Dear Parishioners of St. John and St. Joseph,
I have missed you! I pray you have been safe and well during this unique time. I want you to know I have been praying seriously hard for all of you, especially for those who may have felt like they were forgotten or left without much communication during this time. But I believe we have adapted, learned a lot, and are going to be much stronger, united parishes moving forward. I am excited!!
Here is the good news. We are coming back! HOWEVER, things will not be as they once were. I wanted to communicate to you our plans and vision for the future:
We will begin with limited public masses the weekend of Pentecost (May 30th and 31st). Our temporary weekly schedule will be as follows:
Saturday: 3:30 PM Confessions / 4:30 PM Mass (with limited public)
Sunday: 9:00 AM Mass (live-streamed only – no public in attendance)
10:30 AM Mass (with limited public)
Monday: 6:00 PM (with limited public and live-streamed)
Tuesday: 8:00 AM (with limited public and live-streamed)
Wednesday: 6:00 PM (with limited public and live-streamed)
Thursday: 8:00 AM (with limited public and live-streamed)
Friday: 8:00 AM (with limited public)
The Diocese of Duluth has temporarily suspended the obligation to attend weekend Mass, so please be prudent in your decision to attend Mass in person. Please also consider attending Mass during the week rather than the weekend to help more evenly distribute the faithful who attend. We will continue to live-stream the majority of our Masses via our Facebook page. All live-streamed Masses are recorded and posted on our Facebook page immediately after the live-stream is finished allowing you to watch Mass at your convenience.
We ask that you please go on our website or Facebook page and review the Diocese of Duluth Covid-19 Protocols. It will answer many of the questions you may have. Here are a few things I would like to highlight:
- We need to follow social distance protocols when you come into the Church. Two-thirds of the pews have been roped off. Please do not sit in them. This may mean that you may not be able to sit in your favorite pew. We ask that you put your personal preferences aside and seek what is best for the greater whole.
- You are encouraged to wear masks.
- There will be no greeting or touching.
- Collections will be taken as you come into Church instead of during Mass.
- Hymnals will be removed and singing of responses and hymns is not permitted as this is one of the fastest ways to spread the virus.
- Communion will be distributed but will take place at the end of Mass, and instructions will be given at Mass as to how this will take place. You are not required to receive communion.
I thank you for your patience and understanding as we seek to move forward safely and carefully. All of this is hopefully temporary, but for the time being will be how we operate. Please be kind. I will personally be here to greet you as you come through our doors as well as a team of others to make sure you feel welcome and safe! We look forward to having you back, and may everything we do be focused on Jesus.