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We invite you to learn more about our faith community, and welcome you to celebrate the Eucharist with us.
Fr. Matthew Kuhn
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St. Henry's Mission Statement
We, the members of St. Henry’s Parish of Perham, MN, are a Catholic Faith Community of the Diocese of St. Cloud, guided by the Holy Spirit and the Gospel of Jesus Christ to build God’s kingdom here on Earth.
As disciples of Christ, we commit ourselves to love one another, to pray together, celebrate the sacraments, serve the individual and family needs of all God’s people, carry out Catholic education programs for youth and adults, and attend to the material needs of our parish.
First time users can now enroll on the Ministry Scheduler Pro System to volunteer in any of the scheduled ministries online. Before being scheduled, the enrollment has to be seen and approved by Michael Mettler. He may contact you for clarification. Thank you for your interest in our ministries!
School Expansion Project
One example of a Spiritual Communion from
St. Alphonsus Ligouri:
My Jesus, I believe that Thou art present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love Thee above all things and I desire Thee in my soul. Since I cannot now receive Thee sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though Thou wert already there, I embrace Thee and unite myself wholly to Thee; permit not that I should ever be separated from Thee. Amen.
Join us in this prayer to St. Roch for all those who are suffering from sicknesses
Prayer to St. Roch
O Blessed, Saint Roch,
Patron of the sick,
Have pity on those
Who lie upon a bed of suffering
Your power was so great
When you were in this world,
That by the sign of the Cross,
Many were healed of their diseases.
Now that you are in heaven,
Your power is not less.
Offer, then, to God
Our sighs and tears
And obtain for us that health we seek
Through Christ our Lord.
For more prayers for the suffering click HERE
Mass for Sunday, August 2nd, 2020
COVID-19 Protocols for Holy Mass in our Parishes
25 July 2020, Feast of Saint James the Apostle
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus,
Bishop Kettler has asked us to mandate face coverings for all in attendance at public liturgies in our parishes. This amends our previously published plan for public liturgies. As before, these regulations are subject to change. The latest updates are always available at www.parishfaith.com and www.stcdio.org/coronavirus-update/. Your cooperation with these protocols ensures that we can continue to celebrate the Sacraments publicly and I am grateful for your patience and charity at this time.
I remind you that all Catholics in the Diocese of Saint Cloud remain dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days until further notice. Masses will continue to be available on Lakes 99.5 FM Radio (live 8:00 a.m. Sundays), TV Channel 14 (10:30 a.m. Mondays), and the St. Henry’s Church YouTube channel for your remote participation. If you are feeling ill, please remain at home.
Our pews in both churches are marked off to six-foot distances between families. We are allowed to fill 50% of our total capacity, or 250 people, at present. Please respect the marked barriers, especially as we process forward for Holy Communion, and follow the directions of the ushers. Please arrive early, as our seating capacity may fill up quickly. Be aware of the other Masses available in our neighboring parishes, at Sacred Heart in Dent, St. Lawrence in Rush Lake, and Sacred Heart in Frazee.
You are required to wear face coverings at liturgies, but they must be removed when receiving Communion. We ask that you bring your own masks, as our available supply is limited. If a medical condition or other legitimate cause prevents you from wearing a mask or other face covering, you may be asked to sit at a greater distance from other members of the congregation. Please be considerate and kind to the ushers and other volunteers.
You are encouraged to use the available hand sanitizer before and after Mass. Handwashing with soap and water is also acceptable. All distributors of Holy Communion will sanitize their hands before and after distribution.
We are not using hymnals at this time. You are encouraged to bring your own Missalette or similar book (Magnificat, Give Us This Day, etc.) to follow along with the readings and the order of the Mass.
Holy Water is available in individual bottles in the entry of each church. Our fonts in the churches remain empty at this time.
We are unable to celebrate Mass at Perham Living Care Center at the present time. In its place, we offer a special Friday 1:00 p.m. Mass each week for people who are over the age of 60 and those most vulnerable to COVID-19 infection. Greater sanitation and social distancing precautions are taken at this special Mass. This is another opportunity for the reception of Holy Communion for those who are participating from home during our Sunday liturgies.
Weddings and Funeral Masses have their own special procedures. Please contact our office for more information, as these regulations change more frequently.
I know that these regulations can be a source of frustration for many of us, so I ask that we maintain Christian charity in our implementation of them at liturgies and in our discussions about them both in public and private. Again, I am grateful for your patience and understanding.
Sincerely in Christ,
Father Matthew Kuhn
Church of the Holy Cross, Butler
Church of Saint Henry, Perham
Mass Guidelines Update by Father Matthew, July 25, 2020