Welcome!

Mary, Mother of the Church is an active, prayerful, celebrating, Catholic community in La Crosse, Wisconsin. We invite you to visit our parish family. You are welcome here! Our Masses are at 4:00 Saturday, 8:00 and 10:00 Sunday. Come share in our parish prayer.

Parish Study on Racism Starts July 16

In November 2018, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approved a new pastoral letter on racism, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love. In their letter, they invited all people of faith to “join us in striving for the end of racism in all its forms, that we may walk together humbly with God and with all of our brothers and sisters in a renewed unity.”

In light of recent events in our nation, sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, are you feeling a desire to learn more about the effects of systemic racism in our nation or an urge to be part of a dialogue about racism grounded in the teachings of the Catholic Church? Come join us for a 5-part learning and discussion dialogue beginning Thursday, July 16th and continuing each Thursday until the final meeting on August 13th. Meetings will begin at 6:00p in the parish hall and last for about an hour. All handouts will be provided (and available here online). You may wish to bring a pen and paper.

The evenings will be led by Peter and Kellie Schmitz who have been members of MMOC since 2001. They have worked with a wide range of individuals in their educational careers, have attended many conferences and trainings about social justice, and continue on their journey of learning, sharing, and working towards equity for all.

Guidelines for Public Daily Mass

We have resumed public celebration of daily Masses! Please note the following details and safety measures:

  • Everyone at any age is welcome. If you feel unwell or uncomfortable, please stay home.
  • Everyone must wear a mask. Masks are available in the gathering space.
  • Church doors will be unlocked at 7:00a, 30 minutes before Mass.
  • Enter through the main (east) entrance, either door on the north parking lot, or the west entrance into the parish hall
  • Please be seated in the pews on each side of the center aisle. Please do not use the pews on the side aisles.
  • While practicing physical distancing, please sit as near the front as possible. This reduces the number of pews needing to be sanitized.
  • Please use only the restrooms in the church, not those in the parish hall.
  • After Mass ends, please lower your kneeler so we know which pews need to be sanitized.
  • Please exit the church promptly after Mass so our Greeters can sanitize the church.
  • Church doors will be locked at 8:15a and will remain locked for the day. The church will not be open for private prayer because of sanitation requirements.
  • On Wednesdays, the main entrance will be unlocked at 3:30p for Confessions at 4:00 to 5:00p in the mother's room.
  • We will continue to offer daily Mass on our YouTube channel until the end of July.

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update

Our return to public celebration of Masses seems to be a success. More people are coming, the mood is good, people are cooperating with our precautions (watch the video), our new Greeters are amazing, and the weather has been gorgeous. Everyone has to make their own decision about when they feel comfortable to return. We hope that our brothers and sisters in Christ will gradually feel more confidence in the safety measures that we are taking. Latest news is in our July 12 bulletin (PDF).

The Sunday obligation is still suspended and at-risk people may stay home. So we will continue to provide televised Sunday Mass on our YouTube channel for the foreseeable future. Televised Mass on KQEG will also be aired at 4:00p Saturdays and 10:00a on Sundays. Set your television to 23.1 (if you use an antenna), Charter channel 5, CenturyLink 4, or AcenTek 12.

Our musicians have recorded a lovely new song by Fr. Michael Joncas, Shelter Me: A Prayer-Song in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Sr. Kathy has been coordinating outreach with phone calls and help with running errands. Please contact Sr. Kathy if you'd like to help or if we can assist you. We are your parish family.

Take Control of Your Giving

We have switched our Online Giving platform to the We Share program operated by our bulletin publisher, Liturgical Publications, Inc. Here is some information provided by LPI:

Mary, Mother of the Church Parish has made Online Giving available for our weekly offerings, as well as other parish collections. Donating is simple, safe, and secure and takes less than five minutes.

You will be able to give to any of our collections and view complete financial records at any time. Set up a one-time or recurring donation by following these three easy steps:

1. Click on the Online Giving link.
2. Select the collection you wish to donate to and click to make a donation.
3. Enter your payment information.

That is it. You can return at any time to edit your donation or to view your financial records.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Which payment methods are accepted?
A: Contributions from checking accounts, savings accounts, debit cards, and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) are all accepted.

Q: Do parishioners receive receipts for their donations?
A: Yes, all contributors enrolled for online giving will receive receipts via e-mail.

Q: What if parishioners feel uncomfortable not having something to physically drop into the collection basket?
A: We provide printable donation slips that can be placed into the collection basket.

Q: Is WeShare safe?
A: Yes. We implement the safest security standards for online transactions and your privacy is protected at all times. We are certified with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS) as a Level 1 Service Provider.

