We have resumed our normal Mass schedule.
Sign-ups for all weekend Masses will be required. Please watch for an announcement on that process.
All the faithful remain dispensed from attending Mass for the foreseeable future and we will continue live-streaming Masses. In other words, no one is obligated to come to Mass.
NOTE: For current events, please check the Parish Calendar, which we will be continually monitored and updated as social gathering guidelines are announced.
Saturday, May 30, 2020
- 1:30 p.m.: Pentecost Novena Holy Hour: Come Holy Spirit, Spirit of Peace! (Livestreamed)
Saturday, May 30, 2020
- 4:30 p.m.: Public* & Livestreamed from St. Andrew's
Sunday, May 31, 2020
- 8:00 a.m.: Public* & recorded to be posted from St. Mathias
- I tried streaming multiple times in the past and the Internet connection is too weak to accommodate the stream. Cameras are hard to come by, so my personal phone is what we have to use for now.
- 10:00 a.m.: Public* & Livestreamed from St. Andrew's
*Given our limited seating we can only accommodate those who signed up in advance for Sunday Masses. Yesterday our staff made calls or sent emails to those who have been assigned seating for this weekend.
If you did NOT receive a call or email indicating you have a seat, but you indicated you want to attend, you most likely have a seat at weekday Mass. Thank you to those who said they would be willing to attend a weekday Mass instead of Sunday.
If you are attending Mass we invite you to wear a mask, we require everyone to maintain social distancing, and please be aware that the distribution of Holy Communion will be after the final blessing of Mass. You are free to depart without receiving Communion - you can exit the building when your pew files out for the Communion line - or you are free to receive.
Also, if you are aware of someone who did NOT receive communication from us about the opportunity to sign up for Mass, PLEASE let them know to email or call our parish office. Staff spent nearly 30 hours calling all the phone numbers on our parish phone list to reach everyone we possibly could. If a person was not called, it was not for lack of trying.
Also, after this weekend we will assess whether we can or should provide music at all of our weekend Masses. Remember, we are NOT allowed to have congregational singing.
In all of this, we have had a matter of days to organize after we learned we were allowed to have public Masses again. I would like to thank our very dedicated staff that has been working more than overtime. We ask your patience in this difficult time.
More than all that, pray for peace in our state and in our world. The Rosary is a powerful spiritual weapon to repel the tactics of Satan and to convert our hearts toward peace and true justice. And I hope that our prayers, united to the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus through the Mass, the source of reconciliation, will bear the fruit of peace.
In Christ's Peace,
Fr. Daniel Weiske
What to Know Before About Coming to Mass as of May 27, 2020:
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Who should come to Mass?
Due to social distance requirements, we can only seat a portion of the capacity of our church. We will seat using social distancing guidelines with six feet in between each household. For weekend Masses, we will use a sign-up procedure. Please contact the parish office if you have not received information about how to sign up.
You are not obligated to attend Mass. You simply need to keep holy the Lord’s Day by praying the Mass online/TV, making a spiritual communion, or spending time in other forms of prayer. We will be livestreaming Masses from St. Andrew’s. We will record and post our Masses from St. Mathias, due to internet limitations at that location.
The diocese strongly encourages those over 65 and those with pre-existing health conditions to stay home and avoid public gatherings, including church.
Do not come to church if you are sick, coughing, are experiencing a sore throat, fever, shortness of breath, if you have been exposed to a sick person, or if you are caring for someone who is sick.
What should I do before I come to Mass?
Please self-screen before leaving your home. Ask yourself “Am I feeling well?” and “Do I have a cough?” You might take your temperature. If it exceeds 100° F, please stay home.
We highly encourage you to bring and properly wear your own face covering (mask) following the guidelines established by the CDC. The Minnesota Bishops strongly encourage everyone who enters the church to wear a mask. Masks helps protect you and keep you from spreading an illness you do not know you have yet. Masks cannot be placed on children under 2 years of age.
What can I expect when I arrive?
Please come early, enter through the main entrance off the parking lot, moving through the Social Hall to the Church. Be aware of others as you enter, exit, and move about the church. Social distance from others. Clean your hands with sanitizer as you come in. Please do not socialize while in the church building.
At St. Andrew's: The door by the Sacristy will be open for those who are disabled and need to sit in the upper aisle. NOTE: The Willow Street doors will be locked until further notice. Entry via these doors is restricted. However, you can exit them in an emergency.
At St. Mathias: Both sets of Doors will be open.
Restrooms will be available for use. We ask that one person or family enter and use them at a time. Spray sanitizer will be available, and hand washing guidelines are posted.
What should I bring?
You should bring your own hand sanitizer, mask, and gloves. All hymnals and missalettes have been removed from the pews. You may wish to bring a worship aid such as a Magnificat.
What will change with the Mass?
The essential qualities of the Mass will remain the same, but there will be adjustments. Since singing is the fastest way to spread the virus, there will be no congregational singing at this time.
