Fr. Chris Bulletin Letters

Oct. 11, 2020

Dear Friends,

           Happy Fall Break to our  students, parents, faculty and staff!  I want to thank you all for the wonderful past few weeks since we started school on August 5th. I appreciate your patience and ability to adapt to these constantly changing times.  It goes to show you what we can do when we stand together as a community. 

As I look at my calendar for the events during the   remainder of October and November, I am both overwhelmed and excited!

May we always remember what Saint Paul writes to the Church in Philippi, and to us, in this weekend’s second reading. “We can do all things in him who strengthens us…To our God and Father, glory forever and ever. Amen.”  

Peace and Blessings,

Father Chris

 

Oct. 3, 2020

 

Dear Friends,

It is good to be back with you after my 14-day quarantine. I tested negative after my first five days of exposure, but the guidelines still required me to quarantine. It is an uncomfortable experience to have to quarantine, for the second time around!!!

This week we will be back in our regular weekday and weekend Mass schedule. A special thank you to Deacon Mike, Pam Deveary, David Carlow, and Judy Gayle for preparing and helping with the communion services.

This coming Friday will be the last day before School Fall break. I wish all our students, faculty, and staff a great fall break. 

St. Paul reminds us this weekend in our second reading,   “ Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

Peace and blessings,

               

Fr. Chris.

 

9/27/2020

Dear Friends,

         I and many members of the Prince of Peace Parish Office staff at 305 West State Street have been exposed to a person who has tested positive with no symptoms to the Coronavirus.  We have been in contact with Dr. Hossler at the Jefferson County Health Department and as a result of our exposure, we are all required for precautionary reasons to quarantine for 14 days.  As Pastor of Prince of Peace Parish, this means that I will be unavailable for pastoral ministry including weekday and weekend Masses through Tuesday, Sept. 29th. The weekends of September 19-20 and September 26-27 there will be Prayer and Communion Services lead by Deacon Mike Gardner at the already regular scheduled Mass times.

This is for precautionary measures until further notice only.  There is no need at this time for those who have visited the parish office or been in contact with parish staff or me to be concerned.

The Prince of Peace Parish Office will be closed until Wednesday, Sept. 30th.  If you need assistance with Pastoral Ministry in my absence, please call me on my cell phone at 812-801-5779 and I will refer you to others that can help you.  You may also email or call Mary Rose Carlow, Parish Administrative Assistant at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 812-701-2468 for parish questions.  If you have Parish or School Business related questions you may email Marty McClure at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call the parish office at 812-265-4166 and she will return your call. 

Please pray for the continued safety and good health of our parish community!

Father Chris Craig

Pastor, Prince of Peace Catholic Church

 

9/20/20

Dear Friends,

Congratulations to our students who will receive their First Communion this Sunday. We have not set the date for First Communion next year but will do so soon. It will most likely take place in late April or early May of 2021. (Since Father published his letter, First communion has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 15 at 1 PM. Letters were sent to parents)

Next Saturday, September 26th, during the 10:00 am Mass, the members of last year’s Rite for Christian Initiation of Adults will formally enter the Church through Baptism, the Profession of Faith, and Confirmation. Congratulations and Welcome to our new members! Here is an update on rescheduled and new upcoming events and programs: This year’s Rite for Christian Initiation of Adults will take place virtually beginning on October 1, 2020, leading up to the entrance into the Church at the Easter Vigil on April 3, 2021. Please contact Pam Doyle, Coordinator of the RCIA, at 317-519-1448 if you are interested in joining.

The Sacrament of Confirmation will take place on Sunday, November 8, 2020, in the presence of Archbishop Thompson at 2:00 pm at Prince of Peace Church. We are unable to receive new candidates into the program for this year’s November 8, 2020 Confirmation because there is not enough room for the required social distancing. The next date for Confirmation at Prince of Peace Church will take place in the Spring of 2022.

Financially our parish is struggling! We were able to close out the fiscal year June 30, 2020, in the black even though we were $32,000 down in our Sunday collections and unable to pay the Prince of Peace Schools subsidy. If it were not for the federal Pay-Check Protection Program (PPP) and some very generous extra-ordinary donations from parishioners, we would have been in real financial trouble. In this new fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020, our Sunday collections are already down $18,809. We are currently on average collecting about half of our weekly budgeted amount of $12,597. Our weekly Sunday collection funds our weekly budgeted salaries and operating expenses. I am very concerned about the financial future of our parish. Please be generous if you are able. I appreciate your patience, prayers, and support in these constantly changing and difficult times.

