COVID-19 Update for MQP Parishioners

Parishioners: This page is a work in progress and will updated as needed. Please refer back to it for the latest parish information.  Mary Queen of Peace pray for us!

Please note: the Archdiocese has set-up a landing page that should serve as a timely resource for our community.  You may find it here: archspm.org/covid19

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Highlights:

May 27:     Click here for re-open letter

May 21:      Masses Resume June 2!! Praise Jesus!  See below for details

May 17:       As announced by Governor Walz Wednesday, the Shelter in Place order will expire at 11:59pm on Sunday, May 17, 2020. Accordingly, the parish office will reopen to                               serve the parishioners of Mary Queen of Peace beginning Monday, May 18, 2020 during regular office hours.  Measures for social distancing will be in place.

May 15:    Arcbishop Hebda updates on Gov Walz May 18 changes to Stay at Home   CLICK HERE

May 1:      Archbishop Hebda updates on revised Stay at Home Order – CLICK HERE for updates and next steps for the Church

April 17:       Archbishop Hebda updates on COVID Crisis – CLICK HERE for updates on extension of Stay-At-Home order and 2020 Confirmation update

April 7:         Faith Formation Update Click Here for weekly updates

March 27:   Watch Pope Francis as he offered an extraordinary blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world)

March 25: Statement regarding Gov. Walz’s stay at Home Order from Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda

March 20 – Parish Office is closed.  Staff will be working from home.  Phone and email coverage will be handled during normal business hours.

March 19, 2020 Message from Archbishop Hebda:  The Coronavirus Plenary Indulgences, The Cornavirus Plenary Indulgences Grid – (Lays out in an easy-to-read format).

March 18, Archbishop Hebda called for the immediate suspension of regularly scheduled public Masses in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Father Kaluza will continue to celebrate Mass for the Mary Queen of Peace community (albeit no congregation).  Look to  Mass on TV, the radio or online and make a Spiritual Communion. Where that is not an option, it would be appropriate to pray the Liturgy of the Hours or the Rosary.

  • TV: Sundays, 11 a.m. on KSTC-TV/45
  • Radio: Sundays, 9 a.m. on Relevant Radio 1330am
  • Online: Find Catholic Masses online here. (Priests celebrate the Catholic Mass daily at CatholicTV for television and online, on-demand, over-the-top, and on-the-go viewing)

Effective March 18, the Adoration Chapel is closed.  Click here to view Eucharistic Adoration Chapels with Live Webcams

So that the Parish can continue to pay staff and general operating expenses, please consider mailing your Sunday donation to the office, or consider online giving.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Dear Mary Queen of Peace Parishioners,

Under the direction of the Archdiocese, we are sharing the letter (click here) from the Minnesota Bishops.  We are excited and ready to welcome you back!  The staff of Mary Queen of Peace have been working hard to make plans to resume public Mass. To be prudent and cautious, we will resume on June 2.
Week day Mass will resume on Tuesday, June 2.  All daily Masses will be held at St. Martin Church to allow for maximum social distancing.   

Weekend Mass will resume the weekend of June 6 & 7.  Mass will be held at 5:00 pm on Saturdays, and 9:00 am on Sundays.
  Both Masses will take place at St. Martin Church (with the ability to overflow to the Parish Life Center and Church basement), and the 5:00 pm Saturday Mass will continue to be live streamed.
Confessions will continue to be offered on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm and Saturdays at 4:00 pm both at St. Walburga Church.
More information about changes to the Mass will be mailed to all parishioners next week.  Please be patient as we navigate this new normal.  We look forward to celebrating our faith and sharing the Eucharist with you very soon!

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Friday, April 30, 2020

Dear Mary Queen of Peace Parishioners,

The Fourth Sunday of Easter is known as Good Shepherd Sunday.  We are reminded that Jesus is the Good Shepherd in our     Gospel.  We recall his desire to save souls and guard and keep them under his watchful care.  That is what Jesus wants to do for us, because we need a savior to help us on our pilgrimage through life.  It can be a daunting and perilous journey, but if we choose to follow Jesus, we can be kept safe and secure.  It does not mean that we will not encounter the difficulties of life, but it does mean that Jesus will protect our souls.

