Mass Guidelines & Miscellaneous Information


This page was last updated, Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

St. Louis and St. Louis County guidelines require face masks in enclosed places of public accommodation, as well as outdoors when social distancing is not possible.  In response, all parishes within the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County should mandate that face masks be worn at all times by the congregation on parish grounds, except during the reception of Holy Communion.  This does not apply to parishes outside the St. Louis City and St. Louis County areas.

A new Archbishop has been installed for the Archdiocese of St. Louis!  Welcome Archbishop Mitchell T. Rozanski.  The Installation Mass for Archbishop-designate Rozanski was held August 25, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.  A recording of the live mass can be viewed online on Youtube (Installation of Archbishop Rozanski) and Facebook.  Additional information is available at archstl.org/archbishop
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Please pray for Archbishop Carlson as he begins his well-deserved retirement, and please pray for Archbishop Rozanski as he begins his new assignment in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The Communications Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis has received complaints from people that guidelines have not been followed at some Masses within the archdiocese.  For the latest and most up-to-date guidelines provided for parishes of the St. Louis Archdiocese, please visit:  https://www.archstl.org/coronavirus

In order to keep our parish communities safe, if anyone in your parish community is diagnosed with COVID-19, please report.

A  video message about the Annual Catholic Appeal from both Archbishop Carlson and Archbishop-elect Rozanski can be viewed at aca.archstl.org.  A follow-up mailing for the 2020 Appeal was mailed to parishioners who have given some time in the past 5 years, but not yet this year.  A pledge card is included in the mailing.  Cards may be mailed directly to the ACA office or dropped off at your parish.  The 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal will close on Friday, October 9th.  In order for a gift to be counted towards your parish goal, it must be turned in by that date.

Respect Life Apostolate announces the archdiocesan parish launch of the national Walking with Moms in Need campaign.  More information can be found at www.walkingwithmoms.com.


As of  Monday, June 22, 2020

  • All parishes should adhere to the capacity restrictions mandated by the city or county officials where they reside, but also be mindful of the six-feet social distancing requirements recommended by the health officials.  So, while some areas will be loosening to a 50-percent capacity restriction, please be sure that your parishioners can still maintain six feet between themselves.
  • Masks will still be required to enter a parish within the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  While the archdiocese still strongly recommends the use of masks throughout Mass with the exception of receiving Holy Communion, the requirement of wearing masks in the pews will continue to be a decision made by the parish pastor.
  • Holy Communion can now be offered in the hand or on the tongue.  Holy Communion distributed by extraordinary ministers will be administered in the hand only.  We 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 must receive from the Mass celebrant only.
  • Continue the suspension of the distribution of Holy Communion via the chalice.
  • Parishes will now only be required to clean pews once a day unless otherwise stated by city or county health officials.

Election Day is right around the corner.  The Catholic Church does not enter into supporting nor condemning either party or candidate; rather, we help inform our parishioners about Church teaching around some of the hot-button issues to allow the faithful to make their own determination through thoughtful reflections around those teachings and what they believe is correct.  An updated version of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship:  A Call to Political Responsibility can be found at www.usccb.org.  Any endorsement  or condemnation of a political party or candidate is in violation of the IRS ban on political campaign activity for 501(c)(3) exempt churches and charities.

Election day is November 3, 2020.

The deadline to register is Wednesday, October 7, 2020.

The deadline to request a ballot by mail is 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

More information is available from the Peace and Justice Commission, mariekenyon@archstl.org or the Respect Life Apostolate, cynthiahaehnel@archstl.org.

It has been announced that an immediate suspension of all music composed by David Haas is being imposed in Archdiocese of St. Louis parishes.  Mr. Haas has been accused of multiple instances of sexual abuse by adult women.  All David Haas music is being suspended pending the results of an investigation.

For the latest public-facing updates--including a condensed version of all directives for parishes--from the Archdiocese of St. Louis regarding COVID-19 please refer to archstl.org/coronavirus.

           

What does this mean for Immaculate Conception and St. John the Apostle parishes? 

Fr. Mark Ebert and Deacon Michael Burch, as well as all of the staff and volunteers here at Immaculate Conception and St. John the Apostle continue to enjoy good health and our return to public Masses is going well.  Every week we see a few more familiar faces at Mass.  To those who have not yet returned, please know that we miss you.

If anyone in our parish community is diagnosed with COVID-19, please contact the Rectory office to let us know.   Recently we learned that a couple of our parishioners did test positive for COVID19.  They have completed their quarantine periods and are doing well.  Other   parishioners have reported having  relatives or acquaintances  who have tested positive for COVID-19, and sadly, a few of these loved ones did not survive.  Most of the cases we have been informed about have made recoveries.

2020/2021 Parish School of Religion begins with the annual Family Mass on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.  A meeting for parents follows the Mass.  Registration forms will be available.

