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Gov. Evers says drive-up church services OK under Safer at Home

Outdoor Mass at Sacred Heart Parish in Cashton WI
Under Gov. Tony Evers' Safer at Home order, churches and religious services are considered essential. However, all gatherings in a room or confined space must be limited to 10 people or fewer at a time. CLICK HERE to find out what the order means for you.

The governor says churches can hold services the following ways:

• Parking lots with congregants staying in cars, avoiding person-to-person contact;
• Streaming online; and
• Having small gatherings (fewer than 10 people in each room) with multiple services.

Some churches are offering virtual services. Contact your church to learn more about alternative Easter worship opportunities.
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Holy Week in the Domestic Church

And email yesterday afternoon from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee informed me that it has posted website links to Resources for Holy Week including download of "Holy Week in the Domestic Church: An At-Home Guide for Individuals and Families", and information about "Masses & Liturgies" providing times and links for television broadcasts and live streaming of Archdiocesan Holy Week celebrations.

Was Dorothy Day a Saint or a Subversive?

Karen Armstrong reviewed Dorothy Day: Dissenting Voice of the American Century, by John Loughery and Blythe Randolph, at The New York Times.

"In March 2000, 20 years after her death, the Vatican began a stringent examination of Dorothy Day’s life to prove that she had demonstrated the 'heroic virtue' that qualifies a Catholic for sainthood; this process is ongoing." ...

Aquinas 101

If you've ever been even a little bit curious about the teachings of Saint Thomas Aquinas, and happen to recently been finding yourself with a bit more time on your hands, the Thomistic Institute offers this free video course.

Mario Hiriart is declared “venerable”

Not exactly news, since it was reported by Pamela Fabiano and Maria Fischer a month ago at Schoenstatt. Venerable Mario Hiriart Pulido was "a lay person born in Santiago de Chile (Chile) on 23 July 1931 and who died in Milwaukee (United States) on 15 July 1964." Here's some additional background from Rome Reports.

He was in Milwaukee when he died on a visit to Schoenstatt founder Father Joseph Kentenich, a Pallottine priest, who had been "exiled" here by his religious order. (see Fr. Kentenich's Wikipedia entry)

Archdiocese of Milwaukee suspension of public Masses extended through April 3rd

An email today from Archbishop Listecki includes,
"Effective Wednesday, March 18, I am suspending the public celebration of Masses throughout the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, through Friday, April 3. This includes weekday and Sunday Masses. I ask that priests still celebrate Mass in their parishes, without an assembly, including the Sunday “pro populo” Masses as required by canon law.

"...Schools are discontinuing face-to-face instruction this week and Religious Education programs should also stop for the time being. All of these measures will be re-evaluated on April 1, with additional communication at that time."

Elm Grove's School Sisters of Notre Dame historic church and convent to be converted into apartments

A historic Elm Grove church and convent is being sold to a local development firm that plans to convert much of that space to apartments.

Mandel Group Inc. has agreed to buy the School Sisters of Notre Dame complex, it was announced Monday. The 30-acre property is at 13105 Watertown Plank Road.

Mandel has done some preliminary work on plans to redevelop the site, but hasn't yet determined how many apartments could be built there, said Dan Romnek, a development associate at the firm.
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Also BizTimes: Mandel to buy, redevelop School Sisters of Notre Dame’s Elm Grove campus

La Crosse Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration to discontinue perpetual adoration after 142 years

For nearly a century and a half, for every hour of every day, 24/7, members of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration have said prayers in their chapel in La Crosse.

Next month, that will change.

The sisters have announced that after a dozen years of study and reflection, they will begin to cut back their prayer ritual to 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily.
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Watching the death of this once glorious order is tragic and heartbreaking.  Since 1997 the sisters have been assisted by the laity to continue around the clock adoration.  I was at one point a member of that program.  A group of sisters left this order to found the Franciscans of the Eucharist in 1973 and have been on a different trajectory both in theology and growth.