.org/live
Sunday Mass with Bishop Callahan – 9:30 am Sundays on Channel 18
Sunday Mass in Spanish – 10:30 am Sundays
Daily Mass (Monday-Saturday) from the Cathedral
Mass in English – 8:00 am
Mass in Spanish – 8:30 am
Supporting your Church - Needed as Much as Ever
In good times and bad times, Catholic faithful have supported their church generously. Your Parish needs your generous support to continue. Collections at Weekly Masses are the main source of income. Without weekend Masses, we need to consider alternative options to continuing your contributions to the Church.
- Drop any donation in the mail slot to the left of the Parish Office door.
- Mail in your weekly/monthly offering to 1712 Highland Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701.
- Send payments through your online banking.
- You can sign up for ACH Donations. Please use this link for the ACH Form. It will need to be returned to the Parish Office with a voided check. Please be sure to be clear about which week(s) you would like to donate in the month, and when it should start.
- The Diocese of LaCrosse has made online giving to Immaculate Conception Parish available. Use the link below to make a one-time or recurring donation with your credit or debit card. These donations can stop at any time.
An Emergency Response Team
Many have called me (Fr. Francis) personally and talked about their willingness to reach out to those in need. I am truly grateful to all those who called or sent an email regarding this. It gives me immense joy to know that many in the community are deeply concerned about others. Glad to let you know that an Emergency Response Team headed by Dan Leibham and Patty Usher is in place at the Parish level to meet the material, psychological and spiritual needs of the most vulnerable people and families. I appreciate their generosity.
Share your thoughts and ideas with them as they will be in constant touch with me. If you have ideas to share and willing to be part of the Response Team, please contact them through email or phone:
Dan Leibham 715-225-4532 [email protected]
Patty Usher 715-563-5368 [email protected]
If you are in need of help, or interested in having someone to call and check on you or to chat with, call numbers listed above.
POPE FRANCIS' APPEAL FOR PRAYER
Pope Francis has announced on Sunday that he will preside over a moment of prayer with Eucharistic Adoration in an empty St. Peter’s Square on Friday, March 27, at 6:00 pm in Rome (10 am Pacific Time) in which he will give the Urbi et Orbi blessing, usually reserved for Christmas, Easter or other special occasions.
He invited all Catholics to participate spiritually through the media and noted that all who join in this prayer will have the possibility of receiving a plenary indulgence if they meet the obligations laid out in the decree issued on March 20.
COVID-19: A Prayer of Solidarity
For all who have contracted coronavirus,
We pray for care and healing.
For those who are particularly vulnerable,
We pray for safety and protection.
For all who experience fear or anxiety,
We pray for peace of mind and spirit.
For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public
We pray for policies that recognize their plight.
For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.
For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.
For our brothers and sisters around the world,
We pray for shared solidarity.
For public officials and decision makers,
We pray for wisdom and guidance.
Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
Be with us, Lord.
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A Message from Bishop William Patrick Callahan
In light of the continued concern surrounding spreading the coronavirus COVID-19, and the advice of
medical experts across the country and especially in our State, all public Masses in the Diocese of La
Crosse will be canceled beginning 20 March 2020 until further notice. All fish fries, parish gatherings,
etc. are also canceled.
Please note, however, churches will remain open for private prayer. I am urging the faithful to
remember in their prayers all of our brothers and sisters whose personal lives and the lives of their
families have been affected by this disease. Visit diolc.org/pray to send me your personal prayer
At this point we are hopeful to resume public Mass by 1 May. As you know, these plans and
regulations change every day. Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to shorten this time
frame or any of these regulations. This, of course, is unprecedented in our lives and we rely on the
providence of Almighty God and His Holy Mother. Please stay well and take every precaution to do so.
Be aware of my prayers and my confidence in our protection under the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the
Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Please note that live and prerecorded Sunday Mass is available via https://diolc.org/tvmass,
the diocesan YouTube channel, Facebook, and televised on Channel 18, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
75 Years as a Parish!
In 2020, we celebrate 75 years as a Parish. We are beginning to plan and organize for a year-long celebration.
