FAQ's

Archdiocese of St. Louis

Restart of Public Masses— Frequently Asked Questions

As we continue our efforts to protect one another from the serious effects of the coronavirus, these FAQs are offered to assist the faithful in understanding the instructions promulgated by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson. All official information is available on our website. Please continue to refer to archstl.org/coronavirus for the latest updates—including a condensed version of all directives for parishes—from the Archdiocese of St. Louis regarding COVID-19.

When can we go back to Mass like normal in our parish?

Public Masses, with appropriate social distancing for many parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are set to resume on Monday, May 18, 2020. This date was chosen after discussion with government, health care professionals, and others. But it will take time for things to “get back to normal.” Important safety measures will be required in order to help protect congregants from infection and slow the spread of the COVID19 virus.

What should we expect when we come to Mass at our parish?

First, anyone who is ill, symptomatic, or has been exposed to someone else with the coronavirus within 14 days cannot enter the church. This is in accord with national, state, and local health directives. We also ask everyone to check their temperature at home before deciding if you are coming to Mass. You can find the current symptoms of the coronavirus at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website www.cdc.gov.

Archbishop Carlson has instructed parishes to ensure all pews are wiped down with disinfectant; that all hymnals and missalettes are removed; and that all surfaces used frequently (restroom facilities, door handles, etc.) are sanitized before each service.

Everyone attending Mass is obligated to wear a mask or other facial covering. The only exception during Mass is when we are seated in the pew and when receiving Holy Communion.

You’ll be asked to observe social distancing – staying at least six feet from people not in your household.

.You’ll find the holy water fonts are empty and that there is hand sanitizer available.

When you arrive at church, please follow the instructions provided regarding which doors to use to enter and leave, where to sit, and the six-foot distance to maintain when you receive Holy Communion. Be sure to keep at least six feet between your family and others while in the pews.

Some parishes may have to limit attendance to assure compliance with public safety guidelines.

You’ll notice there will be no offertory procession, no sign of peace, and no passing of the collection basket. You can drop your donation in a stationary basket, or continue to use the online or ACH opportunities provided by your parish.

Can we receive Holy Communion?

Yes, but only the Most Precious Body and only by hand. This is in keeping with the advice of state health officials to avoid any possible contact with another person’s saliva or particles exhaled from the communicants’ mouth onto the ministers’ fingers.

For the distribution of Holy Communion, ushers or other volunteers who are masked and gloved will ensure six-foot distancing in the Communion line. Floor markings shall be placed six feet apart in the aisles in which the congregation approaches the sanctuary for Holy Communion to facilitate proper social distancing.

Communion ministers must be masked, sanitize their hands immediately before and after distributing Holy Communion, and when at all possible, should utilize a disinfectant wipe or purificator dipped in a sanitizing solution (at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol) to sanitize their fingers when incidental contact is made with the communicant.

When approaching the Communion minister, the communicant is to pull their mask or other facial covering below their chin and present one hand resting on the palm of the other. After responding “Amen,” the communicant reverently places the Eucharist in his or her mouth and immediately replaces their mask or other facial covering.

And what about coffee and donuts after Mass?

Please leave Mass together as a household, wearing your masks or other facial covering and observing six feet of distance from others. Your pastor and others will not be able to greet you after Mass, and bulletins or other materials should not be distributed after Mass. And no receptions or social gathering following Mass can be held.

I’m in the choir or a lector.  What should we do?

Choirs are not allowed to assemble; cantors are acceptable to lead music at mass.

Lectors and all lay ministers are obligated to wear masks and maintain the social distance of six feet as much as possible.

When should children wear masks?

Parents should determine when a child is old enough to attend Mass and can abide by the safety guidelines.

What about other celebrations, such as First Communions, Confirmations, weddings, funerals, etc.?

 Your pastor, parochial administrator, or parish life coordinator has been given authority to schedule these -- unless the local authorities are restricting public worship services – in keeping with the requirements of public safety.

It’s just not possible for me to come to Mass. What can I do?

Archbishop Carlson has dispensed all of the faithful from the obligation of Sunday Mass until further notice. Parishes are being encouraged to continue livestreaming Masses, including daily Mass, to allow parishioners to maintain a spiritual connection with their local church.

Can we resume other meetings?

Your pastor, parochial administrator, or parish life coordinator has been given authority to allow meetings, as long as the requirements of six-foot social distancing and the wearing of masks or other facial coverings and gloves (or frequent handwashing) can be observed. Conferencing by telephone or Internet is another option being used by many parishes.