While we are all at home sheltering in place, we can offer more prayer and keep our eyes fixed on the Good Shepherd who protects us.  We should be celebrating First Communion this weekend and offering our congratulations to our second graders who have worked hard to prepare for this awesome encounter with the Risen Lord!  We will hold First Communion Masses when we are permitted to resume public Masses.  The same holds true for Confirmation.  I  anticipate that Confirmation Masses will be held in our parish and arrangements will be made.  We look forward to having our fully initiated members take active roles in our parish community!

We continue to be blessed as you continue to celebrate live-streaming Masses and make offerings.  I am grateful for all that you do for our parish and school.  May we use our blessings to follow Jesus and imitate his goodness so that many more might find in him all of their delight!

God bless you,

Father Michael Kaluza

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Dear Mary Queen of Peace Parishioners,

Alleluia it is still Easter!  Easter is so important – the greatest of all feasts – that the Church allows it last for eight full days called an octave.  It is also known as Divine Mercy Sunday, where our faith is put into action by recognizing the great mercy that God has for us by allowing us to witness the resurrection!  In placing his hands into the wounds of the Lord, the Apostle Thomas allows us to remark about the mercy of God shown through the wounds of Christ.  At the canonization of Saint Faustina Kowalska, Saint Pope John Paul II remarked: “Jesus shows His hands and His side to the Apostles. He points to the wounds of the Passion, especially the wound in His Heart, the source from which flows the great wave of mercy poured out on humanity.”

The theme of our Scripture readings is mercy and the forgiveness made possible by the Passion of our Lord.  Jesus allows his apostles to continue that saving work begun by Jesus in forgiving sins and allowing grace to fill our lives to grow in faith, confidently proclaiming the death and resurrection of Jesus!  The Eucharist is that continual memorial that remembers and reminds us that God chose to come and dwell among us.  God continues to be in our midst in the gift of the Eucharist.

In confessing Jesus as ‘My Lord and my God’, Thomas made the most profound declaration about the person of Christ — that he is truly God.  He accepted Jesus as Lord and submitted his life to Christ’s lordship.  As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus we can use Thomas’ words to declare our faith and submit our lives to him more deeply.  Without physically touching the wounds of our Lord, we can grow in faith confident that God’s merciful love is intended to touch our lives.

Readings for Divine Mercy Sunday are attached to this email.  Please join me on Facebook for the Livesteam of the Saturday, 5:00pm Mass.

As we eagerly await the time when we will be together in church to celebrate Mass, we will continue to  Live-Stream Mass from St. Martin on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/mqpcatholic/?ref=bookmarks.   The decision to Live-Stream the Mass from St. Martin was made to ensure minimal resources are needed to enable the live-stream for Mass.  We are extremely grateful to those dedicated staff and parishioners who have been instrumental in getting things set up to provide the best experience for the MQP Community, while limiting exposure and additional work to move equipment back/forth between churches.

Let us continue to pray to Mary Queen of Peace to watch over our community, keep us safe and guide us as we move through this crisis.

Mary Queen of Peace Pray for Us

God bless you,

Father Michael Kaluza

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Dear Mary Queen of Peace Parishioners,

The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the core foundation of our Christian faith.  Easter is the greatest of all celebrations that God always has the final word and speaks last.  Sin and death are not obstacles for God’s saving presence and that desire for our salvation gives us strength and comfort in our journey toward eternity.  The Risen Christ is the source of our joy and hope.  But the Risen Christ also challenges us to live our lives in response to our baptismal promises.  That challenge offers us the opportunity to persevere in grace and willingly learn more about our faith; regularly practice our faith and evangelize with the example of our lives.