Collection baskets will be place at the entrances of the churches for you to use as you enter. Electronic giving is also available (https://www.blccsouth.org/giving)
Will I be able to receive Communion?
Holy Communion will be distributed after the final blessing. Those who wish to receive will process up the center aisle, keeping social distancing. As you leave the pew, those who wish to receive Communion will process to the front, but those who wish to leave without receiving Communion may depart immediately by exiting to the back of the church via the center aisle. Practice social distancing as you leave.
Those who process forward for Communion pull down their mask, remove any gloves, sanitize their hands, and step forward to receive. All other communicants will follow. After receiving, return to your pew for prayer and reflection or exit via the side aisle.
For those who return to the pews, there will be a prayer and a blessing for all who have received Holy Communion.
We are returning to our pre-Covid-19 Mass schedule and will assess any needed changes over the next couple of weeks.
Click here for a guide on How to Pray the TV Mass from Home.
Reconciliation times are listed on our Parish Calendar
Father Richard G. Oberstar, M.S.F.
June 28, 1929 - April 11, 2020
Our true vocation is to die and rise with the Lord.
Fr. Richard Oberstar, MSF, died in the Lord at 1:00 p.m. on, Holy Saturday, April 11, 2020 at CRMC Care Center in Crosby. Fr. Eli Gieske, the priest in Crosby, was present to administer the Sacrament of Anointing to Fr. Oberstar.
Fr. Oberstar was a priest for more than 50 years and he loved being a priest. We were blessed to have him with our community, living at St. Mathias for almost 17 years. In recent days many priests have shared their vocations stories online. Fr. Oberstar had recorded his story some years ago, and you can find it below. Now we pray that Fr. Oberstar will live in God's presence as a priest to intercede for us... "a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek." But Fr. Oberstar would certainly ask - insist - that we pray for him now!
Fr. Oberstar, rest in peace. May the angels lead you into paradise! May you rejoice in your true vocation, to live forever with the Lord who called you and gave His life for you.
-Fr. Daniel Weiske
Father Oberstar's Obituary
* Mass = https://yourcatholicradiostation.com/node/18099
* Keeping kids busy, happy, and holy while at home with Rebecca Thiesse = https://yourcatholicradiostation.com/node/18098
* Running a grocery store amidst these trying times with Deacon Chuck Welte = https://yourcatholicradiostation.com/node/18096
* From the classroom to online teaching: the coronavirus dance with Jen Nagel, Principle at St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School = https://yourcatholicradiostation.com/node/18095
* Rosary: Join us in praying for all those affected by the corona virus outbreak = https://yourcatholicradiostation.com/node/18094
Video clip of the Mass. (Starts at the 6:53 mark.)
* Mass = https://yourcatholicradiostation.com/node/17974
* Working through anxiety in a healthy way = https://yourcatholicradiostation.com/node/17973
* Giving thanks for the heroic care & sacrifice of healthcare workers = https://yourcatholicradiostation.com/node/17972
* The bold leap-of-faith to stop promoting birth control = https://yourcatholicradiostation.com/node/17971
* Rosary: Join us in praying for all those affected by the corona virus outbreak.= https://yourcatholicradiostation.com/node/17970
Welcome to our Catholic Parishes!
Welcome to St. Andrew and St. Mathias Catholic Churches. We welcome you to join us for Mass. Perhaps stick around for coffee and treats after each 10:00 Sunday Mass, join a small group Bible study, take time in our Adoration Chapel, or help us house the homeless at our church. We look forward to welcoming you and serving together in the name of Christ!
1108 Willow Street, Brainerd MN 56401
Monday thru Friday 8:30 am- 1:30 pm
Tuesday at 5:30 pm
Wednesday at 8:00 am
Thursday at 8:00 am
Saturday at 4:30 pm - Sign-up required
Sunday at 10:00 am - Sign-up required
Traditional Latin Mass: 2nd Sundays at 12:00 pm (currently suspended)
Friday at 8:30 am - Sign-up required
Sunday at 8:00 am - Sign-up required
Low Gluten Hosts (less than 20 ppm) are available. Please see an Usher before Mass.
Our current Reconciliation times are listed on the Parish Calendar.
**When public Masses resume, our standard Reconciliation schedule is as follows:
Tuesdays from 4:30-5:15 pm at St. Andrew's
Saturdays from 3:30-4:15 pm at St. Andrew's
First Sundays of the Month from 7:30-8:00 am at St. Mathias
By appointment: 218-829-1340
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Stations of the Cross
Fr. Daniel Weiske, Pastor
Deacon Mike Koecheler
Deacon Keith Grow
Deacon Jerry Bock
Ann Scheinost, Business Manager and Liturgical Coordinator
Anne Pritschet, Music Director
Celeste Badger, Elementary Faith Formation
Dan Johnson, RCIA & High School Faith Formation
Britt Johnson, Middle School Faith Formation
Melina Birchem: Secretary & Bulletin Editor
Mary Stoffel, Part-time Secretary
Tim Johnson, St. Andrew Custodian
Peggy Tautges, St. Mathias Custodian