During difficult times like these, it’s important to remember what Paul calls us to do in the first letter to the Thessalonians and that is to “Pray without ceasing.” We encourage you to use these resources to continue your family’s prayer life:
Parish Office Closed
The parish office will be closed to the public, except by appointment, until further notice. Please do not hesitate to call or email if you need anything. We will still be available on our regular office phones.
Liturgical Guidelines Linked are the guidelines put into place by the diocese, based on recommendations from the CDC and what the diocese feels is best for the well-being of all who it serves. As we begin to reopen to the public, we expect all to follow these guidelines, in order to protect our parish family. https://kcsjcatholic.org/coronavirus-updates/liturgical-guidelines/
Parish Plan for Reopening
Guidelines for Signing Up for Mass
We have reopened the church for 2 weekend Masses in English and 1 in Spanish. The English Masses will be on Saturday at 4pm and Sunday at 8am. The Spanish Mass will be Sunday at 12:30pm. We will continue to stream weekend Masses online. We have also reopened weekday Masses on Tuesdays at 11am and Wednesdays through Fridays at 8am in the main sanctuary of the church. The chapel/cry room will be locked and closed for all services. Our top priority is to keep everyone healthy and safe, therefore, we will be following both CDC and diocesan guidelines and suggestions as we slowly get back to normal and only allowing 100 people in the sanctuary per Mass (this includes Fr. Jeff and liturgical ministers). In order to allow for more members of our parish family to be able to physically attend, we ask for your patience and cooperation with these guidelines that we’ve put in place.
Weekday Masses will be celebrated Tuesday at 11am and Wednesday – Friday at 8am. At this time, you do not need to sign up for weekday Masses. Weekday Masses will be celebrated in the sanctuary rather than the Day Chapel in order to allow 100 occupants and maintain social distancing.
We will have a weekend English Mass at 4pm Saturday, and continue to stream it at 6pm for those who are not physically present. We will have another English Mass at 8am Sunday. At this time, you must sign up to attend a weekend Mass ahead of time. We ask that you sign by the Thursday before in order to facilitate seat assigning.
Our Spanish weekend Mass will be at 12:30pm Sunday, and continue to stream at 3pm for those who are not physically present. At this time, you must sign up to attend a weekend Mass ahead of time. We ask that you sign by the Thursday before in order to facilitate seat assigning.
We strongly encourage members over 60 years, under 5 years and those with weakened immune systems to stay home. Bishop Johnston has extended his dispensation for all ofthe faithful and has also encouraged these most vulnerable to celebrate Mass from home.
Please call the parish office to sign up for a weekend Mass at 816-331-4713, preferably by the Thursday before the Mass you’d like to attend.
Preparing for Being Present at Mass
All who enter the church building must have a mask. They may be removed once you are in your pew. They must be on whenever you are not in your pew. Every attendant should check their temperature before coming to Mass. If it is elevated, or if you show any other symptoms of illness, stay home. If someone in your home or someone that you have been in close contact with has been tested positive for COVID-19 or shown any symptoms of illness, please stay home.
We also encourage you to bring hand sanitizer, if you have it.
Guidelines During Mass
We cannot hand out bulletins, but you can always find them online.
Check in with an usher or staff member on your way in to the building, they will tell you where to sit. If you have to wait on another family or individual to finish checking in, please keep six feet distance.
We will not pass the collection basket during the offertory, though we will have stationary baskets where you can drop your contribution during communion.
We will not shake hands or give hugs during the sign of peace.
All who receive communion must receive it in their hands. Please keep your mask on until after you have said “Amen” and stepped to the side. Then you can pull your mask down to consume the host and immediately replace your mask.
If you are not receiving communion, remain in your pew.
After Mass, we cannot allow for social gatherings, so we ask that you exit the building, keeping social distancing.
Please note that these guidelines are for the protection of all our parish family and are subject to change as necessary. We will update with any changes.