Peace and Blessings, Father Chris

9/6/20: 

Dear Friends, Happy September and Happy Labor Day Weekend! I am pleased to announce that we had more people at Mass last weekend that we have since the beginning of the pandemic quarantine in mid-March. Last weekend we had 304 people attend Mass at an average of about 60 parishioners a Mass. Prince of Peace Church, with maintaining social distance and wearing masks, can safely hold 168 parishioners. Although there is still a dispensation from attending Mass until November 1, 2020, if you are in good health and currently participating in other indoor activities and events, it may be time to consider returning to Mass.

Financially our parish is struggling! We were able to close out the fiscal year June 30, 2020, in the black even though we were $32,000 down in our Sunday collections and unable to pay the Prince of Peace Schools subsidy. If it were not for the federal Pay-Check Protection Program (PPP) and some very generous extra-ordinary donations from parishioners, we would have been in real financial trouble. In this new fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020 our Sunday collections are already down $17,180. We are currently collecting less than half of our weekly budgeted amount of $12,597. I am very concerned about the financial future of our parish. Please be generous if you are able.

Here is an update on rescheduled and new upcoming events and programs.

  • First Holy Communion, for our now Third Grade students, will take place on Sunday, September 20, 2020, at 1:00 pm at Prince of Peace Church. (There will be no 12 Noon Mass in Spanish on that day) For next year we have not set the date for First Communion but will do so soon. It will most likely take place in late April or early May of 2021.
  • The Religious Education Program will take place virtually this year. The deadline for sign up is Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Please see the information elsewhere in the bulletin.
  • The Celebration of Adult Baptism and Full Communion in the Catholic Church (RCIA) for last year’s participants will take place during the 6:00 pm Saturday evening Mass on September 26, 2020. This year The Rite for Christian Initiation of Adults will take place virtually beginning on October 1, 2020, leading up to the entrance into the Church at the Easter Vigil on April 3, 2021. Please contact Pam Doyle, Coordinator of the RCIA, at 317-519-1448 if you are interested in joining.
  • The Sacrament of Confirmation will take place on Sunday, November 8, 2020, in the presence of Archbishop Thompson at 2:00 pm at Prince of Peace Church. We are unable to receive new candidates into the program for this year’s November 8, 2020 Confirmation because there is not enough room in Prince of Peace Church for the required social distancing. The next date for Confirmation at Prince of Peace Church will take place in the Spring of 2022.

I appreciate your patience, prayers, and support in these constantly changing and difficult times.

Peace and Blessings,

Father Chris

 

8/30/2020

Dear Friends,

I am excited to announce the dates for the celebration of First Holy Communion which was postponed this past April 26, 2020, the Celebration of Adult Baptism and Full Communion with the Catholic Church which was postponed this past Easter Vigil, April 1, 2020 and the Sacrament of Confirmation for our High School students which were postponed this past May 30, 2020. Seating is limited for First Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Confirmation. These celebrations will not be open to the public however it will be broadcasted on the Prince of Peace Facebook page.

First Holy Communion, for our now Third Grade students, will take place on Sunday, September 20, 2020, at 1:00 pm at Prince of Peace Church. (There will be no 12 Noon Mass in Spanish on that day.)

The Celebration of Adult Baptism and Full Communion in the Catholic Church will take place during the 6:00 pm Saturday evening Mass on September 26, 2020.

The Sacrament of Confirmation will take place on Sunday, November 8, 2020, in the presence of Archbishop Thompson at 2:00 pm at Prince of Peace Church.

For next year we have not set the date for First Communion but will do so soon. It will most likely take place in late April or early May of 2021.

The Religious Education Program will take place virtually this year. More details to follow.

The Rite for Christian Initiation of Adults will take place virtually this year beginning on October 1, 2020, leading up to the entrance into the Church at the Easter Vigil on April 3, 2021. Please contact Pam Doyle, Coordinator of the RCIA, at 317-519-1448 if you are interested in joining.

The date and catechetical meeting schedule for The Sacrament of Confirmation in 2021 have not yet been determined. We are unable to receive new candidates into the program for this year's November 8, 2020 Confirmation because there is not enough room in Prince of Peace Church for the required social distancing.

