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as of 7/26/20

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Status of Operations at Christ King and Saint Bernard Parishes


as of July 26, 2020
 
 
 
Celebrating Mass at Christ King and Saint Bernard Parishes
 
Daily and Sunday Masses at Christ King and Saint Bernard Parishes are celebrated publicly, with modifications unique to our parishes. 
 
 
Sunday Masses
  • Saturdays: 4:00 p.m. at both Christ King and Saint Bernard
  • Sundays: 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at both Christ King and Saint Bernard
 
Daily Masses
 
Daily Masses are celebrated five days/week at various times to meet the differing schedules of individuals. The daily Mass is celebrated at either Christ King or Saint Bernard, depending on the day:
  • Mondays: 8:15 a.m. at Saint Bernard
  • Tuesdays: 5:30 p.m. at Saint Bernard, followed by Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Wednesdays: 7:00 a.m. at Christ King
  • Thursdays: 8:00 a.m. at Christ King
  • Fridays: 12:00 noon at Christ King
 
Liturgical Adaptations as of Summer 2020
  • Capacity is limited to 140 at Saint Bernard and 270 at Christ King for all celebrations (25% of capacity). No advance reservation is necessary. All are welcome. 
  • You may enter or exit through any door which is open.
  • While hand sanitizer is available, please bring your own if you wish to use it.
  • In order to accommodate different relationships and situations, there are no markings on the floor; you are responsible for keeping sufficient distance from others in seating and movement. Some pews are restricted. 
  • Liturgical and hospitality ministers are restricted in number to reduce interpersonal contact. 
  • Some liturgical modifications are in place. For example, the Precious Blood is not available to the assembly. The fullness of Jesus Christ is present in the Body and Blood, whether one or both is received. While the Sign of Peace remains, there is no physical sign of peace, in accord with existing liturgical options in the Roman Missal.
  • Congregational singing is limited in quantity.
  • At the end of Mass, we ask all to leave the church immediately to allow for cleaning. Feel free to visit outside the building. The celebrant will not greet congregants before or after Mass.
  • Those who wish to receive the Blessed Sacrament on the tongue are asked to present themselves at the end of the line. 
  • When possible, doors will be kept open during Mass to allow more fresh air, rather than recirculated air. Prepare for warm or cool drafts and temperatures during celebrations. 
  • Those who are sick or at high risk of contracting or passing on infectious diseases are asked to refrain from attending public celebrations. The Sunday obligation all Catholics hold is legitimately dispensed for an individual who has a well-founded barrier from attending Mass on a Sunday or Holy Day of Obligation.
 
Update on Mass Intentions
 
A time-honored devotion in the Church has been to offer a “Mass Intention” for a person, living or dead. Once requested, a Mass is offered with a special intention for the person noted. And one Sunday Mass is always offered pro populo (“for the people” of the parishes). There is never a charge for the sacraments, but a $10 donation to the work of the Church is traditional when an intention is requested. At the same time, it is important to remember that we pray for all the living and dead at every Mass.
 
When public Masses were shut down, both parishes had intentions allocated for most days of the year. While Fr. Will and Fr. Phillip fulfilled many intentions at their private Masses, a significant backlog exists (for example, they often celebrated one private Sunday Mass, yet there were additional intentions for individual Saturday/Sunday Masses).
 
In order to catch up, and in accord with a revised daily Mass schedule, it will take some time to fulfill these obligations. Because of this, we are not able to accept new intentions until at least October 1. If existing intentions are fulfilled sooner, or later, a note in the bulletin will advise all of this fact. Thank you for your understanding and your support of the Church.  
 
 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Tuesdays 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Saint Bernard (interrupted for Mass from 5:30-6:00 p.m.)
 
Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. at Christ King
  • Saturdays: 3:00 p.m. at Saint Bernard (ends by 3:40 to prepare for Mass)
  • Tuesdays: 6:00 p.m. at Saint Bernard
*The priest will depart after the last penitent has completed, so arrive near the start time. 
 
 
Personal Prayer and Reflection
 
Both Christ King and Saint Bernard are open for personal prayer and reflection Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
 
 
Funerals 
 
Funeral homes should call one of the parish priests directly (Saint Bernard 414-258-4320 or Christ King 414-258-2604) in the event of a death.
 
 
Weddings
 
Newly engaged couples should contact Director of Liturgy, Maggie Pernice at 414-258-2604 as soon as possible to start the process of marriage preparation and scheduling. The couple will then contact one of the parish priests directly to continue the process.  Weddings already scheduled and uncertain of the form of celebration due to COVID-19 should contact the parish priest preparing them to discuss. 
 
 
Baptisms
 
Baptisms are celebrated on particular Saturdays and Sundays during Mass or after the last Sunday Mass. Contact the Saint Bernard (414-258-4320) or Christ King (414-258-2604) office to start the process in scheduling a baptism. Baptisms are celebrated along with other families desiring a baptism, due to the large number of baptisms at our parishes. Classes are required but may not be currently available due to COVID-19 related changes and restrictions. 
 
 
Anointing of the Sick
 
Contact one of the parish priests as soon as possible to celebrate this sacrament. 
 
 
Parish Schools
 
Christ King Parish School and Wauwatosa Catholic School plan to operate in person for the 2020-2021 academic year for K3-8th grade formation. Some modifications may occur. 
 
To schedule a tour or to enroll, contact the principal at each school. 
 
Formation Programs for Children and Youth
 
Formation and sacramental preparation for children and youth will occur in 2020-2021 in person, with potential adaptations for video/remote formation and support to families. Contact Sam El-Azem (Children) at 414-258-2604 or Sarah Daszczuk (Youth and High School) at 414-258-2604 to engage in these programs. 
 
Note: Sam El-Azem is on maternity leave until August, 2020. Speak to the parish office about options for formation for children. 
 
 
Parish Offices
 
Both parish offices are open to the public but with advance notice. Mail and contributions are checked regularly. Emails and voicemails are checked regularly. Thank you for your patience in our reply. 
 
 
Other Parish Programs and Ministries 
 
Other parish programs and ministries are either suspended or on hold pending restrictions related to COVID-19 as well as reevaluation by the parishes.
 
 
Support
 
The continuation and growth of parish ministries and outreach is entirely dependent on the voluntary stewardship of parishioners and friends of the parishes. COVID-related shutdowns are impacting the parishes. Please consider gifts to help the important mission of the parishes to make our communities and the world a better place through discipleship to Jesus Christ. Online giving is available at links on the front pages of each parish website.
 
Keep in Touch!
 
The parishes are primarily communicating by a Friday email. Click the links below to be added to the lists:
 
Questions?
 
Please contact us! We are happy to clarify and help you as we can. Please be in touch with specific questions, and we will do our best to reply as soon as we can. 
 
 
Know of our prayers for you. Let us know how we can assist you. 
 
Very Reverend Phillip Bogacki, Pastor
Christ King and Saint Bernard Parishes
 
and
 
Reverend Will Arnold, Associate Pastor
Christ King and Saint Bernard Parishes
 
 

 

 

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