Can we plan for social gatherings?

Social gatherings will be allowed as soon as possible. Currently social gatherings are still forbidden to help ensure the health and safety of all parishioners.

What about our employees and regular volunteers who are staffing our parishes and programs?

 The Center for Disease Control offers these general guidelines for us to keep ourselves and each other healthy:

  • If you feel sick, you should stay home.
  • Continue to practice good hygiene, including:
  • Washing hands with sap and water, or using hand sanitizer
  • Avid touching your face
  • Sneezing or coughing into a tissue or the inside of your elbow
  • Avoid socializing in groups that do not allow for appropriate social distancing.
  • Minimize travel to the extent possible.

 

Archdiocesan Mandates and Directives - dated May 11, 2020

Any questions regarding mandates and directives included on this page should be directed to communications@archstl.org.

During this challenging time, we turn to our Lord Jesus Christ and our Blessed Mother in prayer, especially for those who are sick or vulnerable, and for those who care for them. As faithful, we are called to encourage our community to pray. We can do so by implementing and sharing the prayer that the USCCB provided regarding COVID-19

Archbishop Robert Carlson has announced that parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are permitted to begin resuming public Masses on Monday, May 18, at the discretion of each individual parish pastor. Policy and guidelines will be provided to all parishes by Tuesday May 12. Collaboration with the archdiocesan Presbyteral (Priests) Council, the Missouri bishops and civil authorities will continue through May 18 and beyond, with decisions subject to change based on any new data provided by health officials. 

The general dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation will remain in place for all Catholics of the archdiocese until further notice, as many individuals continue to have concerns for the health and safety of themselves and their loved ones. 

Caring for both our physical and spiritual health go hand-in-hand, and the health, safety and overall well-being of the people of the archdiocese is Archbishop Carlson's first priority.

Please review new details and guidelines below, to be implemented immediately and maintained until further notice pending updates.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Positive Diagnosis

In order to keep our parish communities safe, if you or a loved one are diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19), please do not enter your parish grounds and contact your pastor immediately. Pastors have been directed to notify the health department and enact proper disinfecting protocols set forth by the CDC upon receiving this information.

 

DIRECTIVES, UPDATES and REMINDERS

Masses and Gathering

Archbishop Robert Carlson has announced that parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are permitted to begin resuming public Masses on Monday, May 18, at the discretion of each individual parish pastor. There may be some pastors and parishes due to pre-existing conditions or who are located in a highly-concentrated area of positive COVID-19 cases who are unable to open at this time. Please contact your local parish for more information.

All four Missouri Bishops have dispensed the faithful from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday until further notice.  The COVID-19 pandemic presents a serious threat to physical health.

Those who are symptomatic or who have been exposed to another with the virus within 14 days are not permitted to enter the church or any parish facility, in accordance with national, state and local health directives.

All attendees are asked to check their temperature at home before coming to church.

 

GENERAL GUIDELINES/REMINDERS

Dispensation of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues until further notice.

Parishioners who are symptomatic or who have been exposed to another with the virus should not come to church, in accordance with national, state and local health directives.

Attendees should take their temperature at home before determining whether they should attend Mass.

Anyone over 60 years-old and those with underlying health complications are encouraged to participate in Masses via live-stream only.

 

CLEANING, SANITIZING AND HYGIENE

Appropriate cleaning of high-use areas within the church is completed before and after each service. 

Adhering to sanitation guidelines that are to take place after each Mass could mean that Mass schedules are adjusted or locations staggered to allow for time to sanitize the church. Please contact your local parish for more information.

 

CAPACITY/ATTENDANCE 

Gathering of congregants where Mass is celebrated is limited to 25 percent of the occupancy permitted by the fire code in the respective building.

 

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)

The faithful are obliged to wear a mask during the celebration of Mass, except for the brief moment of receiving Communion.

Ushers and other volunteers will wear masks and gloves (when gloves are not available, frequent handwashing will be necessary) throughout the celebration of Mass.

Specific PPE practices are required for Eucharistic ministers. More details are included under “Holy Communion” below.

 

OFFERTORY

Stationary baskets will be used for donations from the assembly and are to be monitored by the ushers until the donations are collected

Collection baskets should not be passed, nor will ushers take up the collection from the congregation.