As many of you are already aware the Catholic Bishops of the State of Indiana, under the leadership of our Archbishop Charles Thompson, have extended the dispensation from attending Sunday Mass to all Catholics in the State of Indiana until the Solemnity of all Saints on Sunday, November 1, 2020. The Archbishop has also given local pastors the authority to make decisions regulating catechetical and liturgical ministers within their parish boundaries. If you are at risk, have pre-existing medical conditions, or are sick please take advantage of the dispensation and watch the Mass and pray from home. At present, Parish Mass times and locations will remain the same. The only change will be the reinstatement of the Wednesday evening Eucharistic Adoration at St. Patrick Chapel which will resume on Wednesday evening, August 19, 2020, from 5:00 pm to 7:00pm.

I appreciate your patience in these constantly changing times.

Peace and Blessings,

Father Chris

8/23/2020

Dear Friends,

 

                     I pray that all of the parish and public-school students, teachers, and staff are doing well.  At Prince of Peace Schools, this week will be our third week of classroom instructions.  I want to congratulate our administrators, teachers, and staff for their flexibility and a great start of the new school year.

 

                     I am excited to announce the dates for the celebration of First Holy Communion which was postponed from April 26, 2020, the Celebration of Adult Baptism and Full Communion with the Catholic Church which was postponed from the Easter Vigil on April 1, 2020 and the Sacrament of Confirmation for our High School students which was postponed from May 30, 2020.

 

First Holy Communion, for our now Third Grade students, will take place on Sunday, September 20, 2020, at 1:00pm at Prince of Peace Church. (There will be no 12 Noon Mass in Spanish on that day.)

 

The Celebration of Adult Baptism and Full Communion in the Catholic Church will take place during the 6:00pm Saturday evening Mass on September 26, 2020.

 

The Sacrament of Confirmation will take place on Sunday, November 8, 2020 in the presence of Archbishop Thompson at 2:00pm at Prince of Peace Church. (There will be no 12 Noon Mass in Spanish on that day.)

 

Information will be coming soon for those who will be entering into catechesis to prepare to receive these sacraments next spring and fall.

 

As many of you are already aware the Catholic Bishops of the State of Indiana, under the leadership of our Archbishop Charles Thompson, have extended the dispensation from attending Sunday Mass to all Catholics in the State of Indiana until the Solemnity of all Saints on Sunday, November 1, 2020.  The Archbishop has also given local     pastors the authority to make decisions regulating catechetical and liturgical ministers within their parish boundaries.

 

 If you are at risk, have pre-existing medical conditions or are sick please take advantage of the dispensation and watch the Mass and pray from home.  At present, Parish Mass times and locations will remain the same.  The only change will be the reinstatement of the Wednesday evening Eucharistic Adoration at St. Patrick Chapel which will resume on Wednesday evening, August 19, 2020 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

 

I appreciate your patience in these constantly changing times.

 

Peace and Blessings,

 

Father Chris

 

 

 

 

8/16/20:

Dear Friends,

Welcome back to school to all parish and public school students, teachers, and staff. At Prince of Peace Schools, we completed our second week of classroom instructions. I want to congratulate our administrators, teachers, and staff for their flexibility and a great start of the new school year. I especially thank our Administrators, Phil Kahn, President and our Principals, Curt Gardner and Bethany Fewell. They worked tirelessly over the summer to prepare for a safe school year. Let us pray that God will be our help and guide as we navigate through this school year!

As many of you are already aware the Catholic Bishops of the State of Indiana, under the leadership of our Archbishop Charles Thompson, have extended the dispensation from attending Sunday Mass to all Catholics in the State of Indiana until the Solemnity of all Saints on Sunday, November 1, 2020. The Archbishop has also given local pastors the authority to make decisions regulating catechetical and liturgical ministers within their parish boundaries. If you are at risk, have pre-existing medical conditions or are sick please take advantage of the dispensation and watch the Mass and pray from home. At present, Parish Mass times and locations will remain the same. The only change will be the reinstatement of the Wednesday evening Eucharistic Adoration at St. Patrick Chapel which will resume on Wednesday evening, August 19, 2020, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. We are still waiting for final decisions on the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation and the date for last year’s members of the Rite for Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), who were not able to enter into the Church at last year’s Easter Vigil, to enter into the Church through Baptism and the Profession of Faith. The final details will be announced soon. I appreciate your patience in these constantly changing times.

Peace and Blessings,

Father Chris 

 

8/9/2020:

Dear Friends,

Welcome back to school to all parish and public school students, teachers and staff. It was a different summer for all of us, but I hope everyone had the opportunity to spend a little fun time with family and friends. Let us pray that God will be our help and guide as we navigate through this school year!

