Update, Saturday May 23
In a letter dated Saturday, May 23, Archbishop Hebda wrote the following:
I wish to let you know of an important breakthrough in our state that will allow for greater worship opportunities for all Minnesotans as we together address the Covid-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, Governor Walz will issue a new executive order that allows faith communities to accommodate up to 250 people for worship services, provided precautions are taken to protect public health. We welcome that development. We know that Governor Walz and his administration are trusting that when faith communities gather, they will do so consistent with public health guidance. Our commitment as Catholics to the common good makes it natural for us to pledge to be good citizens when we gather for worship.
Update, Friday May 15
In a letter dated Friday, May 15, Archbishop Hebda noted the following:
While easing the Stay-at-Home order May 13, the governor’s new Stay Safe Minnesota executive order explicitly prohibited faith-based gatherings with more than ten unrelated people. We are hopeful, however, because Governor Walz has called meetings of faith leaders for next Monday and Tuesday, to solicit feedback on a new set of public worship guidelines that his administration will be producing. The date of re-opening for religious gatherings of more than ten people is still uncertain.
The complete letter along with a video from the Archbishop can be found on our NEWS page.
Update, Wednesday, May 13
Staff and parish leadership are already planning for the day when St. Edward can reopen for public Masses. A task force has been created to look at the issues, concerns and proposed procedures from the Archbishop. Once the task force has made recommendations regarding how and when to reopen, members of our staff and a corps of lead volunteers will be assembled and trained to implement those recommendations. Look for future updates on this page, in the bulletin, weekly eBlasts, and through parish emails.
For more information on the proposed procedures read the letter from the Archbishop dated May 1.
Update, Friday, May 8
A letter from the Finance Council Chair dated May 7 included the following message to the parish:
First and most important, we want to thank all of you who have continued to contribute to our Parish either by the drop box in the Chapel foyer, online giving through our website, ” text to give” and of course through the mail. Your support is keeping us going. God Bless you for that…
Right after the stay at home order, a cash flow plan for the rest of the fiscal year was prepared. It included deferring payments for some of our expenses such as our general insurance premiums and a reduction of our Archdiocesan assessment along with other payables. Beth and I both reviewed it and asked our Parish Trustees, Parish Council Chair and Fr. Rick to review it as well.
We then had virtual meetings with the above members and it was decided to apply for the Federal Government Payroll Protection Program (PPP)…
Update, Friday, May 1
In light of the Stay-at-Home extension announced Thursday, April 30, please note the following updates:
Grad Mass: All high school seniors are invited to participate in the 2020 Virtual Grad Mass on May 16/17. Please check the Faith Formation page for details or click to link to the event.
Faith Formation: At this time, the celebrations of Confirmation and First Eucharist have been canceled. These important milestones will be celebrated, just not on their original dates. As soon as we have more updates, we will share them with you.
Weekend Mass: We will continue to make Mass available for viewing online. Masses are posted by 5pm on Saturday night on our Online Masses page. They are also available on Facebook, and we have recently added them to our YouTube channel.
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Fr. Rick is available by appointment. We have a safe procedure in place that follows CDC safety guidelines. Email or call the parish office at 952-835-7101 to set up a time with Fr. Rick.
Update Monday, April 20
In a letter dated April 17, Archbishop Hebda offered some information on the extension of the stay-at-home order and how it is impacting churches in the Archdiocese. He stated in part:
For the past several weeks, the COVID-19 situation has required that we not celebrate public Masses in our churches or hold large gatherings in our parishes. As reflected in the recent extension of the stay-at-home order in our State, the crisis requires that the temporary measures that we adopted are still needed to protect the public good. For that reason, Archdiocesan directives currently in force (including the dispensation of the Sunday Mass obligation) will remain at least until May 4. Looking further ahead, May and June Confirmations at the Cathedral and Basilica have been cancelled; pastors of the effected parishes have been given the authority to either celebrate Confirmation in their own churches or schedule a later date at the Cathedral or Basilica.