Please consider giving your offertory online. Please contact your parish for more details regarding the availability of online giving.

 

SIGN OF PEACE

The Sign of Peace is suspended.

 

HOLY COMMUNION

Communicants are to receive the Host in the hand in keeping with the advice of state health officials and thereby to avoid the Communion minister’s fingers coming into contact with saliva or particles exhaled from the communicants’ mouth onto the ministers’ fingers.

Communion ministers must be masked, must sanitize their hands immediately before and after distributing Communion, and when at all possible, should utilize a disinfectant wipe or purificator dipped in a sanitizing solution (at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol) to sanitize their fingers when incidental contact is made with the communicant.

Distribution of Holy Communion from the chalice is prohibited to the assembly. For those who suffer from celiac disease, special arrangements are to be made with the pastor.

When approaching the Communion minister, the communicant is to pull their mask below their chin in order to prepare to receive Communion as above.  The communicant immediately replaces their mask after consuming the Host.

Ushers or other volunteers who are masked and gloved will ensure six-foot distancing in the Communion line. 

Floor markings shall be placed six feet apart in the aisles in which the congregation approaches the sanctuary for Communion to facilitate proper social distancing.

Maintaining a single-file is necessary for the distribution of Holy Communion for each Communion minister and communicant to maintain social distancing. Multiple Communion ministers may be used as long as one-way traffic patterns are observed.


EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Decisions regarding whether to continue operation of adoration chapels should be determined by the pastor. However, the exposed Blessed Sacrament is never to be left unattended. If necessary, the Blessed Sacrament may be reposed in the tabernacle at least two times during a period of adoration. Please take care to implement the most recent social distancing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ensuring that no more than 10 individuals are gathered in Eucharistic adoration at one time.


CONFIRMATION and FIRST COMMUNION CEREMONIES

All Cathedral Basilica and parish Rites of Confirmation originally scheduled before June 1 are suspended. Pastors of these parishes will be granted faculty to confer the sacrament on a one-time-only basis. Further instructions regarding this process will be provided by the Office of Worship in the coming weeks. For those pastors who have received a special concession to confirm baptized Catholics at the Easter Vigil in your parishes, the Archbishop has extended this concession to Pentecost Sunday.

Please contact your parish pastor for more details and information regarding re-scheduled First Communion Masses.

For information regarding updates the Rite of Christian Initiatiation for Adults (RCIA) that was to take place at Easter Vigil, see RCIA.


WEDDINGS / FUNERALS / BAPTISMS

PLEASE NOTE: Pending updates to be made to this section with the resuming of public Masses.

The decisions regarding whether to continue baptisms, weddings and funerals at this time will be determined by parish pastors. These events are to consist of immediate family members only, with no more than 10 people gathered at a time, including ministers. It is recommended that Memorial Masses be postponed to a later date when public Masses resume, following interment.

For information regarding postponement of Easter Vigil Baptisms and receptions, see Easter Vigil.


BURIALS

PLEASE NOTE: Pending updates to be made to this section with the resuming of public Masses.

All committal services will continue to be held at the roadside at all Catholic Cemeteries’ locations. Calvary Cemetery office remains closed until further notice to coordinate reduced, rotating staff who will be essential to maintaining basic operations. To schedule direct burial services, please contact our Resurrection Cemetery office at 314.792.7737, option 1.  

Catholic cemeteries will remain open to visitors, but strongly urge all guests to obey all directives and recommendations from local and state government agencies, including travel restrictions and stay-at-home orders. Visitors should expect that certain portions of a cemetery typically open to the public may be closed (for example: indoor mausoleums, chapels and offices). Please contact Catholic Cemeteries’ office for more information (314.792.7737, burials@stlcathcem.org)


RCIA

PLEASE NOTE: Pending updates to be made to this section with the resuming of public Masses.

Due to the suspension of all public Holy Week Masses, baptisms and receptions scheduled for the Easter Vigil are postponed until public Masses resume. The sacraments of Christian Initiation and the Reception into Full Communion may take place on any Sunday during the Easter Season or in Ordinary Time, if necessary. The Vigil Mass of Pentecost (Saturday, May 30) is being considered as a reschedule date if "stay-at-home" orders are lifted, and public church services are restored by this time.

If one of the Elect or a candidate were seriously ill or in danger of death, the pastor could decide to initiate that person privately. In other exceptional circumstances, (i.e., being called to active military duty), the Archbishop would need to grant permission for initiation to take place (RCIA #34.2 and 331).

