May 19, 2020
Dear parishioners and friends of Gesu,
As you know, Archbishop Listecki has invited parishes to return to the public celebration of the Eucharist on Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2020. The details of this invitation and the directives about such celebrations can be found on the Archdiocesan website (www.archmil.org).
The Archbishop has also suspended the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until July 5, 2020. He knows that not every parish will be able to return to the public celebration of the Mass on May 31st. Each parish is unique in terms of its location, parish membership, as well as material and financial resources.
Considering the current public health conditions (regarding the ongoing persistence and unpredictability of the Covid-19 virus and the danger it poses) Gesu will not offer public celebrations of the Eucharist or Mass until the obligation goes into effect, presumably Sunday, July 5th.
This decision has been made in consultation with the parish leadership, staff, trustees, and council members.
Presuming the Sunday obligation remains in place, Gesu will offer a schedule of public Masses on July 5th. These Masses will respect the very detailed guidelines and directives issued by the Archdiocese. The schedule and details of the directives will be forthcoming, and they will be posted on the Gesu Parish website.
As pastor of Gesu, my primary concern is the safety and wellbeing of all who will join us for the public celebration of the Eucharist, the "source and summit" of the Christian life. No doubt, we have deeply missed opportunities for such celebrations over the past few months, and we have missed one another. But we must also be assured that when we gather for Eucharist, we do so in a manner that is safe and respectful of the public health conditions we currently face.
Given the changing nature of those conditions, this current plan or framework is tentative. We will be in further communication with you as the July 5th date draws near.
Until then, Gesu continues to offer a live streamed Mass at 10 am every Sunday on Facebook, which is made available for viewing on Facebook and YouTube for no fewer than seven days. We also offer two live streamed daily Masses on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon, again on Facebook. These Masses are also made available to view on Facebook and YouTube for no fewer than seven days. Recently, we have begun a series call "Ignatian Moments." Each Wednesday on Facebook and YouTube, my Jesuit brothers and I will share thoughts on various aspects of Ignatian spirituality. We hope you find these offerings enriching and spiritually uplifting, as well as insightful.
As has been our custom, Fr. Matt and I also offer daily audio reflections on the Scripture readings, which are posted on the "Homilies" page of our website.
May God bless you and your families with safety, good health, faith, hope, and courage during these challenging times!
Fr. Jim Flaherty, SJ
To keep up-to-date with Archdiocesan statements, refer to this page.
Our Lenten enrichment series disussion on the "Good Girls, Bad Girls of the Bible" has been posponed until further notice. Please see this link for more information.
Child Formation Classes, K4 through Grade 8 have been cancelled for the remainder of the year. Please see the Formation page for more information.
If you have questions about your upcoming wedding, please see our weddings page.
Gesu is now on YouTube. For the duration of this outbreak, we will be posting weekly Masses there. Click here to be taken to Gesu's YouTube Channel.
Also, until we are able to once again gather as community, Fr. Jim Flaherty and Fr. Matt Walsh will be offering reflections on the day's scripture. They, along with a link to the readings, may be found on the Homilies page.
You may also attend Mass virtually by either viewing the YouTube webcasts on Gesu's YouTube channel, or Masses from the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Here is a link to the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist's YouTube page. You will be able to find this week's Mass, streamed live or archived to view at your convenience.
Beginning March 19 with Archbishop Listecki, the bishops of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee will be offering "Daily Reflections." The Archbishop explains:
"We want to bring a moment of reflection every day...encouraging you, and having you understand the spiritual dimension of the crisis we are going through." Click here to be taken to the Archdioscese of Milwaukee's YouTube channel.
Our St. John Paul II Office of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is offering an at-home day by day resource for Holy Week. This Domestic Church at Home 43 page guide includes Catholic rituals and practical suggestions for your families. Between communal prayers, reflections, hymns, and even movie options, this guide should aid you and your family to dive deep into this most holy of weeks. There's even recipes included! Make sure you get to page 41 for the list of 17 movie suggestions for Holy Week. You can download the at-home guide here, along with the times and television channels for the archbishop's Holy Thursday Mass, Good Friday Passion of our Lord and Easter Sunday celebration.
Here is a message from Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, that you may find helpful.
We are doing our best to keep information regarding this situation up-to-date. Please check back here often for any updates and messages from Gesu Parish. We are also operating with the understanding that this situation is fluid, and that everything is subject to change with little notice. We extend our well-wishes and blessings to all.
An Act of Spiritual Communion
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 were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separate from You.
A Prayer in Times of Pestilence
The Star of Heaven that nourished the Lord drove away the plague of death which the first parents of man brought into the world. May this bright Star now vouchsafe to extinguish that foul constellation whose battles have slain the people with the wound of death.
O most pious Star of the Sea, preserve us from pestilence; hear us, O Lady, for Thy Son honors Thee by denying Thee nothing. Save us, O Jesus, for whom Thy Virgin Mother supplicates Thee.
Verse: Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
Response: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.