Most of our classes will be learning from home until the COVID19 outbreaks subside.  Only the sacramental year classes will be meeting in-person each Wednesday night.  Our Second Grade (First Penance and First Eucharist) class will meet in person with  Mrs. Rachel Martin  teaching the Second Grade this year.  Students in the second grade PSR class are prepared for both Penance and Eucharist with First Penance being provided in December and First Eucharist being provided in either April or May.  Mrs. Deborah Mount has decided not to return to the classroom.  We thank her for her many years of service to the Parish School of Religion program and wish her well.  Deacon Michael Burch will continue to teach the 7th-8th Grade class.  This is a Confirmation year and students enrolled in the 7th-8th grade will be eligible to receive the sacrament of Confirmation in the spring of 2021.

It is our hope that all classes will return to their classrooms after Christmas.

Recommended safety guidelines will be followed for in-person classes.

PSR registration is available online.    In-person registration is available at the Rectory Office--please call first.  Please visit our online PSR page to print documents for PSR registration and media authorization. Fees are $50 per household for families with students enrolling in the sacramental year classes.  Fees are $25 per student, not to exceed $50 per family, for all other grades K-12. 

Books will be provided to students in all  K-6 grades who register.  Online resources will be provided to aid parents with their children's instruction.  High School, grades 9-12, do not follow a textbook; however, Mrs. Hoppe will be returning as catechist and will provide at-home lessons and activities.     Please pray for our PSR students and staff.

There are two Immaculate Conception parishioners at  Festus Manor, a facility which had multiple cases of COVID-19 reported, but there have been no negative reports to us concerning their health.  
Please continue to pray for the parish, staff and all of our shut-ins and nursing home residents.

Both Immaculate Conception and St. John the Apostle have returned to the Mass schedules in effect before the pandemic began.  Weekday Masses at Immaculate Conception, Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m., Saturday Mass at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.  St. John the Apostle has returned to Sunday Mass at 8:00 a.m.  Confession  is available at both parishes before weekend Masses or by appointment.

Both Immaculate Conception and St. John the Apostle continue to follow safety guidelines as outlined by the Archdiocese of St. Louis and recommended by the St. Francois County Health Department.  We ask that all people entering our church buildings please maintain social distancing of 6 feet between themselves and others not of their household and please wear a mask.    If you have a temperature or do not feel well, please stay home.  Hand sanitizer is available throughout the church and visitors are encouraged to use it.

The general dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation remains.  Anyone who has concerns for  their own health and welfare or for their families, may continue to live-stream or watch Mass on television or electronically even though physical attendance at Masses is  allowed.  Attendance is allowed, it is not required at this time.  Parishes that have been live-streaming are being encouraged to continue doing so for the time being.   We do encourage you to either attend Mass at your home church or to continue watching the Mass from your home either on television or live-streamed on an electronic device.

If you are 60+ years of age or have an underlying health condition, we do encourage you to remain home at this time. 

If you have a fever,  or if you have other symptoms associated with COVID-19, please stay home! 
For a list of symptoms visit the CDC website.  The link is provided below.

First Communion was held on our first Sunday back in the pews, Sunday, May 24, 2020, Ascension Sunday.

On Pentecost we welcomed a new parishioner.  Harry Pierce has been receiving instruction at Immaculate Conception and was fully received into the Church at the Vigil Mass on Saturday, May 30, 2020.  Under normal circumstances, Harry would have been received at the Easter Vigil.  He has been very patient with us and we welcome Harry as a regular and faithful member to Immaculate Conception Church!  Many Confirmations were put on hold throughout the Archdiocese this spring and many parishes across the area welcomed new Catholics into the Church at their new parishes on Pentecost weekend.

We have returned to our 3rd Wednesday of the month Eucharistic Adoration.  Please join us on the third Wednesday of the month (July 15).  Adoration begins at the close of the morning Mass around 8:30 and ends with Benediction at 11:30 a.m.  Social distancing practices remain in effect.

Groups may now have organizational meetings at the discretion of Fr. Ebert.   Social distancing practices remain in effect.

No receptions or social gatherings are yet allowed after Mass.  This means that Fr. Ebert and Deacon Mike will not be allowed to greet you at the conclusion of Mass.  There will be no gatherings in the parish hall for coffee and donuts for the time being. 

Baptisms, weddings and funerals are allowed, but no gatherings associated with these events
(i.e. funeral dinners) are allowed until further notice.

We will let you know about any other events as they draw closer.  Please refer back to this page and to upcoming bulletins. 

Confession at Immaculate Conception on Saturdays is 4:15-4:45 p.m., Sundays 10:00-10:15 a.m.  Confession at St. John the Apostle is Sundays 7:30-7:45 a.m.  Please maintain 6 ft. of distance between yourself and the next nearest person in line.  All Confessions are behind the screen with no face-face Confession permitted at this time.


There will be no receiving of the Sacrament of Communion from the cup until permission has been granted by the Archbishop.  The Holy Body of Christ will be available during Mass.  Please respect the 6 ft of social distancing guidelines.  Markings can be found on the floor.  Since the cup will not be used, our regular Eucharistic Ministers will not be scheduled.