Please refer to the RCIA website for developing information and updates. Additionally, if other questions arise or assistance is needed for a particular situation, please contact Joe Milner at joemilner@archstl.org


SACRAMENT of RECONCILIATION (Confession)

PLEASE NOTE: Pending updates to be made to this section with the resuming of public Masses.

There should be ample opportunities for It is recommended that the Sacrament of Penance be celebrated using a screen (anonymously) to ensure the health department’s social distancing guidelines.  Per the recommended guidelines, confession should take place six feet from the confessor.  If a penitent prefers to offer a confession face-to-face, the chair of the penitent should be placed approximately six feet from the confessor. This may require holding confessions in a different location than usual.  Please contact your parish or check your parish websites and social media pages for Reconciliation times and updates.


ANOINTING OF THE SICK

PLEASE NOTE: Pending updates to be made to this section with the resuming of public Masses.

This sacrament may still be administered by priests to those seriously ill or in danger of death. However, priests administering this sacrament need to be in good health.  Those administering the sacrament need to follow proper protocols from the CDC.  Here are two additional links to assist with proper procedures to follow:

Personal Protective Equipment Guidelines

Anointing of the Sick Guidelines for Priests and Clergy


COLLECTIONS

PLEASE NOTE: Pending updates to be made to this section with the resuming of public Masses.

Collections remain essential to the continued operation of our parishes and their missions. Please use online giving, drop-off or mail contributions to your parish. To set up or inquire about online giving, please contact your local parish.


CHARITABLE ASSISTANCE and GIVING

PLEASE NOTE: Pending updates to be made to this section with the resuming of public Masses.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis understands the economic impact that this emergency is having on so many individuals in our parishes, as well as on our community as a whole. However, in times like this, it is even more urgent for us to assist our brothers and sisters who are in the most need. We encourage you to consider supporting organizations that are responding to this crisis, such as Catholic Charities of St. Louis , The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of St. Louis and the Annual Catholic Appeal.

Assisting individuals in need: Please continue to work to support individuals who depend on parish charitable efforts for food and other necessities. You may refer parishioners and others who request assistance to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of St. Louis: dial 2-1-1; and/or Catholic Charities of St. Louis: dial (314) 367-5500 or email info@ccstl.org

Please note the following:

Society of St. Vincent de Paul operations: Person-to-person home visits are temporarily suspended, but the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conferences are still taking calls. SVdP’s goal is to keep as many food pantries functioning as possible with altered procedures such as porch deliveries, bagging and picking up food, and distributing food vouchers or gift cards to those in need. Those in need should call 2-1-1.

Catholic Charities of St. Louis operations: All Catholic Charities agencies continue to review services as recommended by health officials. Some services are being modified, and some non-critical services have been postponed. Catholic Charities is also working with the archdiocese and community partners to develop additional community relief efforts. If an individual is in need of services from a Catholic Charities agency, please refer them to the agency website (ccstl.org), to call the Catholic Charities office at (314) 367-5500 or to email info@ccstl.org.


Parish Events (Picnics, Festivals, Auctions, etc.)

PLEASE NOTE: Pending updates to be made to this section with the resuming of public Masses.

All parish events should be rescheduled to a time later this summer or fall, including festivals and auctions, with the understanding that the events may need to be further postponed pending continuing guidance from government and health officials. Please contact your local parish for further information.


 

The Archdiocese of St. Louis will continue to share updated guidance and direction as developments regarding COVID-19 occur. We will continue to support you, and we ask for your continued prayers and support in return.  Please contact communications@archstl.org with any questions about liturgical guidelines.  Through the intercession of Mary, Health of the Sick and our Mother, may the Lord of all love and compassion fill us with His peace.

 

Please monitor the social media accounts of Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the St. Louis Review for the most up to date information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. 

 

The state Department of Health and Senior Services has further information on its website at www.health.mo.gov.


Recommendations From The CDC

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.

CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

According to the new stay-at-home orders issued by St. Louis City and County, Churches are considered essential businesses, and therefore are permitted to continue operating hours in compliance with social distancing requirements and gathering size limitations.  

In accordance with the stay-at-home orders, pastors are coordinating with parish office and school (if applicable) leadership to maintain only essential operations to meet the needs of the parish/school community. Please contact your parish office for further information regarding rectory and/or school office hours of operation.

