The Bishops of Missouri have established the following common practices in the celebration of Mass to fulfill the requirements of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Archbishop Carlson has dispensed all the faithful from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday.
-- Those who are symptomatic or who have been exposed to another with the virus within 14 days are not permitted to enter the church, in accordance with national, state and local health directives. All attendees are asked to check their temperature at home before coming to church.
-- Those who are at risk because of an underlying health issue are strongly encouraged, for their own health, to avoid the risk of attending public celebrations of the Mass.
-- We will continue to live stream our 8:00 am daily Mass and 9:00 am Sunday Mass, so that those unable to attend in person may maintain a spiritual connection with our parish.
- Appropriate cleaning of high use areas within the church will be done.
-- The pews utilized by the assembly shall be cleaned with disinfectant.
-- All hymnals and missalettes have been removed from the pews and are being stored for the duration of the pandemic. No materials may be left in the pews. You are encouraged to bring your own missals (paper or electronic) for use during the celebration of Mass.
-- Restroom facilities and door handles, push plates, and knobs are to be sanitized after each service.
- Holy water fonts are to remain empty until further notice.
- The Cry Room will not be available during this pandemic.
- Hand sanitizer will be made available throughout the church, whenever possible.
- All those who enter into church are required to bring and wear a mask for the celebration of Mass. Children under the age of 5 do not need to wear a mask. Ushers and other volunteers are to wear masks and gloves (when gloves are not available, frequent handwashing will be necessary) throughout the celebration of Mass. There is no exception to these requirements.
- Please enter the Church through the front doors so that we can have an accurate count of the number of people in the Church. You may exit through any door, keeping the proper distance. Doors will be open before Mass and at the end of Mass to assist in ease of entry and exit.
- Staff, ushers or other volunteers should assist with directing people to pews (if you have a handicap need, an usher will assist you).
- Families are to maintain six-foot distancing between their family and other families or individuals throughout the celebration of Mass.
-- Seating is to be arranged such that six feet of distance can be maintained between members of one household and members of another.
-- One pew will be left vacant in between congregants such that six feet of distance can be maintained in all directions.
- Offertory processions are suspended as well as the sign of peace. Stationary offertory baskets will be used for donations from the assembly. These baskets will be located at the communion stations. Please place your offering in the basket at the time you come for communion.
- For the distribution of communion, ushers or other volunteers 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.
- 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.
- Maintaining a single-file is necessary for the distribution of Holy Communion for each Communion minister and communicant to maintain social distancing. Please follow the instructions of the priests and ushers for the distribution of communion.
- Communicants are to receive the Host in the hand, in keeping with the advice of state health officials.
- When approaching the Communion minister, the communicant is to receive the Communion Host then step aside pull down their mask in order to consume the Communion Host and then again place their mask over their face.
- Family units should depart the church in an organized manner wearing masks and observing six feet of distance between other households.
- Ushers are not to hand out bulletins or other materials. Bulletins may be picked up from the tables by the doors.
- There are to be no receptions or social gatherings (e.g., coffee and doughnuts) following Mass.
- Pews and other high traffic areas of the church are to be wiped down before the next service, with the removal of trash and other items from the pews.