Limited Return to Public Masses

Posted on May 21, 2020 in: From the Pastor

Limited Return to Public Masses

Dear St Max Parishioners

You have no doubt heard that the Archbishop has said we may resume Mass! What an exciting time! Thank you for your patience, flexibility and prayers during this long hiatus. The bishops of Minnesota made it clear that parishes should only return to a limited public celebration of the Mass when the many protocols established by the Archdiocese can be met and maintained. So, as much as we want to just storm the church doors, it isn’t going to quite look like that. I know we are all chomping at the bit to get back to the Eucharist, and we are doing our best as a staff to roll things out incrementally in stages, to ensure that we meet all of the Archdiocesan safety protocols. 

At this time, we will continue live-streaming Mass on our Facebook page on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM, and complete our already scheduled 1st Communion Masses, then we will do some limited Masses on May 31st and June 7th to make sure that we and our ushers have our crowd control and cleaning procedures down, and then open it up so that families can sign up for one Mass per month starting June 14th. Once those public Masses begin, parishioners must sign up ahead of time and follow all safety regulations. We will start slow and small, and increase as we are able and as we are directed by the Archdiocese. We appreciate your patience during this challenging time.

We will provide you with updates to our parish’s plans as they are available; updates will be made through our parish website ( and through the weekly emails sent on Friday mornings.  (If you do not receive our parish emails and would like to receive them, please call the parish office at 763-972-2077 to be added to the email list.)  

Please know that the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues; no one is obliged to attend even when we reopen the churches for public celebration.

Please continue to pray for those affected by COVID-19 and an end to the pandemic. 

The full letter from the Catholic Bishops can be read here: Catholic Bishops Letter May 20, 2020

In Christ, 

Fr Kowalczyk

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