 

Archbishop gives permission to resume public Masses


 

Coronavirus Intercessory Saints at All Saints

Coronavirus Intercessory Saints at All Saints

Two Out of Three in our Church and One at the Grotto!

“In past, Catholic Church called on saints for help, healing from plagues.” That’s the opening lines of an article in the April 13-19 St. Louis Review.  At the end of the article, Father James Martin (author of My Life with the Saints) was asked what three saints he would recommend as good intercessors during this time of the coronavirus pandemic. His recommendation?

St. Aloysius Gonzaga, the Jesuit saint who died as a result of working with victims of a plague in Rome.

St. Therese of Lisieux, who dealt with illness at a young age.

St. Bernadette Soubirous, the visionary of Lourdes, France, who contracted cholera in the epidemic of 1854 and also suffered from asthma and other ailments throughout her life.


Our church has two statues out of the three saints
that Fr. Martin mentioned!


St. Aloysius Gonzaga is the small statue in the front of church between St. Joachim and St. Joseph.  Aloysius was prepared by his father for a military career, but in 1585 he renounced his inheritance and entered the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits), a decision his father opposed. During his studies of theology, he also nursed the sick during the plague in Rome in 1591. 

He contracted the disease and died after a three-month struggle and is considered a patron saint of plague victims. His spirituality is marked by a strong devotion to the Eucharist, interior prayer and charitable service to others. His shown venerating the crucifix and carrying a lily, a symbol of his vow of virginity. He is clothed in the cassock and surplice of the Jesuit order.

 

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St. Therese of Lisieux, popularly known as the Little Flower, was the youngest of five sisters who all became nuns.  She knew she was going to die young as she was continuously ill and was asked to write the story of her life. Instead of a story about what occurred in her life, she made her story a canticle of gratitude to Jesus Christ, as he was always present with her. She lived each ordinary daily experience as the way to holiness – to live the “little way.” She emphasized the apostolic power of prayer for missionaries throughout her world.

For this reason, she is honored as the patron saint of missionary work. It is therefore fitting that her statue is positioned near the front door of our church to remind us that as we go forth from the Eucharist, we are being sent on mission to bring the grace of Christ to the ends of the earth and to live out our call to holiness in the small ways of everyday life.

 


And our grotto has the third of three intercessory saints!


St. Bernadette, as we know her, is always shown as kneeling as she did when she visited the grotto in Lourdes where she had a life-changing vision. She saw the Virgin Mary dressed in blue and white. Healing miracles have been documented in Lourdes, France. She did not like notoriety and entered the convent serving as an infirmary assistant and sacristan. Her health was fragile and Bernadette was diagnosed with tuberculosis. She is the patroness of illness.  


We are invited to join with these saints
as they offer up their prayers to God for us.


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To read Fr. Martin’s article,  click:  https://www.archstl.org/in-past-catholic-church-called-on-saints-for-help-healing-from-plagues-5204

SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM ARCHBISHOP CARLSON

To the Faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis,

As we prepare to begin a Holy Week unlike any that we have experienced before, I want you to know that I am praying with you and for you. I miss being with you and we will all miss the opportunity to be together for these sacred liturgies. I invite you to unite your suffering to the sufferings of Christ.

We can still ask our Lord to unite us to one another and to His own Heart, especially during this sacred time of year. I would like to share some resources with you that may help.

First, I am installing a crucifix this afternoon at 4:00 pm at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis in a private ceremony that will be live-streamed to the entire archdiocese. With the installation, I will offer an Apostolic Blessing that comes with a plenary indulgence. You can read more about plenary indulgences, which are often misunderstood, and other spiritual resources by clicking here. Also, you may download a prayer card for the blessing at the top of this page

I also want to invite you to participate in any or all of the Holy Week and Sacred Triduum liturgies at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis via live-stream here. A schedule of these events can be found here. Many parishes will also be live-streaming their own liturgies and I encourage all of the Faithful to participate with their own parish as well. Please remember to support your parish financially, perhaps giving a little more, if you are able, to help those who are unable to give.

Participating fully in Holy Week, even without public Masses, can help you and your family grow closer to Christ and to one another. To assist families with that, the Archdiocese of Phoenix has put together an excellent reference with ideas for how families can more fully participate at home. The resource, which we are sharing with their permission, can be found here. A Spanish language version will be available soon and will be shared via the Archdiocese of St. Louis social media channels. It includes sacred music, beautiful art, and great ideas for your family. I encourage you to begin to prepare for Holy Week by reviewing this guide.

