Communication is essential as this situation is developing and changing every day. We created this page as a way to relay information about COVID-19 and list resources available to assist those in our community. Remember, we’re all in this together. Let’s continue to support each other and to look out for those in our community who might need extra support during these times. We will be updating our website, Facebook and Twitter pages with new information as the outbreak continues.
St. Matthew Parish Community Update as of 3-30-2020
Effective immediately ALL PUBLIC ATTENDANCE AT MASSES at St. Matthew Parish have been suspended through mid-April. This includes Holy Week, Triduum and Easter.
In accordance with limits set by Governor Evers and the State of Wisconsin and after much discussion, we have decided to cancel all parish Masses, activities, gatherings, and events. Cancellations include but aren’t limited to: Religious Education Preparation, Lenten Night of Mercy, St. Matthew Parish Picnic, Vacation Bible School, YNIA Crop for a Cause Weekend, 3rd Annual Taste of Haiti Dinner, Parish Mission Concert by Amanda Vernon
Parish Office Developments
Parish Office Hours are Monday thru Friday 10:00 am to Noon.
Scrip Sales Canceled
In abundance of caution and respect for the restriction on social gatherings to avoid spreading of COVID-19, we are not selling SCRIP in the parish office. If you have any questions, please let us know. We pray you and your families stay safe and healthy! Joey and Michele [email protected]
Parish Activities Canceled/Postponed
After much discussion, we have decided to cancel or postpone several parish activities in the upcoming weeks. If you have questions about an event, please contact the event host/leader directly.
- Alpha Monday & Tuesday Sessions
- Monthly Holy Hour (fourth Monday of each month)
- Rosary on Tuesday Nights
- Charismatic Prayer on Wednesday Nights
- Lenten Reflection Groups on Thursday Afternoons
- Socials in the Gathering Space after Weekend Mass (both Saturday & Sunday)
- Vacation Bible School 2020 (originally scheduled for June 2020)
- 3rd Annual Taste of Haiti Dinner (originally scheduled for Saturday, April 25th)
- Annual church picnic (originally scheduled for Sunday, June 7th)
Postponed Until Further Notice / To Be Rescheduled
- Parish Mission Concert by Amanda Vernon (originally scheduled for Sunday, March 22nd) Date TBD
- Green Bay Blizzard Feed Your Faith Night (originally scheduled for Sunday, March 29th)
Diocese of Green Bay COVID-19 Response
Bishop David L. Ricken issues dispensation from obligation to attend Sunday Mass due to COVID-19 for next three weekends
DECREE - Dispensation from obligation to attend Sunday Mass Granted to the People of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay
Additional information and resources from the Diocese of Green Bay are available on their website.
Local & National Community News
Message from Bishop Robert Barron Posted 3-17-2020 10:16 am
In recent weeks, the coronavirus outbreak has had a profound impact on countries around the world—and, increasingly, here in the United States. In light of measures being taken to contain the outbreak and avoid further illness, many of us may be hesitant to leave our homes. In many areas, Mass and other church services may not be available.
It is at this exact moment that our faith is most needed. In an effort to continue the practice of our faith in these trying times, I would like to invite you to join us online for daily Mass. Beginning today, Tuesday, March 17, Word on Fire will be offering daily Mass for the foreseeable future. Join me, or Word on Fire CEO Fr. Steve Grunow, right here https://www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass.
If you cannot attend Mass or join us online, I encourage you to read the Gospels, pray with your families, and join yourself to the Eucharist—the source and summit of our Catholic faith—by making an act of spiritual communion like the one recommended by Archbishop Gomez: "I wish, my Lord, to receive you with the purity, humility, and devotion with which your most holy Mother received you, with the spirit and fervor of the saints."
And please continue to pray for all those affected by the coronavirus.
Peace, + Bishop Robert Barron
What You Need to Know About Coronavirus
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website provides a strong overview of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and includes how to protect yourself, what to do if you are sick, resources for the community and more.
USCCB Statements on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
CDC Handwashing Guide
Wisconsin Department of Health Service's Live Report on outbreaks in Wisconsin
Gov. Evers declares public health emergency due to COVID-19
Wisconsin Department of Health Services Guidance on Mass Gatherings