As many of you are already aware the Catholic Bishops of the State of Indiana, under the leadership of our Archbishop Charles Thompson, have extended the dispensation from attending Sunday Mass to all Catholics in the State of Indiana until the Solemnity of all Saints on Sunday, November 1, 2020. The Archbishop has also given local pastors the authority to make decisions regulating catechetical and liturgical ministers within their parish boundaries. If you are at risk, have pre-existing medical conditions or are sick please take advantage of the dispensation and watch the Mass and pray from home. At present Parish Mass times and locations will remain the same. The only change will be the reinstatement of the Wednesday evening Eucharistic Adoration at St. Patrick Chapel which will resume on Wednesday evening, August 19, 2020 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

Please welcome Bridget Fry as a new member of Prince of Peace Parish staff. Bridget will be transitioning into the role Pastoral Associate/Family Life Minister as Joe Seaver looks forward to full retirement. A great thanks to Joe for his many years of service to our parish!

Next Saturday, August 15th, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Since the Solemnity falls on a Saturday it is not a holy day of obligation, however, we will be remembering the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at all the weekend Masses. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states of Mary’s Assumption, “The Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things…The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son’s resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians.” Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us! Peace and Blessings,

Father Chris

7/19/2020 

Dear Friends,

It is amazing how quickly the month of July has flown bye. I will be on vacation starting this Sunday and returning on Friday, July 31st.  Please welcome Fr. Alfred Lopez for next week's Masses of July 25th and 26th. Fr. Lopez represents the global mission of “Food for the Poor”. Information on how you can help this mission will be found at the entrances of the Church. I thank you in advance for your generous donations. 

 Our thoughts, to the joy of some and the dismay of others, are already turning to the beginning of a new school year. Our school administrators and staff have been working diligently to ensure the safety and security of our students, faculty, and staff. 

 

Mass attendance for this past weekend was the following: 4:00 pm Saturday Mass 61 people, 6:00 pm Saturday Mass 31 people, 8:00 am Sunday Mass 47 people, 10:00 am Sunday Mass 44 people and at the 12 noon Mass 46 people.  Thank you for keeping up the social distancing, sanitizing, and wearing your masks.

 

The staff at the Catholic Community Center is working to ensure that visitors to the Center are safe. We require that visitors wear masks, sanitize and sign in. We ask that all visits are kept brief. The staff will be cleaning after each visitor. Please continue to use the lockbox to drop off your Sunday envelopes and any other correspondence that does not need the attention of a staff member. If you are feeling ill, please do enter the building. Guidelines have been posted on the doors. 

 

These “uncertain times”, may God continue to bless us with the peace that only God can give!

 

Peace and Blessings,

 

             Father Chris

 7/12/2020

Dear Friends, I hope everyone had a good Fourth of July weekend and was able to enjoy family and friends and the nice weather. Congratulations to our Pope John XXIII 6th Grade students who celebrated their graduation this past Thursday!

We are currently developing plans for the opening of Prince of Peace Schools based on Indiana State and Archdiocese guidelines. Updates on the beginning of the new school year and other parish sacramental and social events will be coming soon. I would like to remind everyone of the importance of continuing to wear face masks when you are not able to social distance 6 feet. Governor Holcomb, this past week, began the “We need you to #MaskUpHoosiers” movement. This quote is directly from the Indiana State Government website. “Indiana is slowly reopening for business, but the fight against COVID-19 is far from over. Wearing a face mask is one of the simplest, most effective ways to slow the spread of the virus, but we need everyone to do their part to keep our state safe. That’s why we are asking all Hoosiers to mask up – and speak about how wearing your mask can save lives. After all, we don’t wear them for ourselves. We wear them to keep others safe.”

Mass attendance for this past weekend was the following: 4:00pm Saturday Mass 70 people, 6:00pm Saturday Mass 30 people, 8:00am Sunday Mass 57 people, 10:00am Sunday Mass 55 people and at the 12 noon Mass 42 people.

Thank you for keeping up the social distancing, sanitizing and wearing your masks. Please remember your stewardship gifts to Prince of Peace throughout the summer. The parish depends on your weekly generosity even more since our loss of income as a result of the Pandemic. Thank you again for your kindness and generosity!

Peace and Blessings, Father Chris

7/5/2020

 

Dear Friends,

Happy Fourth of July weekend! I know it will not be that same for me without the Madison Regatta but try to take some time to enjoy family and friends and the nice weather.

Congratulations to our Pope John XXIII 6th Grade students who will be celebrating their graduation this coming Thursday!  Updates on the beginning of the school year and other parish sacramental and social events will be coming soon.