Additionally, this story in the St. Louis Review offers several tips and resources for families to grow in faith together at home throughout this challenging season. The St. Louis Review and the Archdiocese of St. Louis continue to supplement archstl.org with updates, guidelines, stories, charitable giving options and more regarding COVID-19 in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Please join me in praying this Holy Week for those suffering from the pandemic. We pray for those suffering physically, those suffering the pain of isolation and those who are experiencing economic hardship and uncertainty. We also pray for those on the front lines fighting this virus, including all of the doctors, nurses, healthcare workers treating patients, and those who work to keep the rest of us safe and supplied.

Know that I am praying with you and for you during this difficult time.

 Sincerely yours in Christ,

 

Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson
Archbishop of St. Louis

March 16, 2020 - All Masses Suspended

March 15, 2020 - Archdiocese Closes Schools

March 14th Responses to Coronavirus

The Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, announced Friday, March 13, that all Catholics within the Archdiocese of St. Louis are dispensed from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass for the next three weekends (March 14-15, March 21-22 and March 28-29).

Archbishop Carlson advised the faithful to turn to the Lord Jesus Christ to help those suffering from COVID-19 (coronavirus) and to relieve anxiety caused by its spread:

 “During this challenging time, it is important that we act prudently, but without panic. We turn to our Lord Jesus Christ and our Blessed Mother in prayer, especially for those who are sick or vulnerable, and for those who care for them. I ask you to join me in doing so with the prayer that the USCCB gave us today regarding COVID-19.” - Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson Archbishop of St. Louis. The reflection and prayer is located here http://www.usccb.org/news/2020/20-44.cfm

All Saints Church will remain open and the Mass schedule has not changed at this time. In addition to our previously announced changes, the ushers will collect your offering in long handled baskets to reduce any hand-to-hand contact. For those not attending Mass, you are encouraged to continue your support of the mission of All Saints by mailing your offering or use our online giving https://allsaints-stpeters.org/Resources/Online-Giving.

Small groups meeting in the Parish will move to larger meeting spaces to allow for distancing. Large group activities will be canceled. Fr. Don is reviewing all Parish ministries and activities and will have recommendations regarding them and our gatherings.

Please see the Mandates from the Archdiocese of St. Louis issued on March 11.

Mandates from the Archdiocese of St. Louis, March 11, 2020

Updates are in brackets.

All parishes within the Archdiocese of St. Louis are adhere to these health and safety measures:

• A parishioner should not come to Mass, church activities or school if they are feeling sick or if their immune system is compromised. It is not a sin to miss Mass when they are sick. [Dispensed from obligation to attend Mass on March 14/15, March 21/22, and March 28/29]

• The elderly, who are among the most vulnerable, have the option to participate in the Mass on TV or online via channels such as EWTN, and to request that Holy Communion be brought to their place of residence. [Please call the Parish Office at 636-397-1440 x 221 to request a priest to bring Holy Communion.]

• Sanitize all sacred vessels before and after all Masses. Germs can survive on surfaces for 24 or more hours.

• Suspend the physical exchange of the sign of peace. Use a hand gesture or bow instead. [No hand holding during the Our Father except for members of the same household.]

• Advise parishioners to keep a distance of three feet from the nearest neighbor when possible.

• Holy Communion distributed by extraordinary ministers will be administered in the hand only. We should strongly recommend that parishioners receive Holy Communion in the hand, however, as this is a celebration of God’s love for us and the most important part of our Mass, parishioners who still wish to receive Holy Communion on the tongue should receive from the Mass celebrant only.

• Suspend the distribution of Holy Communion via the chalice.

• No ministers, ordinary or extraordinary, should administer Holy Communion if they have signs of illness.

• All ministers, ordinary and extraordinary, delivering Holy Communion to the elderly, sick or homebound need to be in good health.

• Holy Water fonts should be drained and left empty at this time.• Encourage the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer which should be placed in highly visible public areas. Remind parishioners of proper cough-and-sneeze etiquette (guidelines are available on the CDC website at www.cdc.gov).

• The latest updates on the coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as all preventative measures can be found on www.cdc.gov.

• To read updates from the Archdiocese, click on www.archstl.org/coronavirus and to see updates in St. Charles County, click on https://www.sccmo.org/2105/COVID-19

 

Precautions

We care about our community and to that end we are taking precautionary measures to help prevent the spread of disease.  

