Recent FAQs about Mass and the Parish 9-25-20
- When can I attend Weekend Mass?
You are invited to attend our weekend Masses, offered at the same times as before: Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 7am, 9am, 11am, and 6pm.
- When can I attend Daily Mass?
Daily Masses are offered Monday through Saturday at 8:30am. Join us!
- Can I still livestream Mass?
Absolutely! We are live streaming all of our Masses, daily and weekend.
- Is there a dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass due to Covid?
The Church has always acknowledged, and continues to acknowledge, circumstances which may legitimately excuse someone from attending Mass in person on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. We’d encourage those who are well and feel comfortable to join us in Mass.
- Are masks required? What if I don’t have a mask?
Yes, masks are now required for all Masses. If you do not have a mask, we will provide one for you. Please be mindful that when wearing your mask to cover both your nose and mouth.
- What should I expect at Mass?
Masses will look a little bit different as we continue to follow safety guidelines from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. On weekends, we will have seating available in the church (250 capacity) with overflow seating in the Borromeo Room. Every other pew in the church will be left empty, and chairs will be spaced accordingly in the Borromeo Room to allow for social distancing. Parishioners are asked to be patient and flexible in following the ushers’ directions and maintain social distancing when entering and exiting the parish. Masks are required at all Masses. Worship aids, including music and all parts of the liturgy, are available on our parish website’s homepage. Feel free to view this on your phone or iPad during Mass.
To learn more about what to expect at Mass, please read through our list of procedures.
- May I receive Communion on the tongue?
In addition to receiving Holy Communion in your hands, the Archbishop has allowed Holy Communion to once again be received on the tongue. The Eucharistic minister will be in the center aisle for those who choose to receive on the tongue. The minister will sanitize his hand after distributing to each person.
- Is Little Lambs childcare available during Mass?
Childcare is currently not available during our Masses. We will let you know when it is being offered again.
- What should I do if my infant/child gets fussy during Mass?
You are able to leave church to calm your infant or child. We ask that you comfort your child in the hallway and return to your seat as soon as you are able.
- May I take Communion home to distribute to friends, family, etc.? You may bring a pix with you to Communion to receive a host for your loved one. Please talk to one of the priests with any questions regarding taking Communion home.
- Are priests available after Mass?
Our priests will be on the front porch after Mass has ended. We do ask that all attendees depart as soon as possible so that we can sanitize the church prior to the next Mass. Thank you for your cooperation!
- Are paper bulletins being distributed at Mass?
Yes, only ushers wearing masks and gloves while keeping as much social distance as possible will distribute bulletins upon exit. You may also access our bulletin electronically on our website's homepage.
- Are parish offices open?
Yes, we have a limited number of staff in our parish office at this time. Please contact us Monday-Friday from 8am to 4pm at 262-367-0800 with any questions you may have.
- Am I able to come into the church to pray?
Yes, come and spend time with our Lord! The church is open for private prayer Monday through Friday from 7am to 3:30pm and on Saturdays from 7am to 2pm. Morning Prayer is in the church at 7:30am Monday through Friday and at 8am on Saturdays. The Rosary is prayed Monday through Friday at 8am in the church
- Can I still receive Reconciliation? Can I arrange it with a priest?
Reconciliation is available on Thursday evenings from 5-6pm and every Saturday from 3:30-4:30pm. Please contact the Parish Office at 262-367-0800 to set up an appointment with Fr. Ken or Fr. Nick if you are unavailable at these times.
- Is Eucharistic Adoration being held?
Yes, Eucharistic Adoration is held in the chapel every Friday from 9:15am to 3:30pm. Benediction and closing will be held at 3pm. Eucharistic Adoration will also be available every Monday from 5-7pm in the Chapel. Tuesday Evening Eucharistic Adoration will be in the Chapel from 6:30-8pm. Masks are required.
- Am I able to schedule or attend a baptism, wedding, or funeral?
Yes! Please contact our Parish Office at 262-367-0800 if you would like to schedule a baptism, wedding, or funeral. Please note, though, that there may be restrictions in terms of how many people can attend these events. Currently we may seat the same number of people as at our Masses. Additional family and guests may also participate via livestream on our website.
- Is there anything I can do to help St. Charles?
There are a variety of ways you can help us! First and foremost we ask for your prayers. We are accepting weekly offerings via mail, drop-offs and at Masses. The easiest way to donate is through E-giving on our Parish website. If you are interested in helping local families in need, you are able to drop off non-perishable food items or monetary donations for St. Vincent de Paul in the Parish drop slot in the foyer, located just inside the parish main entrance to the right. Open foyer hours are Monday-Friday from 7am-3:30pm.
- Is the Cornerstone Project still on schedule?
Like so many initiatives in our community and across the country, our Cornerstone building project has been postponed to help keep everyone as safe as possible during this pandemic. We hope to break ground this Fall or Spring. While we know this delay causes some frustration, our committees and staff see this as an opportunity to review each aspect of the construction and look for areas to improve our efficiency that will hopefully result in some savings.