Mass attendance for this past weekend was the following - 4:00pm Saturday Mass 60 people, 6:00pm Saturday Mass 27 people, 8:00am Sunday Mass 47 people, 10:00am Sunday Mass 44 people and at the 12 noon Mass 60 people.  Thank you for keeping up the social distancing, sanitizing and wearing your masks.

Please remember your stewardship gifts to Prince of Peace throughout the summer.  The parish depends on your weekly generosity even more since our loss of income as a result of the Pandemic. Thank you again for your kindness and generosity!

Peace and Blessings,

Father Chris

 

 6/28/20

Dear Friends,

Happy last weekend of June! I cannot fathom that next Saturday will be the Fourth of July! I know it will not be the same but try to take some time to enjoy family and friends and be grateful for life and love.  May our words be the words of this weekend’s Psalm refrain, “Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord”.

The Archbishop has rescheduled the Sacrament of Confirmation, to be held here at Prince of Peace, to 2:00pm  Sunday, November 8, 2020.  Further information regarding sacramental preparation will be sent out once the school calendars have been determined.

Mass attendance for this past weekend was the following - 4:00pm Saturday Mass 36 people, 6:00pm Saturday Mass 36 people, 8:00am Sunday Mass 37 people, 10:00am Sunday Mass 57 people and at the 12 noon Mass 48 people.  Thank you for keeping up the social distancing, sanitizing and wearing your masks.

Please remember your stewardship gifts to Prince of Peace throughout the summer.  The parish depends on your weekly generosity even more since our loss of income as a result of the Pandemic. Thank you again for your kindness and generosity!

Peace and Blessings,

Father Chris

 

6/21/20

 

Dear Friends,

Happy Father’s Day as we celebrate and remember our Father’s both living and deceased.  Summer is definitely here and I am happy to see it.  I hope you can enjoy the beautiful weather and perhaps a change in your routines

Congratulations to our High School and College graduates and especially to our Shawe High School students who are graduating this Sunday!  I wish the end of the school year would have been more joyous for all our students and teachers. I appreciate all of you for your patience and goodwill.

The Archbishop has rescheduled the Sacrament of Confirmation, to be held here at Prince of Peace, to 2:00 pm Sunday, November 8, 2020.  Further information regarding sacramental preparation will be sent out once the school calendars have been determined.

Mass attendance for this past weekend was the following - 4:00 pm Saturday Mass 38 people, 6:00 pm Saturday Mass 28 people, 8:00 am Sunday Mass 31 people, 10:00 am Sunday Mass 57 people and at the 12 noon Mass 58 people.  Thank you for keeping up the social distancing, sanitizing, and wearing your masks.

Please remember your stewardship gifts to Prince of Peace throughout the summer.  The parish depends on your weekly generosity even more since our loss of income as a result of the Pandemic. Thank you again for your kindness and generosity!

Peace and Blessings,

Father Chris

 

6/14/2020 

Dear Friends,

Today the Catholic Church throughout the world celebrates “Corpus Christi”, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ!  This day we remember the Last Supper when Jesus gave us the Eucharist as a living memorial of his sacrifice on the cross until he comes again.  May we follow Jesus’ command to be a sacrificial people by doing everything in memory of Him.

 

I thought you would like to know our Mass attendance for last weekend, our second weekend back in the Church.  We had 21 people at the 4:00 pm Mass, 33 people at the 6:00 pm Mass, 44 people at the 8:00 am Mass, 46 people at the 10:00 am Mass, and 39 people at the Noon Mass.  Thank you for following the Archdiocesan guidelines by wearing masks, sanitizing, and keeping up with social distancing.

 

Next weekend, for Father’s Day, we will have a special blessing to honor them.  Also, next Sunday at 2:00 pm we will celebrate Shawe High School’s Graduation.  Congratulations to all our High School Graduates! We apologize but because of social distancing requirements for school graduations, you must have a ticket from a graduating student to attend.

 

Peace and Blessings,
                                          Father Chris

 

 

 

 

 

 6/7/2020

Dear Friends,

      Happy Feast of the Holy Trinity!

             It was great to celebrate Pentecost at the Masses last weekend as we are slowly returning to what they are calling the “new normal”.  I thought you might like to know the Mass attendance numbers for our first weekend back in Church.  We had 28 people at the 4 pm Mass, 23 people at the 6 pm Mass, 28 people at the 8 am Mass, 26     people at the 10 am Mass, and 42 people at the Noon Mass.

 

 I did not really know what to expect but I am glad that everything went smoothly. I believe attendance will gradually increase as Covid-19 cases and deaths decrease.  Please continue to follow the guidelines for Mass attendance that have been given to us by the CDC, the State of Indiana, and the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. 

