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Follow the link below for the Archdiocese of St. Louis Mandates And Directives related to Covid 19

Coronavirus COVID-19 Mandates and Directives


Before Mass

  1. Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski leaves in place the general dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation until July 1. 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 Mitchell Rozanski's first priority

    Therefore at St. Gabriel the Archangel we ask: 
    -- 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 who are not fully vaccinated 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.
  2. Please do not leave materials in the pews.  
  3. The Cry Room is now be available for use during Mass.
  4. Hand sanitizer will be made available throughout the church, whenever possible.
  5. IF not fully vaccinated, please bring and wear a mask for the celebration of Mass and anytime you enter church.  Children under the age of 5 do not need to wear a mask.  

During Mass

  1. IF not fully vaccinated, families are to maintain six-foot distancing between their family and other families or individuals throughout the celebration of Mass. 
  2. In the transepts of church,
    --  Seating is 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Communicants are to receive the Host in the hand, in keeping with the advice of state health officials.
  8. IF not fully vaccinated, when approaching the Communion minister, the communicant is to receive the Communion Host in hand then step aside pull down their mask in order to consume the Communion Host and then again place their mask over their face.