COVID Updates

Welcome to St. Raymond of Peñafort Parish, Fall Creek Wisconsin!

Let’s talk about the Vaccine

Read Father’s article about the Morality of the COVID vaccine here!

U.S. Bishops’ cite ethical problem with Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine The U.S. Bishops, citing the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, have judged that, if one can choose among equally safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, the vaccine with the least connection to abortion-derived cell lines should be chosen. While the vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna did use an abortion-derived cell line for testing, they did not use the problematic cell line in their vaccine development and production. By contrast, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was developed, tested and produced with abortion-derived cell lines, raising additional moral concerns. Therefore, if one has the ability to choose a vaccine, Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccines should be chosen over Johnson & Johnson’s. Sadly, when it comes to a number of vital vaccines–such as the one for Rubella–there is no other choice than either to make use of a tainted vaccine or to forgo vaccination altogether. For a broader discussion, visit diolc.org/respect-life and click on the tab for “COVID Vaccines-Ethics.”  

Latest Status (as of August 9, 2020)

  1. Masses are now open to the public. Saturday at 6:00pm, Sunday at 8:30am. Each will also be live streamed on our Facebook page. Our trained volunteers will be taking several precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Seating capacity will be limited due to social distancing. If desiring to attend, please arrive early and follow instructions. Please consider wearing a mask for the protection of others. We may be directing overflow to the parish hall to participate via live stream ( and have Communion brought there).
  2. No Sunday Obligation. At this time, Catholics in our diocese are not obligated to come to Sunday Mass. Please consider staying at home if you are elderly or otherwise at-risk for dying of COVID-19. You can tune into our live stream or to the Channel 18 Mass and make a spiritual communion.
  3. Weekday Masses now also open to the public. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8am. Both will also be live streamed.
  4. Confessions. The Sacrament of Confession is available in the library, Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:00pm.
  5. Church Locking / Unlocking. The church will now be locked for sanitizing on Saturday and Sunday aside from the Mass times. We will continue to be unlocked Monday-Wednesday & Friday 9:00am-5:00pm, Thursday 9:00am-9:00pm for private prayer or to drop off your donation envelope. Please practice social distancing (6 feet or more), consider wearing a mask. If you feel ill or have a fever, please stay home.
  6. Offertory Giving. Even if you cannot come to Mass, we still very much need and appreciate your support. Ways to keep giving: (a) Drop off your envelope; (b) Mail in your donation (E10455 Mallard Road Fall Creek, WI 54742); or give online now.
  7. Office Hours. Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to Noon.

Spiritual Communion

Until you are once again able to go to communion in person, please take the time to make a spiritual communion, praying for all the same blessings and graces from the Lord. You can use these or similar words:

Lord Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. I profess that Holy Communion feeds me with your flesh and blood, heals me of my spiritual sickness, and gives me ever deeper life as a member of your Body, united with the men and women of every time and place who share in this great Communion.

Even if I cannot at this time receive you sacramentally, I desire deeply to receive you into my heart and to be received into your Sacred Heart. I long to be fully alive as a member of your Body, intimately close to you and to all the other members, with whom I am called to share eternal life.

Jesus, I confess that my heart sometimes resists this great Communion of Love. I recognize that your Love, Jesus, is infinitely greater than my own, and I beg you for the freedom and courage to be plunged into the great ocean of your Love. Lead me ever more deeply into the union that you have with your Father, and which you so deeply desire to share with each and all of us. Help me to set aside my self-reliance and self-protection and allow my heart to be transformed by your Love today.

Jesus, I also confess and recognize that my heart sometimes resists Communion with the other members of your Body, especially those who have harmed me, those who do not understand me, those whom I do not understand, those who disagree with me, or those who are different from me. I renew my commitment to be one with each and all of them in your great Love.

Jesus, Divine Physician, heal whatever in my heart blocks out this great Communion.

Jesus, Shepherd of Souls, lead me to good pastures, and nourish me with the strength I need today. Lead me to living waters and help me to drink deeply from this saving stream that brings such great gladness. May my soul never stop hungering and thirsting for union with you until the day when we are all perfectly united in your Love, and you become All in All.

Amen.