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COVID-19 Update

Tuesday, March 17, 2020


Dear St. Francis Xavier Community,


Our nation has been faced with an unprecedented national health emergency requiring social distancing to combat and flatten the curve of COVID-19. Late yesterday, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Parish received word that the Bishop has suspended public celebrations of Mass in the Diocese of Madison. We know this poses many questions. Please see below for our most frequently asked questions and feel free to call the office if we can assist you in any way.




Will Mass be celebrated?

Yes. Private Masses will be said at parishes throughout the Diocese daily, especially on Sundays. Many will be streamed live and archived for later playback.  The Bishop will be saying a Mass on Sundays that will be streamed live as well.

Please connect with Mass via Channel 3, Relevant Radio or a live stream from a parish within the Diocese. 


Will Father want and or need music, lectors, servers and other ministers?

No, this will be a private Mass.  All the faithful should stay at home.


How do I make a spiritual Communion?

Please read this helpful information provided by our Diocese. Spiritual Communion


Will the Church be open to pray during the day?

Yes, at this time we are planning to keep the Church open for prayer.  There is a maximum capacity of NO more than ten people in the church at one time. We kindly ask you to leave and come back at a later time if there are more than ten people in the church praying.  Please practice social distancing.


Will there be Adoration?

Yes, adoration will be held from 1-5pm on Tuesdays. We must follow the ten person policy and social distancing.


What is social distancing?

Please respect the space of others around you by keeping at least six feet between you and other people in the Church.  For more on this topic and the prevention tips. Please click here.


Will there be stations of the Cross?

No, it is cancelled.


How do I receive the sacrament of reconciliation?

Private confessions will be heard from 4pm-5pm on Saturdays.  However, no more than 10 people in the Church at a time while continuing to practice social distancing. 


Will the parish office be open?

Our Parish Office has stopped face to face operations. Please call (608)798-0100 or email ( if you are in need of assistance.


Will the school office be open?

No.  If you need assistance, contact the Parish Office.

How do I give my donation or offertory gift?

Donations can be mailed, made online or dropped off at the secure, copper mailbox to the left of the parish office doors.

You may mail it to:

St. Francis Xavier Parish

2947 Thinnes St.

Cross Plains, WI 53528


Donate online.