Fr. Alex Ekka is the Pastor of St Ann of Warsaw, Mo., St. Peter and Paul of Cole Camp, Mo. and St. Bernadette of Hermatige, Mo. Catholic Churches.
The Mass schedule until further notice will be on Saturdays at St. Bernadette at 4:00 PM, on Sundays at St. Ann on at 8:30 AM and at Cole Camp 11:00 AM.
Whereas Governor Mike Parson has lifted the statewide health order beginning 16 June 2020, leaving the determination of public health requirements to local governments; and
Whereas the Department of Health and Senior Services of the State of Missouri and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States Federal Government continue to recommend: the observance of social distancing and the use of face masks when in gatherings; that persons 65 years of age and older, as well as those with certain medical conditions, avoid public gatherings as much as possible; and the practice of frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizers; and
Whereas the common good demands that the public health requirements and recommendations of the state are to be observed whenever possible;
I therefore declare, as the Diocesan Bishop, the following:
1. All the faithful of the Diocese of Jefferson City, and those who are present in the territory of the Diocese, are dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation until 11 September 2020, provided that for days of precept after 1 July 2020 they do one of the following:
a. Participate in the Sunday or Holy Day of Obligation Mass live-streamed from their parish church or chapel, the Cathedral, or the Vatican.
b. Prayerfully read and meditate on the readings of the Mass for the Sunday or Holy Day of Obligation, and recite the rosary.
c. Prayerfully read and meditate on the readings of the Mass for the Sunday or Holy Day of Obligation, and recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
1. Those who are symptomatic for COVID-19 are not permitted to enter church properties, in accordance with national, state and local health directives. All are asked to check their temperature at home before going to church.
2. Those who are 65 years of age or older, and those with medical conditions, are highly encouraged not to go to Mass when it is likely that there will be a large number of the faithful in attendance or if social distancing and the wearing of face masks are not observed.
3. Those who do not attend Mass on Sundays are encouraged to attend Mass on a weekday if it would be easier to observe the proper social distancing and other health recommendations.
Note by Fr. Alex Ekka:- The rest of the guidelines regarding face covering and social distancing are as before. Read the full text in the PDF below.
– All are obliged to wear mask or other face covering and gloves upon entering the church and continue wearing them except when seated and while consuming the Holy Communion.
– All should strictly maintain the social distance of minimum 6-foot while sitting in the pews. A family can sit together but maintain the distance of 6-foot with other family or individuals.
– Rules of social distancing are to be strictly observed while entering and going out of the church as well as while receiving Holy Communion.
– Ushers will not go around for offertory collection. Faithful are requested to drop their contributions in baskets while entering the church.
Fr. Alex Ekka
The Rosary is prayed 30 minutes ahead of each weekend mass.
Fr. Alex Ekka, Pastor
Phone 660-438-5870 (Residence)
Office Phone: 660-438-3844
Office Hours: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Tuesday - Friday
Secretary - Debra Blair
Bookkeeper - Jerri Mockus
Religious Education - Deacon Chris Wickern
PC President - Alex Brosnahan
Grand Knight - David Grimes
Ladies Auxiliary - Regina Mackenberg
Altar & Rosary - Paula Billinger
Mary Craig - Secretary
Kristi Craig - Bookkeeper
PC President - Carol Baalman
Anita M. Mertz - Office Bookkeeper
We pray for the health and recovery of all who are ill and not with us today. We encourage those who are home to join the community by praying the Sunday Scriptures, using the readings located at www.diojeffcity.org and perhaps praying the Rosary or the Divine Chaplet.
Email and Text Scams: Recently some parishioners of St. Ann Warsaw have received text messages which appear to be coming from Fr. Alex. Based on such incidents and many others, the Diocese of Jefferson City warns the public of what appears to be an ongoing phishing scam involving emails and texts purportedly from Priests or Parish/Chancery staff. This scam has hit many parishes across the United States. The email or text purports to be from a person the target knows, such as one’s pastor, a Parish staff member, the Bishop or someone else from the Church. If the target responds to the fake email or text, the sender will follow-up with a request for some sort of monetary assistance, often for gift cards or iTune cards. If you received an email or text from a trusted Church personnel asking for assistance, confirm by calling that person and do not respond to the email or text.
COVID-19 Spirtual Adoption
If you or your prayer group would like to spiritually adopt an individual or family within our diocese that has been affected by the Coronavirus, please contact Erin Boeckmann at email@example.com. Only first names of those affected by the virus will be shared.
St Ann's Annual Bazaar
The Bazaar is currently on hold due to pandemic conditions. We will meet again next month to discuss options.
Diocesan Mission Collection
Next weekend’s annual Diocesan Mission Collection will help support our mission partners around the globe. We currently have 15 priests serving in the Diocese of Jefferson City from India, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, and Ghana. Your support helps their home dioceses, who are sharing their human resources (priests) with our diocese. Please be generous by using your parish envelope or going online to http://diojeffcity.org/donate/ and choose Missions.
(See letter from Bishop McKnight and The Missions newsletter for additional information – insert)
Extra envelopes are available for your contribution—place them in the basket marked “Mission”
Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary - - will be making masks on July 20 from 9 am to 12 noon in the Church hall. The masks will be donated to the community. Volunteers are certainly welcome to assist in this community effort.
Knights of Columbus - - will be hosting a fish fry on August 14, 2020 from 4 pm - 7 pm. They will be making changes to their normal service due to COVID-19 concerns, including social distancing/limited seating inside and curb to-go service. Mark your calendars and come out for a great dinner!
St Ann’s Parish Council - - will hold a meeting Thursday, July 23, in the Church hall at 5:30 pm. Those in attendance should wear a mask and maintain social distancing; those who would not feel comfortable should not attend.
Best Choice Save-a-Label Program
Please save your Best Choice labels. We need the UPC portion (proof of purchase). There is a jar in the hall to put them in. The Save-A-Label program is an extremely successful program, which helps non-profit organizations raise money. Currently, there are over 8,900 non-profit groups in the AWG trade area that participate in the program. These groups earn $.03 for each Best Choice UPC symbol redeemed, with a minimum of 1,000 labels required for redemption. This program represents more than 1.2 million cases of Best Choice products purchased by consumers in one year!
Seniors of North Benton County - will be holding a fundraiser on July 12 - serving lasagna or spaghetti with meat sauce from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall (free will donation for the meal). There will be limited seating, as mandated, or get a meal to go. Call 660-668-2352. Leave name and number if no answer. Funds raised will go toward the renovation of the Cole Camp Senior Center.
St. Peter and Paul Church Repairs: Below is a list of the repairs that need to be done around the church. If you have any expertise in any of these areas or know someone that does, please give Carol Baalman a call at 660-287-1588. Some of these could be done by church members. Others will need bids.
Guttering on the garage
Door outside furnace room needs new wood trim and door lock
Small back door in the church hall need new door and threshold
Heat system pipes need insulation or tape
Windows - all should be caulked with the wood siding replaced and insulated
Roof - some loose shingles and vent pipe has a crack and needs new flashing
Questions: call Shirley Smith: 660-547-3710
St Bernadette has a new website, please take a look at https://stbernadette.diojeffcity.org
Bishop McKnight's June Prayer for our Local Church is:
May the Sacred Heart of Jesus transform all men, especially fathers, to trust in the model of St. Joseph to instill in them courageous leadership and devotion for those whom God has placed in their care.