The Parish Council needs your assistance to make this 75th Jubilee meaningful and successful. See the attachment for the various committees that are being formed, and the sign-up sheet to get involved.
Many hands make light work... and hopefully many great Parish memories!
ACH Donation Form
An ACH deposit form is available for those who do not like envelopes, writing out checks or may be gone on any given Sunday. For the needed form, e-mail the rectory at [email protected], click here for the form*, or find it on in the information wall display in Father Klink Hall.
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Facebook & YouTube
Immaculate Conception Parish has a Facebook page! Check it out at www.facebook.com/iccatholicchurch. You can get information on upcoming events, Mass times and special intention listings, a weekly roster for lectors, servers and Communion ministers and special announcements. In its first four years, the Facebook page has nearly 750 "likes" and has thousands more following it from across the nation and around the world!
Immaculate Conception Parish also has its own YouTube channel! We record one Mass every regular weekend and more often if it is a holiday season, such as Christmas or Easter. You can go to the YouTube main page and type in the search box "Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish Eau Claire" to be taken to the IC YouTube page and view the Masses there. The Masses are also downloaded onto this main website under the "Mass Video/Audio" tab and on our Facebook page, whose address is listed above.
FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED
For those attending Mass at Immaculate Conception Church that may be hearing impaired, the church's audio/video system has the capability to enhance the audio for those wearing hearing aids. For better audio reception during Mass, please activate the T-Coil setting on your hearing aid. Also available are receivers that can pick up the audio signal. These are similar to a Walkman radio in that a person can put on the headphones, turn on the receiver and be able to listen to the audio of the Mass. If you are interested in using one of the receivers during Mass, please let one of the ushers know and they can get you a receiver to use.
Diocese of LaCrosse Guidelines for Reporting Instances of Child Abuse or Neglect
The Diocese of La Crosse through its policies and procedures seeks to provide a prompt, appropriate and compassionate response to reporters of sexual abuse of a child by a priest or deacon. Anyone wishing to make a report of an allegation of sexual abuse should send that report to the diocesan Bishop at the Diocese of La Crosse, P.O. Box 4004, La Crosse, WI 54602-4004. The form is available through the Diocese of La Crosse, Office of the Vicar for Clergy or on the diocesan website at http://www.dioceseoflacrosse.com/safe-environment/.
Copies of the diocesan policy are available through your local parish or school and on the diocesan website. If you have any questions about the Diocese of La Crosse and the implementation of the Charter for the Protection and Children and Young People, please contact the Vicar for Clergy, Diocese of La Crosse, at (608) 788-7700.
Wednesday - No masses through January 2020
Saturday - No Masses through January 2020
Mondays & Tuesdays at 7:00am
Tuesday 4:45pm - 5:15pm
Saturday 7:45am & 3:30pm
First Fridays 7:45am - 9:00am
Friday 11:00am (Unless there is a funeral scheduled. Please check under upcoming events)
Saturday 5:00pm (Before evening Mass)
Sunday 8:00am (Before morning Mass)
Every week day during May & October at 11:00am
DEVOTION TO OUR MOTHER OF
Saturday after morning mass
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
First Friday's 7:30am - 8:30am
Third Wednesday's 6:30pm - 7:30pm
NEW YEARS MASS TIMES:
December 31st, 5:30pm
January 1st, 9:00am
- Julie Herman, Office Staff
- Deb Welch, Parish Secretary
- Linda Corey, Director of Religious Education; Confirmation Coordinator
- Barbara Brandner, Religious Education Pre-School to Grade 5 Coordinator
- Mary J Chatham, Religious Education Administrative Assistant
- Shawn Muench, Director of Music; Director of 8:30 and 10:30 am and Funeral Choirs
- Gabby and Kyle Hanson, Directors of Youth Choir (Grades 7-12)