On March 16, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson mandated the suspension of all public Masses and liturgical celebrations, effective immediately. This directive is an attempt to halt the spread of COVID-19 and adhere to the CDC recommendation for social distancing and limit of numbers of people gathered in a particular space.
To that end:
n Effective Monday, March 16, and continuing until April 6, there will be no public celebration of Holy Mass, Stations of the Cross, or other liturgical celebrations in the Church of Ste. Genevieve.
n The church will remain open each day for private prayer and devotion in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
n The Perpetual Adoration Chapel will remain open.
n The parish office will remain open and work will continue as normal.
n Funerals will be permitted, but attendance is to be kept to family and close friends.
n Baptisms will still be celebrated at a time scheduled with each family.
n Smaller gatherings such as the Tuesday scripture group, Friday Divine Mercy Chaplet, RCIA, quilters, etc. will still continue.
n Confessions will be available at the following times:
— Monday through Thursday 4 to 5 p.m.
— Friday 3 to 4 p.m.
These times might be modified based on the need and demand of parishioners.
The church is working on a plan to televise Mass via internet live steam and Ste. Genevieve Community Access Television. Please check the parish Facebook page for details as they become available.
Watch the parish Facebook page for new information.
“While a decision such as suspending the celebration of Holy Mass is not unprecedented, it is a great source of sadness for the people and the priests,” Rev. Edward Nemeth said in a statement from the church. “The parish remains ready to assist everyone with their spiritual needs and provide comfort during these uncertain times. We pray for the swift end of this pandemic and the return to our normal liturgical life.
“Ste. Genevieve … pray for us.”
(Information from the Church of Ste. Genevieve.)
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Per guidance received from the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the St. Mary Immaculate Conception Church Preservation Society has canceled all upcoming Masses and large events scheduled to be held at the chapel and the hall until such a time that the Archdioceses lifts the use restriction.