A Blessed and Most Joyful Easter to Everyone!

The Saturday Vigil Mass will begin at about 7:00 PM. I hope that many will unite themselves in spirit to the blessing of the Easter candle and the many other symbolic and holy ceremonies which unite us to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Even as we suffer the limitations temporarily imposed by the coronavirus, let us remember all those in the Church oppressed by brutal regimes of communism or Islam throughout the world, especially those who are rarely or never able to have Mass or receive the sacraments, and have no reason to hope that will change any time soon. We still have much to be thankful for.

I will celebrate a private Easter Mass in the rectory at 9:00 AM, leaving the church open for those who want to pray. In response to the requests I have received to somehow slip in for a private Mass in the church or rectory, I deeply regret that I am unable to permit that. Beginning with Good Friday, I am offering my holy communions for all the members of the parish, because you cannot go yourselves. Please make a spiritual communion at least once a day.

In a few countries in Europe a small decrease in restrictions has been announced. This gives us hope that once our own shelter-in has been successful enough, we too will see restrictions begin to loosen. In the meantime, as we did officially at the Good Friday service, we should pray for our Church and government leaders as they guide us in new and difficult times.

One visitor to St. Rose parish was diagnosed with Covid-19. His visit was on Sunday, April 5th, his diagnosis was on Tuesday, April 7th. Fortunately, he was among those who very carefully followed all the guidelines posted about taking a wet disinfectant wipe with him and wiping down everything he touched, including the place he sat. I urge all of you to do this every time, no matter how inconvenient it is to you. Many lives could be saved by this simple courtesy. Remember that our children and elderly are the most vulnerable. However, as we saw in today's news, even a 20 year old and a 30 year old are among the newly deceased in Illinois (68 total persons died yesterday in our state, for a total of 596 so far).

If you know of people who do not use the internet and are from our parish, please keep them updated on our latest news. We will begin this Wednesday making bulletins and mailing them to all who have no access to our web site. If you know someone who should be on that list, please email the parish that information.

-- Fr. Portzer



Announcements for Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020

A limited number of blessed palms will be available throughout the day on Palm Sunday in the church.

A novena to the Divine Mercy will start on Good Friday. Copies of the novena will be available in the church in advance of the novena.

The Litany of the Sacred Heart will be prayed by Cardinal Gomez on Good Friday at 11:00 am Central Time, and all who pray the same litany then may receive a plenary indulgence under the following conditions:

  1. true repentance for your sins
  2. confession your sins at your earliest opportunity
  3. pray for the intentions of the pope

Please remember that Bishop Paprocki has encouraged us to make spiritual communions. During these unusual weeks which lie ahead please do not let you or your family deteriorate spiritually. Remember the old sayings which apply especially to the youth: idle hands are the devil's workshop, and an idle mind is the devil's playground. Extra time is such a blessing! Now is the time for healthy family time, common praying of the rosary, common meals, and recreation together as a family. Board and card games are much better for building the family than are electronic games. The internet is not a safe babysitter. Now is also a good time for everyone to make their way through one or more wholesome books. It is important to accept the current situation out of respect for the common good, while also seeing it as coming to our civilization from the hands of God. Resignation to the will of God is an important lesson to pass along to youth at this time. Life never will be the way we want it to be, but it will always be good for our souls if we accept things in the right way.

Thank you to all who are giving support money to the parish, even though the parish is not able to do as much as it usually does for you. Those who have urgent needs are encouraged to make them known to the parish.

St. Rose Announcements for May 26th, 2020

1) Stations of the Cross booklets may be taken from the church for as long as church services are discontinued. You can pray them along with the online recording found on our sermons list.

2) Copies of the Prayer in Time of Epidemics, taken from the traditional Roman Ritual, may be taken home for daily use also.

3) Stay up to date on what the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is saying and doing through dio.org.

4) For live traditional latin masses, you may visit livemass.net.

5) Be very sure to increase your personal and family prayer during this time, remembering those who have died and are dying, and to practice resignation to God's will. In your charity remember also to pray for Donna Bergbower, the mother of Fr. Dan Bergbower of this diocese. She died yesterday, the feast of the Annunciation.

March 25th Announcements

St. Rose of Lima Schedule Beginning March 25, 2020, Lasting Until Further Notice

Church Open Daily 7am - 7pm every day


  • Sunday: 7:30 and 10:30 for at least 30 minutes, longer if necessary
  • Tuesday: No confessions
  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 12:00 Noon for at least 30 minutes, longer if necessary

I thank everyone for their patience as the days without Mass, Benediction and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Continue. Please Remember to pray for our church and government leaders, those who have died and are dying, often without being ready to die, and for their loved ones. Pray also for our health care workers.

While we are doing well in Quincy, Springfield and nearby counties, things are not good in Chicago and St. Louis. Illinois added 250 new cases yesterday, and 330 today. A total of 19 have died in our state.

If your children don't understand a pandemic, this YouTube video may help them. A Catholic homeschool Mom forwarded it to me:


Fr. Portzer

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