St. Mary’ s Immaculate Conception Parish
MARCH 29, 2020
5th Sunday of Lent
7176 Esker Road, Custer, WI 54423
Parochial Administrator -
Fr. Alan Guanella (715) 592-4221
In case of emergency only please call
Senior Priest in Residence
Fr. Roy Witucki
CCD Coordinator-Jessica Bielen
Parish Mission Statement
St Mary’s Parish is a practicing Catholic Community
providing spiritual, social and educational opportunities
for all God’s people that we may deepen our love of God
and one another through prayer and deed.
During this time of cancellation of all public Masses,
the following intentions will be offered during Father
Guanella’s private Masses.
Tuesday, March 31 – †Edward Drefcinski by Family
Wednesday, April 1 – †Conroy, Frances, Felix & Regina
Soik by Myron Soik Family
3:30-5:30 pm @ Sacred Heart - Confessions
Thursday, April 2 – †Linda Konkol by Richard Konkol
First Friday, April 3 – †Dominic & Tillie Mansavage,
Donald & Verna Woyak by Elsie & Family
Saturday, April 4 – †Bluma Family by Bluma Family
2:30-4 pm @ Sacred Heart - Confessions
Sunday, April 5 –
†Marcie Rozek by Family
COVID-19: A Prayer of Solidarity For all who have contracted coronavirus, We pray for care and healing.
For those who are particularly vulnerable, We pray for safety and protection. For all who experience fear
or anxiety, We pray for peace of mind and spirit. For affected families who are facing difficult decisions
between food on the table or public safety, We pray for policies that recognize their plight. For those who
do not have adequate health insurance, We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone. For those
who are afraid to access care due to immigration status, We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity
of all. For our brothers and sisters around the world, We pray for shared solidarity. For public officials and
decision makers, We pray for wisdom and guidance. Father, during this time may your Church be a sign
of hope, comfort and love to all. Grant peace. Grant comfort. Grant healing. Be with us, Lord. Amen.
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Weekly Financial Support
March 22, 2020
Total: $ 823.00
Envelopes $ 773.00
Building Fund $ 50.00
Will be heard at
Sacred Heart only
Wednesdays 3:30- 5:30pm
Saturdays 2:30 - 4:00pm.
NOTE: Confessions will now
be heard through the screen
door of the east rectory porch.
Please look for sign.
Mass Readings for the Week of
Sunday: Ez. 37:12–14; Ps. 130;
Rom. 8:8–11; Jn. 11:1–45
Monday: Dn. 13:1–62; Ps. 23;
Tuesday: Nm. 21:4–9; Ps. 102;
Wednesday: Dn 3:14–20, 91–
95; Dn. 3:52–56; Jn. 8:31–42
Thursday: Gn. 17:3–9; Ps. 105;
Friday: Jer. 20:10–13; Ps. 18;
Saturday: Ez. 37:21–28;
Jer. 31:10–13; Jn. 11:45–56
Sunday: Is. 50:4–7; Ps. 22;
Phil. 2:6–11; Mt. 26:14–27:66
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Sunday Mass online at 11AM at:
Watch Sunday Mass on TV on
Public Access Cable Channel 984 at
Noon and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
EWTN broadcasts Mass daily and
online at video.ewtn.com/daily-
mass Relevant Radio broadcasts
Mass at 7:30PM every day and also
at 9:00AM on Sundays.
Dear Friends in Christ,
These trying and uncertain times continue to affect us all. Public Masses continue
to be suspended but please remember that I am saying Mass privately for the
parishes’ intentions. I am also required to say Mass on each Sunday for the people
entrusted to my care. I have moved these “Masses for the people” to Mondays,
since I have no intentions scheduled on those days. The important thing to
remember is that I am saying Mass and praying for you all. Confessions are heard
Sacred Heart on Saturdays from 2:30–4:00pm and on Wednesdays from 3:30–
5:30pm. NOTE: Confessions will now be heard through the screen door of
the east rectory porch. Please look for a sign.
With the Wisconsin “Safer at Home” order, religious facilities and entities can
remain open. Hence, our churches are still open for private prayer. However, if
you feel sick at all or have been near anyone who is sick, it is better to stay home.
We must all work together to stop the spread of this virus. Most parish business
can be handled either by telephone or via the mail. Do not hesitate to contact the
parish via telephone if you have any questions.
A priest never relishes the idea of talking about money, but . . . While public
Masses are suspended, our parishes’ bills are not. Please continue to send in your
weekly offering via the mail to the parish or use ACH direct debits. You can also
drop off your offering in the collection boxes in church. The diocese has set up a
system for you to use your credit or debit card to donate to the parish at
www.diolc.org/immaculate-conception-custer. However, there is a 3% reduction
to the parish for processing fees. I encourage you to mail in or drop off your
offering—but any way you contribute is greatly appreciated and helpful.
As public Masses continue to be suspended, I continue to encourage you to
participate in Mass via the Internet, TV, or radio. Both Magnificat
(www.magnificat.com/free) and Give Us This Day (www.giveusthisday.org) have
opened up their online issues during this time. I highly encourage you follow
along in one these resources or to read the scripture readings from your Bible. As
a family, I recommend praying daily the shorter morning, evening, and night
prayers out of these resources. Praying the Rosary and Chaplet together as a
family is also highly recommended. As you participate in Mass virtually, make a
“Spiritual Communion.” Another form of the Spiritual Communion prayer is
Finally, FORMED (called “the Catholic Netflix”) has opened up their online
video library for free for the next forty days. You can connect with your faith via
iOS, Android, desktop, connected TV, or Xbox. After 40 days, you will be
charged $9.99/month; however, you can cancel anytime. Visit www.formed.org/
faithathome to sign up. There are many good videos in their library.
As I said last week, we continue to press on during these uncertain times. Know
that I am praying for you all daily, especially during my private Masses. Stay at
home if at all possible, wash your hands, remain healthy, and may God bless you!
Another Act of Spiritual Communion: O Jesus, I turn toward the holy tabernacle
where You live hidden for love of me. I love you, O my God. I cannot receive you
in Holy Communion. Come, nevertheless, and visit me with Your grace. Come
spiritually into my heart. Purify it. Sanctify it. Render it like unto Your own. Lord,
I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and
my soul shall be healed. Amen.