Attendance at Mass Due to the danger and contagious nature of the coronavirus, Bishop Duca has extended indefinitely the dispensation from Sunday Mass to all Catholics within the Baton Rouge Diocese. As a result of this dispensation we will continue to stream on FACEBOOK. (FACEBOOK.com/StJohns70769) and then post on FACEBOOK as well as the parish web site (www.stjohnchurch.org) our 8:30 a.m. weekday Mass and our 4:30 p.m. Saturday Vigil weekend Mass. Once these Liturgies are posted, they can be viewed at any later time. Requirements at Mass 1) Anyone attending Mass must wear a face mask. 2) Except for family members, a social distance of six feet must be kept between all individuals. 3) Due to social distancing, we will not initially be able to use Alter Servers and Lectors until we can determine how they can safely exercise their rolls. 4) We will not be able to use hymnals, missalettes or any books which could transfer the virus. Feel free to bring your own personal missal. Other Considerations 1) Since the Sunday Mass obligation is dispensed, we encourage parishioners (whose schedules permit) to attend a weekday Mass. This will leave the 250 person weekend quota available to those who can attend Mass only on Sunday. 2) To encourage weekday Mass attendance, we will continue our 8:30 a.m. weekday. 3) The previous diocesan directives of March 17th, 2020 concerning weddings, funerals, marriages, Anointing of the Sick, baptisms, and homebound Communion will remain in effect as long as necessary. 4) CONFESSIONS can now be heard at our original times of 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on weekdays and 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Please keep social distance while awaiting your turn and please know beforehand that Confessions must now stop on time to allow for prompt streaming of Mass. 5) Due to remaining state and diocesan requirements, our church office staff must continue to work from home. Any staff member, Fr. Martin included, can be reached through the normal office phone #225/673-8307. Please no emails.
Keep Sunday a Holy Day for you and your family! Pray, read scripture, talk about the scriptures, watch the Mass on television, eat a meal together.
Sunday Masses are broadcast on COX channel 15 at 10:00am and 12:30pm and on EWTN, COX channel 268 at 7:00am and 11:00am. Make the Mass a part of your Sunday schedule, don’t just “sleep in”.
REGARDING EMERGENCIES THAT NECESSITATE A VISIT BY A PRIEST- An emergency that requires a visit by a priest is defined as, “a death has occurred, or someone is in danger of death.” If this situation arises for you and your loved ones, please call 225.673.5532