ST. John the Baptist Parish News & Events

Parish news, events & Announcements

Precautions Regarding COVID-19 and Statement from Archdiocese

Due to the increasing number of confirmed cases of COVID-19/coronavirus in Minnesota, Archbishop Bernard Hebda this week announced his decision to dispense all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass, until further notice. If the faithful decide that congregating for Sunday Mass would constitute a risk to themselves or others, they have the freedom not to attend. Masses, however, will continue to be celebrated in our parishes as regularly scheduled at this time. This is a rare dispensation and a decision he said he did not take lightly. A copy of the Archbishop’s letter is at the welcome desk in the gathering place and can be accessed through this link.

Please join us in praying for all those diagnosed with COVID-19/coronavirus. It is incumbent upon each of us to be vigilant and take all necessary precautions to slow down the spread of the virus. For the time being the following steps will be taken here at St. John the Baptist:

  • We are suspending the Sign of Peace.
  • We are suspending Communion from the Chalice.
  • We ask you to please refrain from hand-holding during the Our Father.

Also, please stay home if you feel sick or have flu-like symptoms. You are relieved of your Sunday obligation if you are ill or are caring for someone who is sick. A reminder that if you are ill at home, you can watch a live-stream of the Mass on our YouTube channel titled “St. John’s Catholic Church & Montessori School” here.

*View full message sent out to parishioners on March 13, 2020 here.


Holy Triduum Schedule

Thursday, April 9th: Holy Thursday
9:00 am Morning Prayer
7:00 pm Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper
8:30-11:30 pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Friday, April 10th: Good Friday
9:00 am Morning Prayer
3:00 pm Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion Service

Saturday, April 11th: Holy Saturday
9:00 am Morning Prayer
8:00 pm Easter Vigil in the Holy Night Mass

Sunday, April 12th: Easter Sunday
8:00 am Easter Sunday Mass –
The Resurrection of the Lord
10:00 am Easter Sunday Mass –
The Resurrection of the Lord

St. John's Concert Series - Season Finale
Thursday, May 14, 2020 7:00 pm

To You, O Lord, I Lift My Soul
Featuring works by J.S. Bach, Cherwien, Gjeilo, Schubert and more
Directed by Dr. Jacob Benda
Our Lady of Lourdes Choir and String Quartet
Toni Andres, flute
Bill Munson, piano
The concert will be followed by a reception where the audience may enjoy refreshments and fellowship and an opportunity to greet the performer.

*All concerts are open to the public with no admission charge. No registration required.

More information on our concert series tab here.