May 25, 2021
Dear parishioners and friends of Gesu,
Beginning Sunday, June 6, 2021, Gesu will relax many of our current COVID protocols. This is in keeping with current Milwaukee County Health Department and Archdiocesan guidelines. More specifically:
- There is no need to register for Sunday Masses (8 am and 10:30 am).
- Hand sanitizer and facemasks will be provided by the parish.
- All doors to the church will be open for entrance and exit.
- Those who are fully vaccinated need not wear a facemask.
- Those who are not fully vaccinated should wear a facemask.
- You are invited to seat yourselves and space yourselves as you deem necessary.
- Communion will be by one species (the Precious Body) and will be received by hands alone.
- A collection will be taken up at Offertory time.
- MU students who remain on campus are welcome to worship with us.
- Gesu will live-stream the Sunday 10:30 am Mass for the near future.
Our weekend Mass schedule is 8 am and 10:30 am on Sundays. There will not be a 5 pm Anticipatory Mass on Saturday, as we have 1 pm and 4 pm Saturday weddings.
Our weekday Mass schedule is Monday-Friday at noon in the upper church. The 7 am Mass will return in the fall. Most of the practices listed above apply to our weekday Masses.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered, beginning Monday, June 7th. The schedule is Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4:00-5:15 pm in the lower church. You may also make an appointment with Fr. Matt or me by calling the parish office at 414-288-7101.
Thank you for your participation and patience as we adjust to these changes.
Fr. Jim Flaherty, SJ
Please note: the above changes will take effect on June 6th. Until then, the following still applies:
Registration cutoff for the 8am Sunday Mass will be at 8am on the Thursday prior. Similarly, cutoff for the 11am Sunday Mass will be at 11am the Thursday prior. This automatic cutoff will be begin on Thursday, September 10.
MU students - please note: Campus Ministry is asking that you attend ONLY Sunday Masses that are sponsored by Campus Ministry. See the Campus Ministry Website for Mass times. Thank you for your cooperation!
Click here for this week's Order of Worship.
You may print the worship aid directly from here - please be sure to take it with you when Mass is over. Please also note that you must refresh the Gesu homepage to load the updated Order of Worship for the week.
To keep up-to-date with Archdiocesan statements, refer to this page.
If you have questions about your upcoming wedding, please see our weddings page.
Fr. Matt Walsh, S.J. is currently offering reflections on the day's scripture on Monday's, Wedensdays, and Friday's. 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.