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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 and decrees promulgated by Bishop W. Shawn McKnight. The diocesan decrees and instructions give the faithful a means to continue the life of the Church in all its facets – the celebration of the sacraments, works of charity and mercy, and formation – while assisting civic officials in promoting the health and well-being of all. Read FAQs Public Gatherings Updated 5.3.2020 (1)
A Note From Fr. Nelen
NEW MASS GUIDELINES BEGINNING AUGUST 22, 2020
As you may have observed, our Mass attendance is beginning to increase, especially at our 10:00 AM Sunday Mass. It is great to see this trend, but it also brings a new challenge for us when it comes to seating people. I hesitate to turn anyone away because the Cathedral is too full with respect to social distancing, and yet I want everyone to feel safe while attending Mass at our parish.
Beginning this weekend (August 22nd and 23rd), you will no longer find the yellow caution tape in the pews. You are free to sit in any of the pews, including those in the cry room or in the daily Mass chapel, or in any of the chairs around the back of the Cathedral proper.
If you are able to maintain social distancing from the families around you, there is no requirement to wear a mask or other face covering while seated in the pews. The use of masks upon entering the church, during the Communion procession, and upon leaving the church is required, however, in agreement with current diocesan policy, which is based upon the most current scientific research and government guidelines.
If the church becomes too full to maintain the 6 ft. social distancing between yourself and those nearby, then you will need to wear your mask or face covering at all times, even while seated in the pews. It may not be the most pleasant thing to do, but it is a worthy sacrifice offered in a spirit of charity and mercy. The bottom line is be sure to bring a mask or face covering with you when attending Mass in person.
Also please remember: the dispensation from attending Sunday Mass in person remains in effect until November 27, 2020.
Thank you for your cooperation and let us support one another in prayer as we journey together through the remainder of this Church year.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Lou Nelen
- Daily Mass times through the summer will be Monday through Friday at 6:30 a.m. Weekend Masses have resumed.
- Everyone MUST wear a face mask upon entering and exiting the Cathedral and to wear one whenever you are not stationary in your pew.
- Reconciliation will take place in the main confessional on Saturday from 4:30-5:00 p.m. and on Sunday 30 minutes prior to each Sunday Mass.
- 6 ft. social distancing between families must take place.
The CDC's COVID 19 page is an accurate, credible source being consistently updated with directives from the Whitehouse.
- CCCNMO is the charitable services arm of the Diocese of Jefferson City. It has opened an online request form for residents of the 38 counties of the Diocese seeking assistance with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) related needs. The online request portal is https://cccnmo.diojeffcity.org/covid-19-coronavirus-relief-request/.
Find the following information on the Diocesan website:
- Updated Decree on Pastoral Activities in the Diocese of Jefferson City.
- Instructions provided by Bishop W. Shawn McKnight for public Masses to begin on May 4, 2020.
- Quick links to school, liturgy, clergy, parish and community directives
- A list of online Masses
- Liturgical Resources
We are fervently praying for you during this time. We appreciate your prayers as well.
Through the instruction and guidance of Father Nelen, a Disaster Response Team (DRT) has been formed to assist our parish during this uncertain time due to COVID-19. This team is organizing volunteers to assist our parish community and those within our parish boundaries.
We have volunteers available and willing to help with the follow needs:
Calls to check-in and talk
Referrals for financial assistance
If you or anyone you know needs help please call the parish office (573-635-7991). The parish office staff will pass on your information to the DRT so we can provide assistance.
Please also keep an eye on your neighbors and let us know if they are in need of assistance. In this time of crisis, the parish DRT is here to help anyone within our parish boundaries.
Stay healthy and God bless. We can make it through these uncertain times together through God s strength.