 

Within Church/Gym:

  • No holy water in the fonts.
  • At the Sign of Peace, no shaking hands or hugs outside of your family. Please offer words of peace and body language to show connectedness.
  • At the Our Father, no holding hands with members outside of your household.
  • At Communion, only in the hand (not on the tongue) and no cup of the Precious Blood.
  • Bottles of hand disinfectant are located at the entrances.

 As a reminder, if you are sick with a fever, have any of the symptoms of a cold or the flu, being in community puts you and others at risk, it’s important to stay home – it’s not a sin to miss Mass when you are sick.  Please watch Mass on TV and you may request Holy Communion to be brought to you.  Contact the Parish Office at 636-397-1440, ext. 221.

 

Outside of Mass:

  • Help to identify people who are more at risk (i.e., elderly people living alone, persons with disabilities, children and teens), and check on them.
  • Check in on neighbors and friends.
  • Pray for others. Located below is a prayer, Praying for Healing – Coronavirus and hard copies of the prayer are at the Church exits.

 

Thank you in advance for your work in helping to reduce the spread of germs.  See helpful information below.

 

If you want to give online, please click here:      ONLINE GIVING

 

For more information on the coronavirus click here:  CORONAVIRUS

 

 

Condensed Highlights for Parishioners

Guidelines for Observing Social Distancing and other
Health Requirements for the Celebration of Mass

GENERAL GUIDELINES/REMINDERS 
  • Dispensation of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues until further notice.
  • Parishioners who are symptomatic or who have been exposed to another with the virus should not come to church, in accordance with national, state and local health directives.
  • Attendees should take their temperature at home before determining whether they should attend Mass.
  • Anyone over 60 years-old and those with underlying health complications are encouraged to participate in Masses via live-stream only.
CLEANING, SANITIZING AND HYGIENE
  • Appropriate cleaning of high-use areas within the church is completed before and after each service.
CAPACITY/ATTENDANCE·

Gathering of congregants where Mass is celebrated is limited to the following:

  • For churches of less than 10,000 sq. ft., the number of all those present at each Mass is limited to 25% or less of the fire or building code maximum occupancy.
  • For churches of 10,000 or more sq. ft., the number of all those present at each Mass is limited to 10% or less of the fire or building code maximum occupancy.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)
  • The faithful are obliged to wear a mask during the celebration of Mass, except for the brief moment of receiving Communion.
  • Ushers and other volunteers will wear masks and gloves (when gloves are not available, frequent handwashing will be necessary) throughout the celebration of Mass.
  • Specific PPE practices are required for Eucharistic ministers. More details are included under “Holy Communion” below.

 

OFFERTORY
  • Stationary baskets will be used for donations from the assembly and are to be monitored by the ushers until the donations are collected
  • Collection baskets should not be passed, nor will ushers take up the collection from the congregation.
  • Please consider giving your offertory online.
 SIGN OF PEACE IS SUSPENDED
HOLY COMMUNION
  • Communicants are to receive the Host in the hand in keeping with the advice of state health officials and thereby to avoid the Communion minister’s fingers coming into contact with saliva or particles exhaled from the communicants’ mouth onto the ministers’ fingers.
     
  • Communion ministers must be masked, must sanitize their hands immediately before and after distributing Communion, and when at all possible, should utilize a disinfectant wipe or purificator dipped in a sanitizing solution (at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol) to sanitize their fingers when incidental contact is made with the communicant.
     
  • Distribution of Holy Communion from the chalice is prohibited to the assembly. For those who suffer from celiac disease, special arrangements are to be made with the pastor.
     
  • When approaching the Communion minister, the communicant is to pull their mask below their chin in order to prepare to receive Communion as above. The communicant immediately replaces their mask after consuming the Host.
     
  • Ushers or other volunteers who are masked and gloved will ensure six-foot distancing in the Communion line.
     
  • Floor markings shall be placed six feet apart in the aisles in which the congregation approaches the sanctuary for Communion to facilitate proper social distancing.
     
  • Maintaining a single-file is necessary for the distribution of Holy Communion for each Communion minister and communicant to maintain social distancing. Multiple Communion ministers may be used as long as one-way traffic patterns

Prayer for Healing

 
Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.

Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.
Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another.
Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.

Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.
Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.
Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.
Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace.
Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.

Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.

Jesus Christ, heal us.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
9am - 8pm

Saturday 
8:30am - 3pm