Peace, Blessings, and Good Health!

Father Chris Craig, Pastor

 

5/24/20 and 5/31/2020

 

Dear Friends

I am happy to announce that on Monday, May 18th, Saint Patrick Chapel was reopened for private prayer and daily Mass.  It will remain open Monday through Friday from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm.  Saint Patrick Chapel will remain closed on Saturdays and Sundays.   Daily Mass will take place at Saint Patrick Chapel, Tuesday at 5:30 pm and Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 12:00 noon. The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions) will be held outside at the Divine Mercy Chapel on Tuesdays from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.  You may also make a personal appointment for Confession by calling the parish office.

  Prince of Peace Church will reopen for Saturday anticipation Masses and Sunday Masses on the Solemnity of Pentecost, Saturday, May 30th and Sunday, May 31st.  All Masses will take place at our regular scheduled times with the addition of a 4:00 pm Saturday anticipation Mass. Prince of Peace Church will continue to remain closed Monday through Friday until further notice.

At this time Most Sorrowful Mother of God, Vevay, will remain closed and will reopen at a later date.  It has been determined, because of the Church size, that it is too difficult to maintain social distancing and a safe environment at Most Sorrowful Mother of God Church.

Therefore, Sunday Mass schedule for Prince of Peace, Madison and Most Sorrowful Mother of God, Vevay, beginning May 30th and May 31st will be as follows

Saturday, 4:00pm Mass POP 

Saturday, 6:00pm Mass POP 

Sunday, 8:00am Mass POP

Sunday, 10:00am Mass POP

Sunday, 12:00noon Mass (in Spanish) POP

The needs for these location changes and time restrictions are based on Indiana State and Archdiocesan Guidelines.  Two of the most important of those guidelines are social distancing of 6-feet and cleaning and sanitizing the Church after each service. At Prince of Peace Church after each Mass volunteers will be requested to help clean and sanitize the Church.  At Saint Patrick Chapel there is a sign-up sheet with directions for volunteers to help clean and sanitize the Chapel, Monday through Friday before 11:00 am or after 6:00 pm.

In order to promote good social distancing and a safer environment, the Archdiocese guidelines are to limit the number of parishioners attending Mass.  For our community, this means that we will only use every other pew, 6 people per pew, and within each pew different “family units” will be required to maintain a 6-foot distance from one another. The capacity of Prince of Peace Church will be 168 persons.  Anyone who arrives for Mass after 168 persons has gathered will be asked to attend another Mass or watch the Mass on Facebook or YouTube.  There will be no exceptions.  If people do not follow these guidelines we will need to, once again, close the Church building. Facial masks are highly suggested but are not required for Mass.  

Please note the following taken directly from the Archdiocesan Guidelines.

“Those who are 65 and over and those with high-risk health conditions should remain at home.  This is the population that is most vulnerable to the Coronavirus.  Of course, those who are symptomatic or have tested positive for COVID-19 should not enter a Church until released to do so by their health care professional.” (continued to next page) 

5/10/2020

 

Dear Friends,

Happy Mother’s Day to all our Mothers living and in Heaven!

This letter I am writing to you on what will be this past Monday. I am unable to provide information in this letter about our future to reopen the Church since our meeting with the Archbishop will not take place until this past Wednesday.

The parish office will remain closed at this time.

Please join us live via Facebook at 10:00 am this Sunday, May 10th and if unable you may view it later in the day on YouTube and keep watch on our website at popeace.org for further information about our plans to resume worship in the Church.

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me!” May we keep the faith of our Mother’s and Father’s!

Peace and Blessings,

Father Chris 

 

 

5/3/20

Dear Friends, I had to write this letter this past Tuesday for the bulletin deadline before the Governor’s Friday, 2:30 pm Covid-19 news conference, so I am not sure what the Governor said this past Friday. Hopefully, there was some information about plans to reopen the Churches as soon as it is deemed safe.

Today is also the World Day of Prayer for Vocations which was instituted by Pope Paul VI during the Second Vatican Council. The entire Church, including laypeople, are charged with the work of fostering priestly and religious vocations. Please pray that young people, especially those from our parish, will be open to God’s call in their lives!

Next weekend we will celebrate Mother’s Day and express our love for our Mother’s, living and in Heaven! In today’s Gospel Jesus reminds us, “I have come so that they (you) might have life and have it more abundantly.” Keep faithful and keep praying!