Easter looks very different this year as we are confined to our homes.  Celebrations are limited to immediate family and it might not feel like the penance of Lent has subsided.  The Archbishop has cancelled all public Masses through next weekend, so we will be celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday at home as well.  Even though we live with a pandemic among us, our Easter spirit must remain confident and hopeful!  God is alive and present in our lives and in our world!  Alleluia remains our refrain as we encourage one another through these trying times.  May we confidently go into the world with shouts of alleluia that God is alive and present in our lives and help others to see God’s presence in their lives as well.  Happy Easter!

God bless you,

Father Michael Kaluza

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends of Mary Queen of Peace,

We are still enduring our physical separation and uniting ourselves spiritually to one another and the entire church around the world as we continue to worship God and offer thanks.  While we experience sadness and difficulties, there is still much thanks that we have to give!  Let us be grateful for our lives, our families, our faith and remember that God accompanies us throughout our entire pilgrimage on earth.

This weekend is Palm Sunday. Click here for the First and Second Reading, and here for the Passion of our Lord for Palm Sunday.  We will live stream the Mass from Saint Martin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 4th.   The live Mass will be available on the parish Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mqpcatholic/.  It will be saved there for viewing at any time you wish to watch on Sunday or a later time.  Confessions will still be available at Saint Walburga at 4:00pm.

BLESSED PALMS

As you all know Governor Walz has asked us to “Stay at Home” to stop the spread of COVID-19.  If you find yourself traveling for essential needs:

Palms have been blessed and are available for pickup in the vestibule at Door 1, Friday from 12:00noon to 6:00pm and Saturday from 9:00am to 4:00pm.  The door to the far left is unlocked for people to come at their leisure for those who would like a palm.  If the card reader is green, the door is unlocked.  Please bring a disinfectant wipe with you to sanitize the door handle.

Schedule of Holy Week/Easter Live stream Masses:   

Find us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/mqpcatholic/?ref=bookmarks

  • 7:00pm Holy Thursday Mass
  • 3:00pm Good Friday Service
  • 10:00am Easter Sunday Mass

I am grateful for the generosity from so many who continue to remember that even though we don’t have a collection at Mass, we still need funding for our operations.  Thank you for your generosity!  The contributions are a constant reminder that we remain a parish family and need one another and need the church more than ever!

God bless you,
Father Kaluza and the Staff of Mary Queen of Peace

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March 27, 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends of Mary Queen of Peace:

 As we move through the holy season of Lent and experience it in a most profound way in our whole new way of existing with COVID-19 among us, we are coming closer to the end of Lent and will soon be able to prepare for Holy Week and the EASTER RESURRECTION!  Hopefully we are closer to the end rather than the beginning, but we must continue to follow the direction of authorities and our Archbishop.  There will come a time when we can move beyond this crisis that has been a scourge upon the whole world and that will be a great celebration for everyone.

The Church is used to dealing with crisis and tragedy and offers healing by bringing people together.  As we are forced to stay apart, let us be mindful of other ways that we can stay connected and hold up one another.  Our prayers are powerful; God is always near and accompanies us through life, both in good times and sorrowful times.  I am grateful for the wonderful ways that people continue to support one another and offer prayers for our parish, school and community!

In an effort to remain close during this difficult time, we are beginning to live stream our Saturday 5:00pm Mass from St. Walburga.  It will be posted on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mqpcatholic/

Bulletins will continue to be emailed Sundays at noon.  If you know of someone who doesn’t receive them via email, please let them know there bulletins will also be available in the plastic bin at the top of St. Martin Church steps.  Please continue to check our website for updates.

Just a reminder, confessions remain available Saturday afternoon, 4:00pm at St. Walburga and Tuesday evening, 6:00pm at St. Martin.  Please keep in mind, social distancing when coming to confessions.

May God’s blessings always be upon you and may Christ the Healer deliver us from this evil!

Father Michael C. Kaluza

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Friday, March 20, 2020 – 4:00pm

Dear Mary Queen of Peace Parishioners,

During this time of uncertainty in our nation and around the world, please be assured of my prayers for all of you and those around the world affected by COVID-19.

We value our staff and want to ensure we minimize their exposure to the COVID-19 virus; therefore, have made the decision to close the parish office and allow staff to work remotely from the safety of their homes, during regular hours hours.  This will allow us to continue serving you.  Please be assured, our phones will continue to be answered or returned if a message is left.  We will continue to respond to emails in a timely manner.

