Updates and Resources Regarding COVID-19

UPDATE: the suspension of the public celebration of Mass will remain in effect through Holy Week and Easter. To see the Archbishop's letter with a complete list of Archdiocesan cancellations, click here.

As of Monday, March 23, and after much input (particularly the recent "stay-at-home" order from the governor), discussion, consultation, and prayer, all Masses, reconciliation, activities, services, meetings, etc., have been suspended until further notice. In addition, all staff has been instructed to follow the stay-at-home directives and work remotely or virtually. Consequently, staff availability continues to be severely limited. In light of this, please use email to contact any staff member until further notice.
We implore everyone to do their part to stay healthy, keep others safe, and flatten the curve. In particular, at this critical time, listen to the experts, stay at home and follow all appropriate recommendations and directions from the federal, state and local government health officials and health departments at this time.
May God watch over and be with all of us during these trying and unprecedented times.

To keep up-to-date with Archdiocesan statements, refer to this page.

SATURDAY MEAL PROGRAM AND SUNDAY BREAKFAST BAGS

In accordance with advice from our public health officials, both the Saturday Meal and Sunday Breakfast Bag Programs have been suspended until further notice.

CLOSURES AND CANCELLATIONS SPECIFIC TO GESU

The sacrament of Reconciliation at Gesu has been temporarily suspended until at least April 15. If you are seeking the graces of this sacrament, please call the parish office to arrange an appointment.
As of Tuesday, March 24, the Archdiocesan 12-hour Day of Reconciliation scheduled for April 1 has been cancelled.

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.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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.

Updates from the Pastor

Dear Parishioners and Friends of Gesu,
Following the recent directive of Archbishop Listecki, Gesu will cancel all public Masses-weekday and weekend-beginning Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, April 3. The Archbishop will reassess that directive before the April date with additional communication at that time. Please check back here to the parish website for additional detail from the Archbishop and updates relative to Gesu. The Gesu Parish staff will continue to serve the parish, working both in the office and remotely. We will be available if you have any needs. Also in light of this, some parishioners have expressed concern regarding intentions for future 7am and 12:05pm daily Masses at Gesu. Please know that Fr. Matt and I are each saying a daily private Mass with those scheduled intentions in mind.
We continue to pray for the safety and well-being of people throughout the world.
May our gracious God bless us with faith, wisdom, courage and hope to find an end to thecurrent COVID-19 pandemic.
Saints of God, pray for us!

In light of the recent cancellation of all public Masses by Archbishop Listecki, some parishioners have expressed concern regarding intentions for future 7am and 12:05pm daily Masses at Gesu. Please know that Fr. Matt and I are each saying a daily private Mass with those scheduled intentions in mind.

Fr. Jim

Prayers

An Act of Spiritual Communion

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 were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separate from You.

Amen

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.

Amen

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