Peace and Blessings, Father Chris

 

4/26/20

Dear Friends,

Our Easter celebrations continue on this the 3rd Sunday of Easter. In today’s first reading, from the Acts of the Apostles, Peter and the other Apostles tell the people of Jerusalem “We are witnesses of these things.” That is, they are witnesses of God’s love for us through the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.

In the Gospel today the resurrected Jesus walks along the road to Emmaus with his disciples. They do not recognize him at first but gradually come to know him through his words and in the breaking of the bread. As we continue to make our way through this pandemic, may we know that Jesus is also walking with us!

Peace be with you! Easter Blessings,

Father Chris 

4/19/2020

Dear Friends,

This Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday! We certainly need Divine Mercy as we continue to battle the Covid-19 virus and the effects it has had on our daily lives. Thank you for all the support and kind words I have received during this Easter season.

Thank you also for joining us online and for your continued prayers. Mary Rose put in today’s bulletin several photos of a selfie of me that I took Easter Sunday before Mass. I need to be more careful of photos that I share online with people!!!

I am praying that we will all soon be back together. “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion may He have mercy on us and the whole world!” With Faith, Hope, and Love comes Joy! Peace, Good Health

Fr. Chris

 

4/12/2020:

Dear Friends,

     Normally, in this Easter bulletin letter, I would be congratulating our new Catholic Christian brothers and sisters who entered the Church through the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil and thanking all who helped guide and prepare them. I would also be thanking the choir and all who helped clean and decorate the Church. It breaks my heart that I cannot do that this year and will celebrate Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum without them and you.

     It is a sad occasion for priests and parishioners throughout the world who cannot be with their faith community, but we will certainly be with one another in prayer, spirit, and thought. In the joy of Christ’s resurrection may we have the faith and hope to know that we will get through this pandemic and once again sing together the great “Alleluia!”, “God be Praised!”.

      Next Sunday, April 19th is Divine Mercy Sunday. We will pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet LIVE  immediately after the 10:00 am Mass via Prince of Peace Facebook. Thank you for joining us online and for your continued prayers and support. “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion may He have mercy on us and the whole world!”

     With our Faith, our Hope, and our Love in and for Jesus and one another will come our Joy! Peace, Good Health and many

Blessings, Father Chris

 

4/5/2020: 

Dear Friends,

     I just read my bulletin letter from Palm Sunday last year.  I asked everyone to “truly consider making this a Holy Week by limiting other activities.”  I guess I don’t have to ask you to do that this year!!!

     Today, the beginning of Holy Week, we celebrate the Palm Sunday of our Lord’s Passion.”  In the entrance Gospel, we participate in Christ’s triumphal entrance into Jerusalem.  In the second Gospel reading, we hear the events of Christ’s passion from his arrest to his being laid in the tomb.  It is a solemn day as we walk along with Jesus and his disciples and anticipate what is to come

     This week, as always and forever, I will be celebrating the Holy Triduum, the sacred three days of the paschal mystery; the Holy Thursday evening Mass of our Lord’s Supper at 7:00 pm, the Good Friday of the Passion of Our Lord at 3:00 pm, the Saturday evening Easter at 7:00 pm and the Easter Sunday Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at 10:00 am.  I will truly miss all of you and just thinking about not being with you brings me to tears.  My consolation is that I will be with you in thought and LIVE through the internet. You can participate in the Mass live through Prince of Peace Facebook or watch later through Prince of Peace YouTube

     I want to thank all of you who have generously kept up with your financial stewardship.  The Archdiocese, and I firmly agree, has asked us to continue to pay all our employees even if they are not presently able to work whether they are full time or part-time, salary or hourly.  The problem is that we pay those employees and our subsidy to the schools that helps pay our teachers through our Sunday Mass collections.  On average we collect $12,200.00 a weekend. We are still far behind on our collections.  Presently, we have no debt and I do not want to get in a position of having to borrow money from the Archdiocese.  I hate borrowing money when I do not know how we will be able to pay it back in the future.

     If you would please continue your Sunday financial stewardship, I would be eternally grateful!  You may mail it to the parish office, put it in the lockbox on the left side of the parish office front door, or the easiest way is to donate on-line through the parish website at popeace.org.

     In this time of fear and uncertainty, I ask you to continue to look after one another and strictly obey the directions of our civil and medical authorities.  If you need assistance with anything you may call the parish office at 812-265-4166.  I am also available personally on my cell phone at 812-801-5779 for any concern or need you have.  Keep Praying!

