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.
NOTE: To see Bishop McKnight's full New Decree for Pastoral Activities in View of COVID-19 dated Aug 21, 2020 click on the link at the bottom of this page.
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 facemasks 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 handwashing 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;
Whereas having received the recommendation of the Presbyteral Council to extend the current norms with regard to the pandemic;
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 27 November 2020, provided that for days of precept they do one of the following:
a. Prayerfully participate in the Sunday or Holy Day of Obligation Mass live streamed from their parish church or chapel, the Cathedral, the Vatican, or any validly celebrated Mass.
b. Prayerfully read and meditate on the readings of the Mass for the Sunday or Holy Day of Obligation, and recite the rosary or Divine Mercy chaplet.
2. Parishes are highly encouraged to live stream Masses for Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation indefinitely.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
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. This includes anyone who is on parish property on a regular basis. Please use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) map of hot spots to help determine if your travel takes you to a current hot spot. States at the highest levels of current cases qualify as a hot spot - https://www.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/index.html#cases
Abiding by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, use of face masks upon entering the Church, during the celebration of Mass except when in place in the pew, during the Communion procession, and upon leaving the church is required. If social distancing cannot be maintained in the pew, then the wearing of face masks is obligatory even in the pew.
Prayer for a Pandemic
May we who are merely inconvenienced, remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors, remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home, remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close, remember those who have no options.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home, remember those who have no home.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.
Text and Email Scams - A scam has hit many parishes across the United States, as well as other faith communities. The Federal Trade Commission provided information on this scam July 2019. 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, Google Play cards or iTune cards.
Knights of Columbus - We will be hosting another fish fry on November 6, 2020 from 4 pm - 7 pm. We will continue the changes to our normal service due to COVID-19 concerns, including social distancing/limited seating inside and curb to-go service. Inside dinners will be $11 for adults and $5.50 for children under 12 years old. Carry out dinners are $10 each. We encourage the to go service! Mark your calendars and come out for a great dinner!
Thank You to everyone who supported the Bazaar sale at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Saturday, October 17!
St. Ann Parish Council—Cast your vote!!
Nominations are being counted and a ballot developed so parishioners can vote for new Parish Council members. Watch for the ballot soon as a bulletin insert and remember - your vote matters!
Catholic Stewardship Appeal - Kick Off October 17-18, 2020
This annual appeal is the primary source of funding for sustaining ministry and assistance for the 104 Catholic churches in the 38 counties that make up the Diocese of Jefferson City. The CSA theme, "For i know well the plans I have in mind for you, plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope" (Jeremiah 29:11), encourages each of us to give back to God for what we have received. Please pray and give consideration on how you can help with this year's Catholic Stewardship Appeal.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As I enter my third year as Bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City, I am extremely grateful for your generosity and commitment to our Catholic faith. This year’s theme is,
"For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope." JEREMIAH 29:11
I have watched our community grow stronger in faith even during these uncertain times we are experiencing. I ask that you continue to help me carry out the mission and work of the church by prayerfully considering supporting the annual Catholic Stewardship Appeal through a sacrificial gift.
May God bless you for your generosity, and may Christ’s peace be with you. I am,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Rev. W. Shawn McKnight
Bishop of Jefferson City
40 Days for Life begins September 23
From Sept 23—Nov 1, you’re invited to join other Christians for 40 Days for Life – 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. You’re also invited to stand and peacefully pray during a 40-day vigil in the public right-of-way outside Columbia Planned Parenthood, 711 N Providence Rd, and also to help spread the word about this important community outreach. If you’d like more information – and especially if you’d like to volunteer to help with your on site time, talent or treasure, please contact Kathy Forck 573-821-5130 or visit www.40daysforlife.com/columbiamo.
Register to Vote—and then Vote! Much has been in the news lately about voting procedures for the November election. Each state has its own voting procedures. To vote in Missouri, one needs to be registered. Missouri offers voter registration online, by mail, or in person. You have until October 7 to register to vote.
Once registered, you have the option this year to vote by absentee ballot or by mail-in ballot for the November election. The Secretary of State’s office has a handout on the requirements for absentee and mail voting. October 21 is the deadline to request either an absentee ballot or a mail-in ballot. Absentee ballots may be requested in person and may be turned in by mail or in person by election day. Mail-in ballots must be mailed back through the U.S. mail and received no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day.
For those voting on Election Day, the polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you arrive later than 7 p.m., you will not be allowed to vote, but those waiting in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote. Check with the Election Board to find out where you go to vote. For detailed guidelines from the Bishop, see the latest Catholic Missourian.
PRIORITIES AT THE POLLS
By Most Reverend Joseph F. Naumann
As Catholics approach the polls, we are asked to weigh many important issues. The U.S. bishops have reaffirmed that “the threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks life itself, because it takes place within the sanctuary of the family, and because of the number of lives destroyed.” While they did warn us not to “dismiss or ignore other serious threats to human life and dignity such as racism, the environmental crisis, poverty, and the death penalty,” they did give priority to upholding and defending our brothers’ and sisters’ most basic right—to live. Archbishop Naumann is Archbishop of Kansas City, Kansas and Chair of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
We pray the Rosary before Mass each Sunday at 10:30 am—please join us!
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!
St Bernadette has a new website, please take a look at https://stbernadette.diojeffcity.org
Bishop McKnight's October Prayer for our Local Church is:
For all citizens in our country, that our participation in the upcoming elections may lead to a world which places a preeminence on the dignity of all human life.
Your generous support and contributions will help enable our Parish to fund those in need and improve our Church.
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