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.
Please note: Protocols for COVID-19 concerns - - Anyone visiting a current COVID-19 hot spot or traveling internationally will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days before being allowed back on Parish property.
Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary - We are accepting memberships.
Qualifications are: Wives, mothers and daughters (17-1/2 & older) of Knights in good standing; any practicing Catholic female (17-1/2 & older); members of Religious Orders in good standing with their Order.
Dues are $15 a year (collected in July). Meetings are held at 6:00 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Knights Hall.
The Auxiliary’s works include donations to local charities, assisting with Prayer Garden, supporting Shrimp Boil, Community Christmas Dinner, Rosary on the Harbor, Pilgrimage at Laurie, donating time to Tootsie Roll Drive, purchasing Coats for Kids, baby shower for Crossroads/Birthright and donations to our sister parish in India.
Contact Regina Mackenberg 660-287-7188 or Jerri Mockus 660-428-2342
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!
Feast of Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary - August 15 This year it is not a Holy Day of obligation. We will celebrate the Feast on Saturday, August 15 at 8:30 am. All are invited to attend Mass and show your devotion to Mary. (Note: Sunday and weekday Masses remain the same) This day also happens to be Fr. Alex’s birthday—in case you would like to send him birthday wishes!
Food Bank of Columbia MO—August 19—Diane at Katy Trails Community Health is looking for 10-15 volunteers (unload trucks/place baskets in autos as folks drive by) for the next community food give-way which will be held at Katy Trails—9:00 am until food is gone - @ noon - please call her at 660-438-2595 x205
Parish Council Meeting Highlights - July 23 - 5:30 pm
Fr. Alex reported that he may be working more with St. Bernadette’s parish in Hermitage due to their Deacon stepping down in September 2020. Further information to follow.
Jerri Mockus gave a financial report for the Parish as of June 30, 2020. Good news – much improvement from this time last year!
President Alex Brosnahan stated that all Church activities have been placed on hold for the time being due to COVID-19. There is hope that the Heritage Days dinner can be moved to November.
All Council members voted to retain the current St. Ann website. Discussions were held to consider a Diocesan program being offered to parishes. The Council may re-evaluate the Diocesan option at a later date.
An election of some new officers will be held in October to fill positions of those ending their terms.
A plan is being established for updating the parishioner listing for St. Ann by November this year. More information to follow.
Next meeting scheduled for August 20 at 6:00 pm.
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!
Sts. Peter & Paul Fair Breakfast - still planning on having the Fair Breakfast on Saturday, September 12. Please mark your calendar and plan to volunteer to help when the volunteer list is out next month.
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 August Prayer for our Local Church is:
For our parish and school communities, that we may be bound by a spirit of unity to work together for the common good during the pandemic.