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
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
We care about our community and to that end we are taking precautionary measures to help prevent the spread of disease.
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:
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
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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.
All Saints Catholic Church
7 McMenamy Road St. Peters, MO 63376
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