A message from Fr. Don Czapla, to the parishioners of St. Matthew
Keeping in line with the efforts taken by the Archdiocese of Dubuque, St. Matthew Parish is taking steps aimed at slowing down the spread of the coronavirus, to flatten the curve, as they say, to avoid overburdening the healthcare system.
- All public celebrations of Holy Mass are cancelled, until further notice. All Catholics in the Archdiocese of Dubuque are dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.
- During this time, Fr. Don Czapla will video record a Mass with no attendance. This Mass will be e-mailed out each Sunday. If you don’t get the St. Matthew Messenger, click (or copy and paste) the following link to sign up: http://www.stmatthewcr.org/parish/2018/06/05/messenger-sign-up/
- Fr. Don Czapla will still celebrate a daily unattended Mass, all Mass Intentions will still be offered. There may be some weekend Mass Intentions that will need to be rescheduled. We will update parishioners when this occurs.
- All meetings and activities are cancelled, until further notice, unless attendees are notified otherwise.
- At this time, the Church will be open for prayer. Please practice social distancing. Hand sanitizer is available at the doors. It is recommended you use it when you come in and when you leave.
- The St. Matthew Messenger will still come out with updates and an electronic version of the bulletin can be found at http://www.stmatthewcr.org/parish/bulletins/.
- This is a fluid situation, we will update you with changes as they arise.
- The Parish Office will be closed to the Public, but you can make an appointment by calling ahead. 319-363-8269
- The Church will be open for prayer during the following times:
Monday thru Friday – 7am to 3pm
Saturday – 2pm to 4pm (confessions can be heard during these hours)
Sunday – CLOSED
Please continue to donate to St. Matthew Parish (if you are able to) at: http://www.stmatthewcr.org/parish/donate/
With the extra time we have been given, let us all take the opportunity to spend more time with God, and pray for our community and our world, for peace and healing. Using the words from the Archbishop, “God, come to our assistance. Lord, make haste to help us. Mary, health of the sick, pray for us. St. Raphael, patron of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, and patron of healing, pray for us.”