COVID-19 and Ste. Gen

 
 
 

May 28, 2020
 
Greetings Ste. Gen Parishioners,
Last weekend we began our Sunday Masses!  It was wonderful to see our parishioners celebrating together.   
Below you will find all Parish guidelines and at the end of this message, you will find all guidelines from the Archdiocese.  It is our main priority to maintain the safety and wellbeing of our parishioners.

Guidelines to follow for Mass attendance at Ste. Gen:
What we are doing…

  • For now and weather permitting, all Masses will be held at the outdoor chapel, in case of rain we will move to the Church.
  • We have used markings with blue tape indicating safe seating and standing to maintain proper social distance.
  • Additional seating for the outdoor chapel:  bring your own chairs, blankets or feel free to sit in your car.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in church but we suggest that you bring your own.
  • We will clean and sanitize after each Mass.
What we ask of you……
  • If you are in a high-risk category according to the CDC (over the age of 65; are immunocompromised; have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, lung disease, serious heart conditions etc), please stay home.  The Archdiocese recommends those over the age of 60 and those with underlying health complications are encouraged to participate in Masses via live-stream only.
  • All Catholics are still granted dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation.  Dispensation means that not attending Mass is NOT A SIN.
  • Bring and wear your own mask.
  • For one person, sit where the blue tape marks the seat. 
  • For members of households, there should be 6ft of distance between members of one household and members of another.
  • Altar Servers- for their safety, servers will not be used at this time.
  • Eucharistic Ministers-only one needed per Mass (volunteer please). Hands must be thoroughly sanitized and masks must be worn.
New Mass Schedule:
All Masses (including weekend Masses) will be held at the outdoor chapel, weather permitting, in case of rain we will move to the Church.

Weekday Mass Time:  Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. (one daily Mass).
Saturday morning:  No mass then until further notice.
Saturday Evening Mass:  4:30 p.m. with Confessions offered in the cry room from 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Sunday Masses:  7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. (not 9:30 a.m.), 11:00 a.m. (this will give us time to sanitize between Masses).

Please come early, as we may have to turn people away due to limited seating.  We are grateful for our parishioners and look forward to seeing you soon.
 
Many of the precautions to follow safety requirements will be labor intensive.  If you can help in any way please contact Deacon Matt Witte at 314-374-4044. Thank you
 
Spiritual Reflection from Deacon Matt Witte, May 31 Pentecost Sunday-
 
Many images come to mind when we think of the Holy Spirit:
  • Tongues of fire, a mighty wind, a dove. 
But in Sunday’s Gospel on the Feast of Pentecost, we are given a very intimate image. The Gospel says that Jesus breathed on the disciples and said:
  • “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
The Holy Spirit is the breath of God.  It is the breath of God that creates, gives life, purifies, and sanctifies. What a marvelous image of God’s divine action in us!
A friend of mine has told me many times that the Holy Spirit is a good friend of hers.
  • She even calls the Holy Spirit her “Buddy.”
I’ve told her that an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit is challenging for me. I have a much easier time sustaining a closeness to the Father and a friendship with the Son.
Maybe this would help you as it has helped me. I invite you to ask yourself some questions:
  • Where is the breath of life, and breath of God, experienced in my life?
  • Do I experience it at Mass? After celebrating Reconciliation?
  • At home with family? On walks through the neighborhood? In my own quiet time?
  • In waking? In falling asleep? In prayer? In daydreaming? In contemplation?
  • And when closeness & awareness of that breath of life is allowed to dissipate, how do you feel?
Receive the Holy Spirit. The breath of Life. The breath of God. God Bless You.
Deacon Matt

Music Ministry Updates from Laura Stoessel
I hope you have been able to find some comfort during these trying times and I hope this musical selection helps to lift your spirits as it did for me. Here is my music reflection this week:
https://youtu.be/bOWRxnz97ms  Send us Your Spirit by David Haas
"Come Lord Jesus, send us your Spirit, renew the face of the Earth." Such beautiful words echoed as we ready ourselves for Pentecost Sunday!
 
