Sign Up For Christmas Mass
Christmas is a time for family gathering and for the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus. Typically attendance at our Chritmass masses is very high.
We will have a limited amount of seating this year.
Please help us by signing up for the Christmas Mass you wish to attend.
Please call your parish office to sign up.
Message from Meeker County Hospital and Public Health
November 24, 2020
A cooperative message from…
The last several months have been unprecedented. All of us, in one way or another have been affected by COVID-19. The pandemic has required us, Meeker Memorial Hospital & Clinics and Meeker County Public Health, to work even more collaboratively in our response to COVID-19. As the pandemic continues, more and more members of our community are being infected or directly impacted. We are steadfast in our commitment to the efforts that help keep our community safe and providing the best possible health care to those in need.
We need your help. Now more than ever, we look to the community to work collectively for the safety of our entire “village.” The old proverb stating “It Takes a Village” has never been more true. We are all in this together and we all have a role to play to help mitigate the impact of COVID in our community. Many of you are already doing this, but we need your continued support to ensure the safety of our entire community.
We are asking you to keep the following guidelines in mind:
- Stay home if you are sick or suspect you may be sick.
- Stay home if you are a close contact to someone who is ill or who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- Wear a mask in public for your own protection and for the protection of others.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place.
- Use hand sanitizer that is at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.
- Stay home when possible and limit contact when in public.
- Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet away from other people in public places.
- Telework if you can.
- Restrict holiday celebrations to include only immediate family members that you live with.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick even within your own household.
- Isolate in your household if you are ill.
- Clean and disinfect highly touched objects and surfaces daily including tables, counters, telephones, remote controls, doorknobs, light switches, handles, keyboards, faucets, toilets, and stairway railings.
- Monitor your health Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, and other symptoms of COVID-19.
- Get tested if you suspect you may be ill or 5-7 days following an exposure to someone who is ill or tests positive for COVID -19.
- Answer the call from the Minnesota or local public health department to learn test results and additional precautions which are necessary.
The action of each community member in adopting the guidelines outlined above will not eliminate the presence of COVID-19 in our community, but it will have a tremendous impact in slowing the rate of infection. Earlier this year, we worked hard to prepare for a COVID-19 surge. Together we flattened the curve and gave our community hospital and hospitals across the state the time to get ready. A surge is upon us now and hospitals – including Meeker Memorial, - are experiencing staffing shortages that are impacting the care patients need.
We all are being asked to make sacrifices. It is not easy and we know it. We are stronger together and together we’ll get this pandemic under control and return to a more normal life.
As we continue to learn more about COVID-19, we want to ensure you have the most up to date and accurate information. We field many questions about the differences between quarantine and isolation including what to do if you are sick or if you are in close contact with someone who is sick. For your convenience, a resource has been included outlining the guidance on Quarantine vs. Isolation. This resource is from the CDC but is also adopted by the Minnesota Department of Health.
If you are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, please call Meeker Memorial’s COVID Triage Line at (320) 373-1026 Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For additional questions or concerns, please contact your local provider or the Minnesota Department of Health Public Hotline (800) 657-3903. Thank you for your continued support and ongoing commitment to our community by doing your part.
With sincere appreciation on behalf of all our dedicated staff at Meeker County Public Health and Meeker Memorial Hospital & Clinics,
Faith Formation Distance Learning
St. Philip is transitioning to a distance learning format for our faith formation programming, in accordance with diocesan COVID policies. In order for our catechists to host Zoom sessions and communicate digitally with your child, parents will need to sign our Shepherd of Souls waiver/consent form.
Click the link below to access it.
Return the completed form to Nathan Stewart at [email protected].
FRAUD ALERT: SCAMMERS IMPERSONATING CLERGY IS ON THE RISE
Scammers are pretending to be Fr. Jeff and are sending text messages and sometimes emails asking for assistance.
Please note that Fr. Jeff or any staff member will not send a text message asking for assistance in this manner.
Things to look for when you receive a request like this are:
- Verify cell phone number. Most of these text messages do not come from a phone number with a local area code.
- Verify first, pay second. Email accounts can become compromised and an email you receive may be fake. If you receive payment instructions in an email from what appears to be a trusted customer or vendor, call the individual who made the request, prior to initiating payment, to ensure it is an authentic request. Never use the phone number listed in an email. Call a phone number you know to be theirs.
- Scrutinize Overpayments. A popular scam is to request a refund by cashier’s check or wire transfer for an alleged overpayment that was deposited into your account. Be sure to question how the overpayment occurred and wait for the initial deposit to clear before initiating a refund.
- Beware of confidentiality. Whenever wire transfer instructions specify keeping the transaction a secret, verbally verify with an authorized individual or the person requesting the transaction.
- Take your time and be cautious. A common red flag of a perpetrator is trying to rush a wire transfer or payment.
- Verify Changes. Any time you receive new payment instructions or a change to existing payment instructions, verbally confirm with a trusted source that they sent the request.
- Double Check Email Addresses. A common trick is to slightly modify a trusted email address. For example, [email protected] might be changed to [email protected] Another common trick is for a fraudster to spoof a display name to look like the email is coming from a trusted source. To verify the sender of a payment request, use your computer cursor to hover over the display name in the “From” field to verify it is the email address of a trusted source. Illegitimate emails will show a different email address.
- Use Forward Instead of Reply. Do not reply to an email with a wire or payment request. Instead, forward the email to the email address that you have on file.