Beginning immediately ALL communication to our parish family will come via email and our parish website:  mqpcatholic.org.  Please visit our website often for any updates. We will continue to communicate via eblast as often as information becomes available to us as well.  If you have a life and death emergency, please call our emergency number: 763-428-9283.

Sunday envelopes can be placed in either of our black mailboxes located in the Church Avenue cul-de-sac.  Please be sure to use the slot behind the outgoing mail slot.

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Thank you to the parishioners who have already elected Online Giving during this time of uncertainty.   Click here to sign up for on-line donation   and select “DONATE ON-LINE NOW”.  You will be then directed to create a profile and complete your on-time or recurring payment.  If you have questions on how to set up an account, please call the Parish Office 763-428-2585.

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March 19, 2020

Dear Mary Queen of Peace Parishioners and Friends!

You are all valued and treasured.  During this difficult time while we are physically separated from one another, we need one another even more.  So let us count on each other to care for the needs of our community by praying for one another, our country and our world.  Our faith is such a wonderful treasure in all times.  God remains with us during our trials.  We are special to God, made in his own image.

Mass continues to be offered, albeit without a congregation.  The parish office hours remain the same and we continue to serve the needs of our community.  Confessions will be available this Saturday at 4 p.m. at Saint Walburga and again next Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Saint Martin.  Please practice good social distancing in the confession line and respect the privacy of the penitent.

We all long for the day when this crisis will pass, and we resume to the routine of parish life.  We promise to communicate as necessary and as information is shared with us.

God bless,

Father Michael Kaluza and the Parish and School Staff

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March 18, 2020 – UPDATED 6:05pm

Dear Mary Queen of Peace Parishioners,

We have just received an email from Archbishop Hebda regarding the immediate suspension of regularly scheduled public Masses in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.   Click here to read his letter https://www.archspm.org/archbishop-hebda-suspends-masses-in-archdiocese-of-saint-paul-and-minneapolis/
In accordance, Mary Queen of Peace has suspended daily and weekend Masses effective immediately, until a time we are informed otherwise.
Please continue to pray for all of those who have died, those who are sick and those who are caring for them here in Minnesota, in the United States and around the world.

ALL parish events are cancelled until notified

Adoration Chapel News: UPDATED 3/18 6:05PM

Given the communication from the Archbishop at 6:05 pm, the Adoration Chapel will close this evening at 10:00pm and remain closed until further notice.

(The Chapels are found in: Alabama, Argentina, Arizona, England, Florida, Illinois,
Ireland, Kentucky, Lithuania, New York, Pennsylvania, Poland, Tennessee)

Miscellaneous:

As we walk together on this journey, we could really use your assistance.  As we meet the needs of those around us, we continue to:

  • Pay our staff so they can meet the needs of parish and school families and support their families.
  • Pay the light bill, electric bill, and so much more to maintain our property.

 Envelopes that would typically be given during Sunday offertory can be mailed or dropped off at the parish office during the week, or you can donate online on the parish website by following the steps below.

 Click here to sign up for on-line donation   and select “DONATE ON-LINE NOW”.  You will be then directed to create a profile and complete your on-time or recurring payment.  If you have questions on how to set up an account, please call the Parish Office 763-428-2585.

Mary Queen of Peace, Pray for Us!!

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March 15, 2020

Dear Parishioners, As you may have heard, Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 20-02, authorizing the temporary closure of Minnesota K-12 public schools to students in order for school administrators and teachers to make long-term plans for the continuity of education and essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In consultation with ISD 728, all schools in the district, including Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School and Preschool will be closed starting Monday, March 16.

Mary Queen of Peace Precautions –  (We will continue to update via email and our website mqpcatholic.org as more information becomes available)

Parish office At the present time, will remain open during office hours.

Faith Formation – Classes will be cancelled Wednesday, March 18th and Wednesday, March 25th.  Another email will be sent after March 25th with an update.