Parish Office Updates from Bridget Davis:
Thank you for your continued support of the parish. We could not do it without you.
The 2020 Parish Directory is available for pick up at all church exits.  If you cannot pick up at church, please contact the parish office, we will make sure you get one!
  • The church will be open Monday – Friday from  9 A.M. to 2 P.M. for personal reflection and devotions.  
  • Adoration will begin on Wednesday’s (see below for details)
  • Confessions will be offered on Saturday evenings from 3:30-4:15pm and can also be set up by appointment.  Please use our confidential email:  [email protected].
  • ***The Parish Office is now open.  Office hours are   9am-2pm, M-Th, closed on Fridays.  If we cannot help you during office hours, please call or email, [email protected], 314-966-3780.
  • For Daily Readings:  https://www.stegenevievedubois.org/Daily-Readings
 
Offertory Collection May 24, 2020:
Offertory Collection    $ 12,430
Electronic Giving          $  4,810
Total Contribution       $ 17,240

Adoration is back!
On Wednesday’s Adoration hours will be 7:30am-2:00pm.
We welcome back our regular Adorers along with parishioners who would like to sit alone with Jesus.
In an apparition to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Jesus spoke these beautiful words:  “I have a burning thirst to be honored by men and women in the Blessed Sacrament”.   Jesus desires to be with you, to have you gaze upon Him as He so lovingly gazes upon you.
 
Intentions for the sick:
Please remember the sick of the parish especially, Michael Pollock and Bill Pohrer.
Email us your special intentions so that we can continue to pray together for physical, spiritual and emotional healing.
 
Intentions for the Departed:
We would like to pray for the deceased and their families who have had to endure very unusual funerals.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithfully departed rest in peace:
Your special intention for the dearly departed.
 
Mass Cards are available and can be mailed directly to you or your loved one.  Each Mass is $10.00.
Mass Intention Rescheduling:
Because of the many Masses that must be rescheduled, we apologize that we cannot accommodate all requested dates and times.  Intentions will now be posted in our newsletter.
Mass Intentions
 
Saturday, May 30
4:30pm   Elizabeth Stites Miller & Family
 
Sunday, May 31
7:30am    People of the Parish
9:00am    Phyllis Schaeffer
11:00am  John A. McArthur
 
Monday, June 1
7:00am  Martin Wilson
 
Tuesday, June 2
7:00am  Clay Pentland
 
Wednesday, June 3
7:00am  Phyllis Schaeffer
 
Thursday, June 4
7:00am  Charles Edward Holmes
 
Friday, June 5
7:00am  Rose Jacobsmeyer
 
Saturday, June 6
4:30pm   Mr. & Mrs. Leo Schwald &   Family
 
Sunday, June 7
7:30am    People of the Parish
9:00am    Michael Pollock (Int)
11:00am  Martin Wilson

Baptism:  We welcome Penelope Jo Hoffmann, daughter of Chris and Teresa Hoffmann.
Welcome to the Ste. Gen Family!
If you have delayed a baptism, please contact the parish office to schedule or reschedule.  We are ready to help!
 
School Updates from Anthony Van Gessel
Ste. Gen Parishioners,
We have good news! We are in the process of planning both 8th Grade Graduation and First Communion. We plan to comply with all social distancing guidelines during the ceremonies.   Please continue to keep us in your prayers.
 
PSR Updates from Kathy Fleming
To all upcoming eighth grade parents:  keep an eye out for your child’s registration packet in the mail this week.  I will be sending an email next week regarding book and assignment drop off at Ste. Gen….stay tuned.  Please use my new email address:  [email protected] or you can call the parish office at 314-966-3780 if you have questions concerning PSR. 
God bless, Kathy Fleming CRE 

Thank you all for your dedication and unwavering faith.  Please continue to support one another, and to unite with all of our faithful in prayer to the Blessed Mother to intercede in healing us—body and spirit—and providing strength for those on the front lines fighting this virus and serving the needs of our community.
Yours in Christ,
Msgr. Daniel Mosley, Msgr. John Unger, Deacon Matt Witte, Kathy Fleming, Anthony Van Gessel
 
 
Reopening Guidelines and Restrictions from the Archdiocese
Annual Catholic Appeal:
 http://aca.archstl.org  In the next few weeks you will receive your ACA pledge card in the mail.  I encourage you to listen to the Archbishop's video and now more than ever your gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal can help those in need in St. Louis and surrounding areas especially those impacted and suffering from the Coronavirus pandemic.  You can also donate directly by clicking "donate today". It is very easy to donate on this site and the parish will be notified of your generous donation.  Thank you!

Pray the Rosary:  Pray the rosary with us at 4:00 pm before 4:30 pm Mass on Saturday, 30 May 2020.  Intention is for successful eradication of Covid-19 and good health for all.  Knight Fred Sauer will lead us.
 
Request from a parishioner:  please say one Hail Mary everyday for those exposed to or who have this terrible virus.