Q: How can I enroll and start donating?
A: Click on this Online Giving link or call the parish office for more information.

Keeping in Touch with the myParish App

There's a convenient very way to keep in touch with your faith and your parish family. Please take a moment to install MMOC's app on your phone or tablet. (Visit mmoc.mobi and touch iPhone or Android. The app is free.) You'll enjoy quick access to all these resources:

  • Never miss your parish bulletin!
  • Winter weather alerts
  • Quick access to the official parish calendar
  • Pray the daily readings and access a library of traditional prayers
  • Watch video homilies by Fr. Konopa and Dn. Sage (CC)

Formed is a New Offering at MMOC

Formed is an online Catholic library that allows you to watch, listen, and read. Anywhere, anytime.
--Pulling together the best in Catholic movies, children's programming, audio dramas and books, Formed provides a trusted and engaging entertainment alternative in support of a Catholic lifestyle.
--Formed has Bible studies, sacramental prep materials, documentaries, books and audio talks from leading Catholic experts.
--Material is accessed through our parish subscription—without any additional fee—via your mobile (iOS or Android), tablet, or connected TV device (Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, OBOX, Chromecast, etc.).
--Enabling content on the go with offline playback on your mobile phone or tablet.
A few easy steps from your laptop or desktop to register:
1. Visit formed.org
2. "How would you like to sign up?" Select: "I belong to a Parish or Organization."
3. It will ask you to "Create a new Account." As you type our parish name, you will see a pop up: "Mary Mother of the Church." Please click the option with our address: "2006 Weston St. La Crosse WI."
4. Enter your name and your personal email address.
That's it! No password is needed. An extra option is to add Formed as an app on your mobile device.

Using the Parish Hall

In response to many requests, MMOC has adopted a policy (PDF) about using our new hall and education center for parish and other events. If you would like to hold an event at MMOC, please complete our request form and send it to the parish office.

MMOC on Facebook

Please visit our Facebook page for photos and news of MMOC events. Please give the page a "like" and "follow" so you will be notified when there is news.

Please Let Us Know When Someone is in the Hospital

When you or someone you love is in the hospital, we'd like to visit you, pray with you, and bring you the sacraments. However, due to ever tighter regulations at our area hospitals, they will no longer inform us when one of our parish family is in the hospital. Please have someone call us at 788-5483, ext. 2. Thank you.

Homily Videos are Captioned

Video recordings of homilies at MMOC are now available; click "Homilies" near the top of this page. You can also get the videos on your phone via our app. The videos are closed-captioned (CC) for our sisters and brothers in Christ who have a hearing loss.

Diocese of La Crosse Guidelines for Reporting Instances of Child Abuse

The Diocese of La Crosse, through its policies and procedures, seeks to provide a prompt, appropriate and compassionate response to reporters of sexual abuse of a child by any diocesan agent (employee, volunteers, vendors, religious or clergy). Anyone wishing to make a report of an allegation of sexual abuse should send that report to the Most Reverend William Patrick Callahan, Bishop of La Crosse, at the Diocese of La Crosse, P.O. Box 4004, La Crosse, WI 54602-4004. Alternatively, you can contact Mrs. Karen Becker, Victim Assistance Ministry, 608-519-8002 or kbecker@cclse.org. The reporting form is available through the Diocese of La Crosse Office of the Vicar for Clergy or on the diocesan website at: www.diolc.org . Individuals are also encouraged to take their reports directly to civil authorities. Copies of the diocesan policy are available through your local parish and on the diocesan website. If you have any questions about the Diocese of La Crosse and the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, please contact Teresa Brown, Diocese of La Crosse, at (608) 791-2679; or tbrown@diolc.org

    

Events

Thu July 16:  Join Kellie and Peter Schmitz 6:00p in the parish hall for a dialogue on racism and Catholic teaching, "Open Wide Our Hearts." Continues Thursdays into August. Session materials are available here online.

Fri July 17:  Drive-up Scrip Day! Stop by the Weston Street entrance (parish office) 8:00a to 3:00p to buy scrip and/or donate food or paper goods to Catholic Charities.

Sat-Sun July 18-19:  16th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Masses at our usual times. Everyone, including people 65 and up, is welcome to attend.
● Mass on KQEG-TV at 4:00 Saturday and 10:00 Sunday.

Fri July 31:  Live-streaming of daily morning Mass ends.

Mon-Sun Aug 17-23:  MMOC delivers Mobile Meals. Contact Sue Moyle to volunteer (wsmoyle@gmail.com or 787-0076).


    
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Mary, Mother of the Church is a Catholic parish family located in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

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