What ARE we doing to stay safe?
Several people watching Mass from their homes have asked about our safety measures as we continue to move out of quarantine. I suppose the uncertainty is because so much of what we do is unseen to most.
- A maintenance staff member is present every Sunday to clean the restrooms and common areas of the church several times each morning. The same is done each weekday.
- The pews are sprayed with disinfectant and wiped down between all Masses on Sundays and Weekdays.
- The doors of the church are left open so people do not have to touch door handles when entering and leaving.
- All teens and adults are required to wear a mask when entering the church and moving about. While it may be removed when in your pew, we recommend it stay on the entire Mass.
- Bulletins are at every entrance so people may take their own copy without it being handed to them. For the same reason, the collection baskets are at the doors of the church since we are not “passing the basket” at the offertory.
- Parishioners are asked to sit with a proper social distance. Recommended seating positions are at the doors of the church.
- Offertory gifts are not brought forward to limit those touching the gifts.
- The priests and deacons use hand sanitizer before beginning Mass and enter with masks since they are within 6 feet of people at that time. While they may remove the mask while at their chair, the altar and ambo, they put the mask back on and use hand sanitizer again before distributing Holy Communion.
- Communion in the hand has been required.
We hope these practices have helped to provide as safe an environment as possible. Of course, we intend to continue live-streaming the Mass daily as it has been helpful especially to those unable to attend Mass
End of Fiscal Year Reckoning
The parish operates on a JulyJune fiscal year. As I have noted in earlier bulletins, the collections were severely impacted by the Covid 19 virus and pandemic. For the month of May, our collections were off budget by $48,843. The yeartodate total shows that our collections were down $257,750. With the PPP loan we are able to continue paying salaries and keep our staff working, and with the extension on the loan, we will use most of the funds for salaries. Very little will be used for utilities, a provision allowed for in the loan.
Also, between the quarantine when our facilities were largely unused and the good stewardship of our maintenance crew, our utilities and supply costs are down for the year. I am optimistic about the financial outlook for this fiscal year but am concerned about the coming year. Some of our parishioners have lost jobs, income, and savings due to the pandemic. Some of those who contribute when they come to church have not been in church for some time. While the number of parishioners who give electronically grows, more individuals donating in this manner will help us with consistent donations.
If you do not use the electronic option for donations, please consider doing so. It is convenient, easy, and reliable. I use it myself. Simply hit the “Give Now” line under the Give dropdown above. It will take you to the secure registration page to begin donating electronically. If you would like help, call the parish office (636-532-3304), or stop by and we will be happy to help you set up your information (you will need to have your checking account information with you). Thanks to all our donors. While this has been a challenging year financially, we are still able to make improvements and offer strong and faithfilled programs for our parishioners. Your generosity and attention to being good stewards makes this possible. Thanks and God Bless!
Mass Live Stream SCHEDULE CHANGE
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Welcome Fr. Schumacher!
Fr. Stephen Schumacher will be here this week (6/29) as our new Associate Pastor. He has been ordained for a year and most recently in Rome finishing up his degree.
Welcome Deacon Detwiler!
We have a new transitional deacon, Dcn. Joseph Detwiler, who will be with us this summer and the next academic year. He is from Mary, Queen of All Saints parish in South County.
Adoration is Moving!
Due to public Masses resuming, Adoration will be back in the Little Church.
We have a new principal!
The Archdiocese of St. Louis has developed a new system for safe environment compliance called Prevent and Protect STL. Everyone ministering to minors and vulnerable adults in the Archdiocese are required to register in the new system. Click here to register.
This year's FairAscension celebration will be Saturday, August 22, 2020. With the coronavirus, we are unsure if we will be able to keep this date and will make a final decision by mid July. Stay tuned!