Bishop Callahan would like to update everyone on the recent request from the WI Attorney General to the 5 dioceses of our state. More info at: https://diolc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Ltr-of-June-16-2021-WI-Attorney-General-request.pdf. Some copies of the letter are in the back of church. Additional copies available upon request. You may also read the letter here: WAG Update Ltr June 16 2021.
Two options for ONLINE CONTRIBUTIONS available here - https://diolc.org/annunciation-of-the-blessed-virgin-mary-parish-viroqua/ - may make a single gift or set up a reoccurring donation which can be ended at any time.
Masking is being encouraged by Vernon County for any indoor gatherings even if people are vaccinated. I will begin wearing my mask for Communion again this week. Please visit this website for more info: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view. Counties with a high (red) or substantial (orange) level of transmission are encouraged to mask indoors.
We are also in need of a person or two to direct decoration at our church. In the past this work was always done by one or more volunteers. We are able to pay for this needed help though too. Please give our church office a call (608-637-7711) if you are interested or know of someone with decorating skills whom you would recommend. Our decorator(s) need not be Catholic, but familiarity with the Christian tradition would be helpful. Thank you!
Next weekend, October 16 - 17 the Sacrament of Anointing will be offered at Masses. The Sacrament is available for anyone seeking healing in body, mind, or spirit. People of any age are welcome to come up for the Anointing. Directions will be offered during Mass.
Parish Office Closed October 18-22, 2021. Church open for services and by appointment.
St. Mary’s Fall Turkey Dinner – October 20, 2021 – 4 – 7 PM; turkey with all the trimmings and homemade pie; quilt raffle. All are welcome! Everyone's help is needed to make this happen - signup sheets are in the atrium. Thank you!
The Quilt Raffle tickets are here! Someone will be in the atrium handing them out. We are asking each family to take a book and either buy them or try to sell them. Please put the ticket stubs and money in an envelope and either drop them in the collection or hand them to the person who is standing in the atrium or turn them in the night of the dinner by 6:30 PM. Thank you for your support!
Sunday November 14th, our 10:30 celebration will be a Children's Mass. Sign-ups for the various helpers are in the Atrium this weekend.
Due to lack of space for socially-distanced classrooms, we will be offering Wednesday evening Mass at 6:30 PM instead of RE classes. As events change, so will the plan. Masses may be tailored to grade levels, but everyone in the family is welcome. Masks are required unless exempted per Governor Evers' Emergency Order. RE Mass will also be offered on our Facebook page.
God has chosen to save us not as individuals but as members of a community of faith. For this reason, the faithful who wish to receive the sacraments Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation are to be registered members of St. Mary's Parish. ALL are welcome to attend services and celebrate the Eucharist at St. Mary's!