Parish Meetings/Events – All evening events and meetings will be cancelled effective immediately through March 27th.  An email to update will be sent with an update.

Weekend Masses

  • Masses will continue to be celebrated as scheduled.
  • Highly recommended that Holy Communion should be received by hand only to reduce the spread of germs.
  • If you believe attending Mass poses a risk to yourself or others, you have the freedom not to attend until further notice. Missing Mass under these circumstances is not considered sin.
  • All of the faithful should continue to observe Sunday as a holy day by making a spiritual communion while watching or listening to the Mass.

 Daily Masses

Will be celebrated as scheduled; HOWEVER, due to school being cancelled March 16th – March 27th, Wednesday through Friday daily Mass will be at 8:00am at St. Walburga.

Please continue to pray for the full recovery of the Minnesotans and around the world who have been diagnosed with COVID-19/coronavirus.

If you have any questions, please contact the parish office 763-428-2585.

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March 18 – Call for Fasting, Abstinence and Prayer

Archbishop Hebda has called for all Catholics in the Archdiocese to join him in a special day of fasting, abstinence, and prayer invoking God’s help in these challenging days for our Archdiocese, our country and the world this Wednesday, March 18. On that day, all Catholics who are ordinarily bound to observe fast and abstinence on Ash Wednesday are called to prayerfully make this same sacrifice on the day of fast.

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Cancellations:  

 All choirs CANCELLED for the remainder of March

Updated March 15:  All evening events and meetings with be cancelled effective immediately through March 27th.  An email to update will be sent with an update.

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March 13, 2020

Dear Faithful of Mary Queen of Peace

Due to the increasing number of confirmed cases of COVID19/coronavirus in Minnesota, Archbishop Bernard Hebda this week announced his decision to dispense all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass, until further notice. A link to the Archbishop’s letter is below

Despite the Sunday Mass dispensation, Archbishop Hebda provided some simple ways to stay spiritually connected to the Church and each other, like participating in a special fast this Wednesday, March 18, and other important ways to increase our spiritual devotion during Lent. We are here to support your spiritual journey and continue delivering the latest updates during this challenging time. Here’s how you can stay involved

  • Monitor our parish website and social media for prayer intentions, news and event updates.
  • Watch for emails with the latest information and if you are not currently receiving emails from us, contact the parish office. Participate in electronic giving to support our ongoing ministries and operations.

Right now, the parish staff and leadership team are working together to determine the course of our large group gatherings. We are checking with vendors and local public health experts to make sure we have the best and latest information. We will prayerfully consider that information and together make prudent decisions, and communicate those decisions to you, our parish family. 

We thank you for your support and faithfulness to our parish community. We are confident that together, with God’s help and guidance, we will make it through this time of uncertainty. 

Sincerely, 

Father Michael Kaluza, Staff and Parish Leadership 

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 GALA POSTPONED – March 13, 2020

Dear Parents and Friends of Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church and School,

Out of an abundance of caution amid Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns and recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) regarding the limiting of attendees at gatherings, it saddens us to inform you that we will be postponing the 2020 Mary Queen of Peace St. Patrick’s Day Gala this weekend. Please note, this is a precautionary move against the spread of the virus; there are no known exposures or cases of the virus at Mary Queen of Peace as of today.

Information and recommendations for churches and schools pertaining to the COVID-19 virus are rapidly evolving and we will continue our daily efforts to monitor the situation. We are maintaining contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), and the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis. As information and recommendations unfold, we will continue to keep everyone updated, and take the necessary precautions and actions.

The Gala is an event that everyone looks forward to and enjoys, as well as raises significant money for the school. The Gala committee is diligently working on an alternative plan and we look forward to celebrating with you in the future.

We appreciate your understanding and ask you to join us in praying for a swift and lasting remedy to our present trials.

Peace,

Mrs. Hamill, Principal, Father Michael Kaluza, MQP Gala Committee

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Click here to read LETTER FROM ARCHBISHOP HEBDA DATED 3/12/20 dispensing the faithful of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis from their Sunday Mass obligation 

 

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