Holy Communion for the home-bound can resume with safety measures in place including the use of masks, sanitizer and adhering to social distancing.

Anointing of the Sick by a priest is still possible for those who are seriously ill or in danger of death.  Please contact Fr. Ebert to schedule a home visit.  If you are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms, or have a fever, or have tested positive for COVID-19,  please inform Fr. Ebert before scheduling the visit.

If you are on our regular list to serve as lector at either parish, and if you have reservations about serving at this time, please let Brenda know so that she can schedule accordingly.  There will be no greeters before Mass and no special ministers scheduled for Communion.  The number of altar servers requested for each Mass has been reduced to 2.  There will be no Children's Liturgy of the Word during Mass.

The Eucharistic Ministers must wear a mask at all times.

Communicants should continue to wear masks, with the exception of the moment of receiving Holy Communion.

Volunteers to help with the new guidelines/procedures would be welcome.  Please speak with Fr. Ebert or Deacon Mike. 

Rosary will begin 1/2 hour before weekend Masses on the first weekend of each month. The Rosary leader may wish to remain in the pews rather than leading from the pulpit.

Hand sanitizer and extra masks will continue to be made available and easily accessible.

Social distancing should be adhered to in all cases outside of distributing Holy Communion.

We would like to remind you that the parish grounds are always open.

The parish bulletin has been published every single week including during the period of Mass suspensions.  Extra copies of weeks which you may have missed are still available upon request, although we are running out of  storage space and will need to begin discarding some of them soon.   Paper copies of the most recent weekly bulletins  will continue to be made available outside in the water-proof boxes that have been installed at both Immaculate Conception and St.  John the Apostle.  The box at Immaculate Conception is located at the front of the church on the memorial pavers patio fencing, and the box at St. John the Apostle is  on the handrail at the front steps.  The bulletin is also available every week on this website (see menu at left Church Bulletins), or if you so choose, you may arrange to receive an e-bulletin to your personal inbox.  To subscribe for e-bulletins visit https://ebulletin.jspaluch.com.

Mass Intention requests may continue to be dropped off at the office or mailed to Immaculate Conception at PO Box 66, Park Hills, MO  63601.  Likewise, if you would like a candle lit in the alcove, please let us know.

More information and links about online and televised Masses continues to be made available here on our website.  Visit our Links page for more information about accessing online and televised Masses.

We ask that you please keep the needs of your parish and other individuals in mind.  Lots of prayer is needed at this time.  There will be many who will be uncomfortable with returning to a public Mass at this time because of age or health issues.   Keep in touch with your family members and neighbors and make sure they have what they need. Keep in mind that people who tend to suffer from depression and anxiety  may be finding this period of social isolation especially difficult, so don't hesitate to call and just let them know that you are thinking about them and praying for them.   Fr. Ebert, Deacon Burch and Brenda Carrow   are only a phone call or email away.  Please keep in touch and let us know what we can do for you.

Remember our food pantries and other charitable organizations.  Consider supporting St. Vincent De Paul, Catholic Charities of St. Louis and the Annual Catholic Appeal as there will be a greater demand placed on all of these organizations in the foreseeable future.    THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION FOOD PANTRY  CONTINUES TO BE OPEN ON FRIDAYS 7:30-9:30 A.M.!  Safety precautions and Social distancing procedures have been put in place. 

Our hats are off to Cap America employees who are now making protective masks at the local facility.  We thank them for making masks available for our food pantry volunteers and parish staff.

The Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) was delayed.  Pledge weekends were originally set to begin April 18, 2020.   ACA Relaunch of the 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal ran June 13/14, June 20/21 and June 27/28.  The ACA video was shown before Mass on the first weekend and a guest speaker was welcomed  on Sunday, June 21.  If you missed the video it is available on the ACA page of our website or online at archstl.org/aca.   

There will be "stationary" collection baskets in place at weekend Masses.  Fr. Ebert will announce their location and procedures for their use.  Online giving remains an option and can be accessed through our online giving webpage which can be found on the menu at left listed as Give (Online Giving).  Online giving can be provided directly through your bank or by credit card.  Tithes/donations can always be dropped off or mailed to Immaculate Conception.  To mail your contribution or any other communications, please send to Immaculate Conception, P.O. Box 66, Park Hills, MO. 
Thank you once again to those who found ways to provide donations to us throughout the period of Mass suspension. 

It should be well known that the Catholic Church does not support or condemn political candidates or parties.  That policy is followed by Fr. Ebert and Deacon Mike when speaking publicly.  Having said this, there are definitely political issues for which practicing Catholics may voice their opinions and Catholic teachings which lead us to support certain platforms or portions of a political platform without publicly condemning individual candidates or a particular political party.  The Catholic church is neither Republican nor Democrat, but supports and condemns various issues of all parties.  We encourage everyone to educate yourselves about candidates, political parties and issues and to have a good knowledge of Catholic teachings, and please do vote!

For more information or for a prayer from the USCCB, visit archstl.org/coronavirus .  For information about the virus visit the website for the Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html .

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