Update Thursday, April 2
We will continue to stream our weekend liturgies so we are connected through our worship. Our streamed liturgies can be accessed on our Online Masses page or directly on our Facebook page. You do not need to join Facebook to watch our video posts. Please join us for each of our upcoming Holy Week Liturgies.
- Palm Sunday: Saturday, April 4, online starting at 5pm
- Holy Thursday: Thursday, April 9, online starting at 7pm
- Good Friday: Friday, April 10, online starting at 7 pm
- Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 12, online starting at 10:30am
Blessed Palms will be available for you to pick up at the chapel entrance from 8am – 8pm on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5. Please follow all posted precautions!
We also have a lot of great opportunities online for you and your families to stay spiritually connected to our faith during this Holy Week. Visit our website often for updates and current information about our virtual ministries.
Update Wednesday, March 25
In a statement released today, Archbishop Hebda addressed the stay-at-home order from Governor Walz, stating in part:
It is critical for the common good that we do everything we possibly can to minimize the risk to others and to ourselves, which means simply staying home as much as possible. I know this is difficult for all of us, but it seems critical in order to buy time for the health care needs of our state to be met. Embracing these restrictions is very difficult Lenten penance for us. We will try as we are able to provide spiritual guidance through our continued online presence. We also ask parishioners to be especially attentive to their neighbors—it is amazing how much a phone call might mean in these days.
Update Wednesday, March 18
In a statement released today, Archbishop Hebda officially suspends all public celebrations of Mass, stating in part,
Given both the moral impossibility of attending Mass, as well as the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass that was extended to the faithful of the Archdiocese last week, please rest assured that the missing of Mass in these conditions should not weigh on your conscience…
It pains my heart to have to make this decision since I know how many of you deeply love the Mass as I do. This decision will be re-evaluated in two weeks’ time in light of any local developments and the latest advice of civil authorities and experts.
Update Monday, March 16
After much consideration, Fr. Rick, the administration and staff at the Church of St. Edward are making the following changes through the end of March:
- Effective immediately, all Masses and activities in the building will be suspended beginning Tuesday, March 17.
- The building and parish office will remain open through Tuesday, March 17. Please use door #4 to enter the building.
- The chapel will remain open from 8am to 8pm daily. Access to the chapel will remain available through door #5.
Please check back to this page for updates on the continuing situation. We also plan to announce schedule changes by email, eblast and on our Facebook page.
Update Friday, March 13
On March 12, 2020, Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda released a statement regarding dispensation from Sunday Mass Obligation. This statement reads in part:
Due to the increasing number of confirmed COVID-19/coronavirus cases in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, I determine it prudent to dispense all Catholics in the territory of this Archdiocese from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass, until further notice. If the faithful decide that congregating for Sunday Mass would constitute a risk to themselves or others, they have the freedom not to attend. Masses, however, will continue to be celebrated in our parishes as regularly scheduled at this time.
The faithful are asked to find a Mass on TV, the radio or online and make a Spiritual Communion.
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
Watch Mass on TV
- Diocese of St. Cloud: Sundays, 11 a.m. on KSTC-TV/45
- Our Lady of Grace, Edina: Sunday, Noon on Fox 9+ (Dish/Direct 29, Comcast 10/807; Over Air 9.2)
- St. Olaf, Minneapolis: MCN Cable Channel 6, Sundays at 8pm and Mondays at 10am
- St. Michael Broadcasting, Channel 14, antenna based (not cable) Catholic television airing several Masses per day
- EWTN: Check local cable/satellite schedule
Online / Live Stream
- Mass live streamed on Facebook, Saturday at 6pm (English) and 7 pm (Spanish)
- Mass live streamed on Facebook, Weekdays at 7:30 a.m. and Saturday at 5:15 p.m.; also posted on website
- Mass live streamed on website, Wednesday at 9 am and Sunday at 9:30am
- Mass live streamed on website, Saturday at 5pm
- Mass posted on website, Daily and Sunday
- Mass live streamed on YouTube, Sunday at 8:30am
- Relevant Radio 1330am: Weekdays and Sundays at noon, and Sundays at 9 am
- EWTN: ewtn.com/radio/listen-live