3/28/2020 Post

Dear Friends,

Thus far I have had Holy Communion “drive through style” following private Mass during the pandemic. If you can go to a drive through or get carry out for regular food why not for the Holy Eucharist which is also food – literally and spiritually?

But I have come down with a cold, which for me has manifested itself primarily as nasal congestion. I also have a minor sore throat, but have no trouble swallowing, I have coughed only mildly and very occasionally. I have not had any fever, or shortness of breath, or chest pains.

For this reason, and because of the “Stay at Home” order I will refrain from giving Holy Communion at this time. The times I had announced for “Drive Through Style Holy Communion” and the Confession times this weekend on Facebook and our website are no longer valid.

We should not self-diagnose. I may just have a garden variety cold. Yet, the whole reason for the “Stay at Home” order is to give our Health Care Workers the means to treat those with serious illness due to CoviD-19 without being overwhelmed.

If there was no Covid-19 virus causing potentially fatal results, these symptoms I am manifesting would not typically result in me refraining from saying public Mass or distributing communion after washing my hands and sanitizing them with Purell or Thieves sanitizer.

But there is this virus. Given what I am experiencing were I to call my doctor I doubt they would recommend a test for Covid-19, as they are reserving tests for those with serious symptoms. Yet, I can not in good conscience put anyone at risk due to a lack of knowledge or presumption on my part that I only have a regular cold.

I apologize for any confusion due to the constantly changing circumstances. I do this reluctantly since a pastor of souls is meant to feed the flock, but I can not in good conscience put anyone at risk during this time, even if I only have a garden variety cold.

Be assured of my prayers and affection for all of you. Do check out the Mass Live-streams. These I can do by myself without putting anyone at risk. The Saturday morning live stream for March 28th, however, will be delayed however until mid-day.

Yours in the Heart of Christ,

Fr. Bryan J.B. Pedersen

3/27/2020 Post

Parish Office Coverage Change:  Due to the updated “Stay at Home” Executive Order 20-20 from Gov. Walz, the Parish Office will be closed beginning March 30-April 10, 2020.  The Business Administrator will be working on-site accepting mail and deliveries and responding to phone calls.  All other staff will be working remotely from home.  If you call (763-537-4561) and nobody is available to take your call, please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.  You can also e-mail any questions and/or concerns to [email protected] or [email protected].


For emergency Sacramental Needs – Last Rites call 763-290-0357 — Covid-19 protocols for anointing will be followed. Leave your name, number and reason for calling if not answered live. Non-sacramental emergencies will be answered through ordinary channels.


During the COVID-19 crisis, Sacred Heart’s Little Angel’s Childcare does have temporary spots available for any families who are in need of childcare. The age range during the pandemic is 12months – 10yrs. Please direct all inquiries to 763-537-4561 or 763-533-5059.


Rescheduled Fish Fry on April 3, 2020 has been canceled.  We do have cases of frozen fish for sale ($70 per case – includes ~35 pieces of Cod Filets).  Please contact the Parish Office 763-537-4561 if interested.


Archbishop Bernard Hebda invites the faithful to join in watching Pope Francis’ extraordinary blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world) Friday, March 27, at noon Central (6 p.m. Rome time). With this comes the opportunity for a plenary indulgence under certain conditions. Learn more: www.archspm.org/popeblessing


Here is information on how to receive the associated plenary indulgence, dependent upon a person’s situation: Coronavius Indulgence Handout (Grid)

3/24/2020 Post (all items below updated as of March 27)

Please note, we will not be mailing a bulletin until large groups can return to the campus. Future bulletins will be posted on our website. All other updates can be found on our website or through Facebook posts.

All public Masses have been suspended by Archbishop Hebda until April 10th (This could be extended). Private Mass without a congregation is being celebrated and live streamed on Facebook during this time.

See below in Divine Worship and Sacraments for updates (3/27/2020) to Live streaming schedule of Holy Mass, opportunities for Holy Communion and Confession, etc.

In General

  • If parishioners are in need of any assistance, please contact the parish office at 763-537-4561
  • Please follow both our website (www.shrmn.org) and Facebook (Church of the Sacred Heart @shrobbinsdale and Sacred Heart Catholic School @SHCSRobbinsdale) for all updates and other ways to stay connected to Sacred Heart Catholic Church and School during this time.
  • All activities and meetings have been canceled through April 10, 2020 at this time.
  • The Parish Office will remain open for those deemed essential workers, or those exempt from Gov. Walz executive order.  The main building will be closed to the public beginning March 23, 2020, with the exception of deliveries.  During the “Stay at Home” period from March 28th, 12:00 AM through April 10th, 5:00 PM we will be checking voicemails left on our general voice mailbox frequently.
  • Since many of you may revert to more on-line shopping, if you are shopping on Amazon, please shop through Amazon Smile or by using the link below.  Amazon donates .5% off the price of your purchase to support Sacred Heart during this challenging time. https://smile.amazon.com/ch/41-0834785
  • Click on these links from the MN Department of Health regarding current COVID-19 information.  MNDept of Health – COVID-19 and GeneralInfo COVID-19
  • We know that these are difficult times for everyone.  If you are able to continue with your offertory giving to Sacred Heart, please feel free to mail in  your contributions.  If you have not utilized our on-line capability, please go to our “Online Giving” button on the cover page of the website and follow these instructions.  It is a safe and secure way to give on-line.  Click here for detailed instruction from Vanco.  We certainly appreciate your continued support of Sacred Heart especially during this time and always.
  • Volunteer Opportunities:
    • See these links for volunteer opportunities arranged through the MN Department of Labor and Industry.  This organization provides great opportunities for people to volunteer and make a difference.  The Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response, Minnesota Department of Health, is asking that offers for help be funneled to these two places during the COVID-19 pandemic:
  • Litany in Time of Need:  Litany in Time of Need 2020
  • For published bulletins click here.
  • Visit shrmn.formed.org  for Catholic on Demand Media – from video to books to audio – for all ages
  • Please see below for further details about particular areas of Parish life:

Divine Worship and Sacraments

  • Holy Mass
    • All public celebrations of Mass are suspended in the Archdiocese. 
      • Click here to read the letter from Archbishop Hebda. 
      • Video Link:  https://youtu.be/VykL90-4PTY
    • Private celebration of Mass without a congregation will take place through live streaming on Facebook.
    • We are still experimenting with Vimeo and YouTube. Check back here for updates.
    • Like and Follow Church of the Sacred Heart on Facebook.
    • To have direct access to live streaming and recordings of Mass, and other videos messages.
      • Holy Mass Live streaming schedule (Private Mass without a congregation) as of March 24th, 2020:
        • Daily: Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00 AM
        • Saturday Vigil: 4:00 PM
        • Sunday Mornings:
          • 8:30 AM – English (Ordinary Form)
          • 11:00 AM – Latin (Extraordinary Form)
  • Holy Communion outside of Mass
    • Will be offered to Catholics following the private celebration of Mass. Holy Communion is both physical and spiritual food. Proper CDC recommendation regarding social distancing must be followed.
    • Drive Through/Take Out style in Vestibule at Door #8 in the W. Broadway Parking Lot. Enter the vestibule only if the doors are propped open. (See Instructions below schedule).
      • Schedule as of March 24th, 2020:
        • Daily: Tuesday – Saturday 8:40 – 9:00 AM
        • Saturday Vigil: 4:45 – 5:45 PM
        • Sundays: 9:30 – 10:30 AM and 12:30 – 1:30 PM
      • Instructions:
        • Enter from W. Broadway. Form car line(s) at the orange cones(s) at Door #8. One car at a time. When your car reaches the front of the line all exit from car and enter vestibule when door is propped open. Practice appropriate social distancing and follow public health guidelines. If sick stay at home. As you enter the vestibule use the hand sanitizing station. Sunday Offertory Envelopes/Donations may be dropped off in the basket. As your car leaves use the 40 1/2 Ave exit. Respect each other, follow instructions from the parking lot attendant if present.
  • Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
    • This sacrament must be celebrated in person. Proper CDC recommendations regarding social distancing must be followed.
    • Confessions during Pandemic in Vestibule at Door #8 in the W. Broadway Parking Lot. (See Instructions below schedule):
      • Schedule beginning March 24th, 2020:
        • Daily: Tuesday – Saturday 7:15 – 7:45 AM
        • Saturday 9:00 – 10: AM and 2:30 – 3:30 PM
        • By appointment for parishioners – please send an email to Fr. Pedersen.
      • Instructions:
        • Enter from W. Broadway Ave. Form car line(s) at the orange cone(s) at Door #8. When your turn comes, enter one by one at the door that is propped open. A priest is present when the candle is lit by the stand next to the violet curtain. Stand at violet curtain and begin confession.  If there is more than one person in your car all others should wait in the car while the confession is being heard to preserve the seal of confession. As the penitent leaves the vestibule the next person may exit from their car to enter.
  • Anointing of the Sick and/or Last Rites:
    • There are certain protocols that must be followed please send an email to Fr. Pedersen or call the emergency number 763-290-0357 to arrange.
  • Baptism: 
    • It is recommended that Baptism be delayed.
    • Baptism will be administered in danger of death.
    • If Baptism is celebrated certain protocols must be followed.
    • Send an email to Bunny Brouillard for more information.
  • Thursday Eucharistic Adoration:
    • On Thursdays Eucharistic Adoration will continue to take place from 9:00 AM until 8:00 PM at Door # 8.
    • Park your car in the space provided. Remain in your car. You will be able to see the Blessed Sacrament through the glass vestibule door.
    • The Rosary, Litany in Time of Need, and the Litany of the Sacred Heart will be offered at 7:30 PM concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
  • Funerals:
    • If possible, all funerals will be suspended until after the resumption of public masses. If funerals must occur a maximum of ten people will be allowed to be present. Graveside services for the committal of the body or cremains may still take place following Minnesota Department of Health guidelines.
    • If burial occurs without a funeral Mass, a special memorial Mass may take place with all family and friends with the resumption of public Masses.
  • Weddings:
    • Maintain social distancing (10 person maximum, 6 feet apart, no physical contact).
    • A small, sacramental ceremony could be celebrated now.
    • A special renewal of vows Mass or ceremony followed by a formal reception can be scheduled for after the pandemic has passed.

Sacred Heart Catholic School

Faith Formation

  • Sunday School is canceled until further notice.
  • Adult Ed Classes have been canceled until further notice.
  • Faith Formation classes are canceled until further notice.  In-home class packets have been sent home.  Please contact Morgan Timmerman at [email protected] for further information and/or to answer any questions.

Youth Ministry

  • All in person Youth Ministry is cancelled until further notice.
  • But just because we can’t meet in person, that doesn’t mean Youth Ministry will be stopping!
    • We will be transitioning to online ministry to keep everything going.  What does that mean for everyone?  We will be having a variety of great opportunities to stay engaged to the Sacred Heart community, grow in your faith, and have fun!  Check your email for all the details on what will be going on.
    • If you aren’t receiving Youth Ministry email updates please email Matt Kruc at [email protected] to be added to the email list.
    • Also be sure to follow Sacred Heart Youth Ministry on Instagram @sacredheartmn to keep up to date with everything that’s going on.

Sacred Heart Child-Care

  • Childcare will remain open at this time in response to the Governor’s request to maintain childcare facilities if at all possible.  If anything changes with this, we will post updated information on our website.