June 19, 2020 – Bishop Kettler’s letter to pastors

June 19, 2020 Dear Pastor, Over the course of the last week, the Minnesota Department of Health issued updated guidance for faith communities, including requirements for providing food and beverages for onsite consumption. Instituting these new provisions will require thoughtful planning, and they will need to be incorporated into each parish’s preparedness plan. As we…

June 5, 2020 — Bishop Kettler letter to pastors

June 5, 2020 Dear Pastor, Today, Gov. Walz announced that faith communities may hold worship services at 50% capacity (a change from the current 25%) with a 250-person limit, whichever is less, starting June 10. We will update our diocesan protocols to be in line with this change. Thank you for observing all of our…

June 4, 2020 – Bishop Kettler’s letter to the pastors

June 2, 2020 Dear Pastor, I’m writing to address a concern I have about the faithful choosing not to wear masks during liturgies. I witnessed not everyone using them at a recent liturgy I celebrated. As you know, our diocesan protocols/guidelines for the resumption of larger public Masses recommend, but don’t require, members of the…

May 29, 2020 – Bishop Kettler’s letter to the pastors

Dear Pastors, I want to address a few matters that have transpired over the course of the last week: As you know, on Tuesday, it was announced that the diocese and survivors of clergy sexual abuse reached agreement on a framework to resolve all abuse claims against the diocese and parishes. In the next couple…

May 23, 2020 – FAQ about the new executive order

FAQ about the new executive order and forthcoming guidance for re-opening places of worship   Q:  When does the executive order (EO) take effect? A:  The EO takes effect Wednesday, May 27, 2020.   Q:  How many people does the new executive order allow to gather inside a church? A: The EO states that in…

May 15, 2020 – Bishop Kettler’s letter to pastors

Dear Pastor, For the last several weeks I have been consulting with the other bishops of Minnesota on plans to prepare for the opening of public Masses in our parishes after Governor Walz’s stay-at-home order expires May 18. During this time, the bishops have proactively engaged public officials about the importance of some limited opening…

May 9, 2020 – Bishop Kettler’s letter to pastors

Dear Pastors, During the past week, I have been involved in many discussions about the best ways to slowly resume public worship in our churches. As I’ve said before, this needs to be a gradual process. Allowing churches to reopen for individual prayer and adoration was a small step in this direction. But health authorities…

May 1, 2020 – Bishop Kettler’s letter to pastors

Dear pastor, Today, I participated in the livestream of Archbishop Gomez’s reconsecration of our nation to our Our Lady under the title of Mary, Mother of the Church. I hope you were able to participate as well. During this time of trial, the Blessed Mother offers us her gift of hope and protection. As you…