In coordination with the Diocese of Madison and Bishop Donald Hying, Saint Dennis is taking measures to do what we can to diminish opportunities for the spread of COVID-19. It is important that we keep our trust firmly in the Lord, His promise to remain with us, and our ultimate promise of Eternal Life. Currently, the Bishop is dispensing everyone in the Diocese of Madison from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation until further notice.
The church, chapel, school, and parish office are closed until further notice. The parish office will answer phone calls Monday-Thursday from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm at 608-246-5124. You may also leave a message for the front desk and we will get back to you. Please feel free to contact a staff member via voicemail or email, and they will respond as soon as they are able.
We recognize that other means of support may be necessary at this time, particularly for our most vulnerable parishioners. If you need assistance or would like to volunteer to help for such things as picking up groceries or other necessities, please contact Deacon David Hendrickson at 608-513-2965. At this time, we are unable to offer transporting parishioners.
During this time, we especially rely on your gifts and generosity to Saint Dennis. In lieu of placing your contribution in the offertory basket, please consider using our online giving system. It’s easy and convenient. You have the option to select one-time gifts or set up recurring gifts. For assistance, please contact the Parish Office at 608-246-5124. You may also send your donation to the parish office at 413 Dempsey Rd, Madison, WI 53714.
Remember, no matter the distance or our decision not to gather physically, we are never alone. The Lord is always with us and among us. And, so long as we are united to Him, we are alive in His Body, the Church. In this way, we may create “social distance,” but deepen our corporate closeness in Him. With events being cancelled and work hours reduced, we should be communing more frequently in prayer with our God, remaining in mystical communion with Him and the Universal Church, and always remembering our duty to charity. We should not close in upon ourselves, but continue to reach out – even if over the phone or electronic means – to check in with one another, to reconnect, and to attend to the needs of our neighbors as we are able.
Although Masses are cancelled for now, we can still participate faithfully in the true sacrifice that is being offered by making a Spiritual Communion – uniting themselves spiritually with Our Lord and with the whole Church.
An Act of Spiritual Communion
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.