SUSPENSION OF ALL PUBLIC MASSES IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF ST LOUIS

This page was updated on Tuesday, March 31, 2020

In order to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, has mandated the suspension of all public Masses in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, beginning immediately, as of March 16, 2020.

The Mass suspension has now been extended through and including Holy Week and Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020.  This is still the date that we are abiding by.  This date could be extended even further out.  We will update this page as soon as possible if we receive further directives.  At this point we are still  looking forward to resuming Masses on Monday morning, April 13, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

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

We know that the directive is now in effect through Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020, so there will be no  Holy Week Masses or public activities that encourage large gatherings, no Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday evening, nor will there be an Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord Mass at either Immaculate Conception or St. John the Apostle on Easter Sunday.    Please refer back to this page periodically for updates.

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord...The blessed palm branches are then to be placed in a convenient location so that parishioners may come and receive them according to the arrangements of the pastor.   Fr. Ebert will bless palms on Sunday morning, April 5, 2020, and he has made the following arrangements:   We invite you to pick up a blessed palm.  You may stop by Immaculate Conception on Palm Sunday morning, April 5, 2020 between 10:30-11:30 or stop by St. John the Apostle on Palm Sunday afternoon between 12:30-1:00 p.m..  Please maintain all of the recommended precautions such as maintaining a distance of 6 feet between individuals.  We would love to see you and hope that you take advantage of this opportunity to stop by the parish; however,  after picking up your palm branch,  please be mindful of the health and welfare of others and make your visit brief.  

We know that there will be no weekday morning Masses or Communion services at least until Monday, April 13, 2020.

We know that Parish School of Religion will not meet until further notice.  Guidelines from the Archdiocese of St. Louis regarding their school systems say that their Catholic schools should remain closed until Monday, April 27,  2020.  This would also apply to Parish Schools of Religion.  If this date is extended again we will provide that update along with our decision as to future plans regarding our PSR program here at Immaculate Conception.  Parents of students preparing for First Communion will be contacted once a plan has been put in place regarding First Holy Eucharist and whether or not that will still be possible for Sunday, April 26th.

We know that the Immaculate Conception Youth Group will not meet face-to-face until further notice.  That does not mean that we might not be able to come up with alternative activities to help keep us connected.  At this point, Steubenville STL in July has not been cancelled, but youth should be aware that this is tenuous.

Future dates for Eucharistic Adoration scheduled at Immaculate Conception are tentative.  We hope to return to our 3rd Wednesday of the month Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.   An hour of Eucharistic Adoration will be available on Holy Thursday, April 9, 2020 at Immaculate Conception beginning at 8:00 p.m..

We know that Stations of the Cross will not be publicly provided at either Immaculate Conception or St. John the Apostle again during this Lenten season.  There are parishes in our immediate area that have Stations of the Cross set up outdoors and this could be an option for individuals who wish to continue following the Way of the Cross through the Lenten season.  OR, watch The Passion of the Christ from home.  Details about our parish movie night (watching from home) are on the Movie Nights page listed on the menu at left.

We know that "all other group services" are to be suspended.  This included our Parish Mission which was scheduled for  March 22-25, 2020 and the Knights of Columbus 5th Sunday Pancake Breakfast.  It also will include the Annual Easter Egg Hunt (hoping to reschedule),   the Women's Quiet Retreat in Belleville, IL (retreats are available in the fall and additional retreat times may be added as well) and the 50 Plus Dinner/Meeting for April (will not be rescheduled for April).  More details about other arrangements or the possibility of rescheduling will be provided as they become available.

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

We know that all churches are to remain open to individuals for personal prayer, devotions and confessionsPlease call ahead of time to schedule such visits.  As much as we would like to be able to have an "open door" policy at both parishes, this is not logistically possible.  Face-to-face Reconciliations will not be provided, but confession from behind the screen will be available for those who wish to schedule a time with Fr. Ebert.  At this time we still hope to provide the period of Extended Confession on Saturday, April 4th beginning at 3:30 p.m.  We would like to remind you that the parish grounds are always open.
 
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 having cold or flu-like symptoms or a fever please inform Fr. Ebert before scheduling the visit.

The parish bulletin will continue to be published and delivered to the parish as long as we are able to.  Paper copies of the most recent weekly bulletin can now be retrieved from 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 www.jspaluch.com, choose e-Services from the top menu, choose Bulletin Subscriptions and then simply follow the directions.

Fr. Ebert will be celebrating a private Mass daily with Deacon Burch assisting.  The directive for Mass Intentions has been updated and Mass Intentions are now being allowed once more for these private Masses.  All Mass Intentions previously scheduled during Mid-March that were not provided are being rescheduled for a later date.  Mass Intention requests may be dropped off at the office or mailed to Immaculate Conception at PO Box 66, Park Hills, MO  63601. We do encourage you to watch Mass from the security of your own home either on your television or online.  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.  Keep in touch with your family members and neighbors and make sure they have what they need.  Fr. Ebert, Deacon Burch and Brenda Carrow are still working out of their offices and we are all  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.  THERE ARE NO PLANS to SUSPEND THE FOOD PANTRY.  THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION FOOD PANTRY WILL CONTINUE TO BE OPEN ON FRIDAYS 7:30-9:30 A.M.!  Social distancing procedures have been put in place.

The Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) will be delayed.  Pledge weekends were originally set to begin April 18, 2020.  We do  not know yet when these weekends might be rescheduled.  ACA materials have been received by the parish and your donations and pledges can still be provided if you prefer not to wait.

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 .

We would also remind you that without Masses there will be no collection baskets, but our churches still have operating costs and your tithes remain essential to the continued operation of our parishes and their missions.  Online giving is always 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 can be provided directly through your bank or by credit card.  Tithes/donations can always be dropped off or mailed to Immaculate Conception at 1020 W. Main St., Park Hills, MO. 
Thank you once again to those who have already found ways to provide donations to us. 

There are absolutely no plans to close the Rectory Office!
 

Live Streaming of Masses Daily from the Cathedral Basilica, St. Louis!
Daily Masses 10:00 a.m.
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord 8:00 a.m.
Chrism Mass (to be recorded on Tuesday and made available for viewing)  Holy Thursday, 10:00 a.m.
Mass of the Lord's Supper, Holy Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Friday of the Passion of the Lord, Good Friday, 3:00 p.m.
Easter Vigil in the Holy Night, Easter Vigil, 8:00 p.m.
Easter of the Resurrection, Easter Sunday, 8:00 a.m.

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