Bishop Ricken has ordered an unprecedented suspension of the celebration of public Masses in the Diocese of Green Bay, effective this Friday. This includes both weekday and Sunday Masses. That news was followed quickly by Governor Evers' order to suspend all public gatherings of 10 or more people and close all restaurants and bars. Mass will still be offered every day, but with very limited attendance. You are encouraged to plan your Sunday around a televised or live-streamed Mass in order to stay connected with Jesus in the Eucharist.

  • TV:
    • WFRV Local 5 will broadcast Bishop Ricken celebrating Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.
    • WBAY Channel 2 has Sunday morning Mass at 5:30 a.m., and CW14 has Mass at 8:00 am.
    • Cable: EWTN televises Sunday Mass at 7:00 AM, 11:00 AM and 11:00 PM. They have daily Mass at 7:00 AM, 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM. If you don't have cable or satellite, you can watch the live stream on the internet as well.
  • Radio:
    • Sunday Mass is available on Relevant Radio, 1050 AM at 9:00 AM.
    • They have daily Mass as well at 12:00 PM.
  • Internet:
    • The ETWN and Relevant Radio offer live-streaming of the Masses that they broadcast.
    • The Cathedral in Green Bay is promising a live stream of their 9:00 AM Sunday Mass.
    • I will be offering a live stream as well through my Facebook page. Stay tuned for more details.

Right now I feel like I need to lay down for a few minutes until the world stops spinning. For my entire life, the Catholic Church has encouraged people to come to Mass in order to connect with Jesus and one another. We have tried to offer social events to help people connect. We are all feeling disconnected right now and looking for something solid.

Know that your church family has not disappeared. Even though we won't be able to gather and worship together for the time being, we remain connected as members of the Body of Christ. We are all in this together, and we are all suffering together. Mass will continue to be offered for you, even if you cannot attend. We will all continue to pray for each other. God isn't nervous; we shouldn't be worried either. I have confidence that nothing can separate us from the love of God.

Peace and joy in Jesus,
-Fr. Joel

Here are the relevant documents from the Diocese. I suggest you read #3 and #4.

  1. A Letter from Bishop Ricken announcing the suspension of all public attendance at Masses beginning this Friday, March 20
  2. The Official Decree Suspending Public Attendance at Masses
  3. A Press Release with simplified information on this topic
  4. Liturgical Directives
  5. Social Events Directives