Peace, Good Health and Blessings,                                  

Father Chris

 

March 29, 2020

Dear Friends,

 Beginning last Sunday, March 22nd and until we can return to Church, I will be celebrating Mass each Sunday live via Prince of Peace Catholic Church Facebook page. You need only to click on the Facebook page or go to the parish website to join us Sunday at 10:00 am.  At that time, we will pray especially for those who have died from the Coronavirus, those presently suffering from Coronavirus, and a quick end to its spread.

I have another great concern regarding our parish and school finances. The Archdiocese, and I firmly agree, has asked us to continue to pay all our employees even if they are not presently able to work whether they are full time or part-time, salary or hourly.  The problem is that we pay those employees and our subsidy to the schools through our Sunday Mass collections.  On average we collect $12,200.00 a weekend.  Last weekend, with many people staying away from Mass for fear of the virus, we collected only $6,500.00.   This weekend, and for the unforeseeable future, we will collect nothing!  We do receive online collection every week of about $1,200.00 but that still leaves us $11,000 in the hole each week we are not at Mass.  Our savings are only enough to meet the next payroll and if we do not take in more financial stewardship, we will have to borrow money.  I hate borrowing money when I do not know how we will be able to pay it back in the future.

If you would please continue your Sunday financial stewardship, I would be eternally grateful!  You may mail it to the parish office, or the easiest way is to donate on-line through the parish website at popeace.org.  If you need assistance you may call the parish office at 812-265-4166.  I am also available personally on my cell phone at 812-801-5779 for any concern or need you have.

In last Sunday’s Gospel Jesus healed a man born blind. Jesus' disciples ask him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  Jesus responded, “Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him.” Through our response to this crisis by supporting, praying and working with one another God can also be made visible through us!!!

In this Sunday’s Gospel, we will hear about the raising of Lazarus. Jesus told Lazarus’ sister Martha words we especially need to hear in this time of crisis.

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”

Peace, Safety, and Blessings,

Father Chris

 

3/22/2020

Dear Friends,

As I write this letter today on Monday, March 16th for the bulletin printing deadline on Tuesday I am conscious of the fact that I have no idea what will happen this week before this bulletin reaches your hands!

 As we begin the Fourth Week of Lent, I ask you to please keep in your prayers those suffering from the Coronavirus and pray for a quick end to its spread.  As you know we have taken many precautions during Mass to limit our physical contact.  “Social distancing” is the new word of the day.  At present, Prince of Peace Church will be open for Sunday Masses until further notice.  We will not have liturgical ministers at Mass and I will be the only person distributing Communion. Please see my Press Release for further information on page 4 of the bulletin.

The Archbishop has given a dispensation from attending Sunday Mass to everyone in the Archdiocese.  We ask especially the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions to please consider not attending Mass.  I encourage those who are sick, out of charity for others, not to attend Mass or go out in public, in particular, if you have a fever.  Personally, I also would ask you to consider limiting your travel. Unfortunately, we see in the news almost daily people who came into contact with others unknowingly who have the virus and now have the potential of further spreading it.

In today’s Gospel Jesus heals a man born blind. Jesus' disciples ask him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  Jesus responds, “Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him.” Through our response to this crisis by supporting, praying and working with one another God can also be made visible through us!!!

Peace, Safety, and Blessings,

Father Chris

 

 

 

3/15/2020

Dear Friends,

            As we begin the Third Week of Lent please keep in your prayers those suffering from the Coronavirus and pray for a quick end to its spread.  As you know we have taken some precautions during Mass. Until further notice we will not have Holy Water in the fonts, have the sign of peace before Communion or receive from the cup.  We also encourage those who are sick, out of charity for others, not to attend Mass, in particular, if you have a fever.  Personally, I also would ask you to consider limiting your travel.  Unfortunately, we see in the news almost daily people who came into contact with others unknowingly who have the virus and now have the potential of further spreading it..

 

Please check the bulletin for the daily Mass schedule and other Lenten opportunities such as the Greater Madison Ministerial Association Lenten Lunch series.  This week on Wednesday, March 18th Prince of Peace Parish will be the host.  The Wednesday service will begin in the Church at 12 noon with lunch served at the Democratic Headquarters at 12:30 pm following the service. Please join us!

 The Knights of Columbus will lead the Stations of the Cross on the Fridays of Lent at 7:00 pm at St. Patrick’s Chapel.  Each Friday of Lent there will also be a Fish Fry sponsored by various parish organizations at the Knights of Columbus.

May our Lenten observance truly be a time of prayer, reflection, and gratitude for Christ’s sacrificial love for us!

Peace,

                Father Chris