ST. John the Baptist COVID-19 RESOURCES

St. John the Baptist COVID-19 Response plan UPDATES & RESOURCES

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3/27/2020 - UPDATE REGARDING MN STAY-aT-HOME ORDER

In accordance with Governor Walz’s latest executive orders, we will be abiding by the Stay at Home requirements that go into effect this Friday, March 27 at 11:59pm until Friday, April 10, 11:59pm. The Stay at Home requirement that Governor Walz has enacted still allows for churches to remain open, as he recognizes that having places of worship is essential, however, these restrictions will require changes to our already limited sacramental offerings. 

Masses will continue to be available via Live Stream on our YouTube channel at tinyurl.com/sjbyoutube. We will also continue to Live Stream Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 5:30pm. 

ADORATION
While the church will remain unlocked for private prayer, we will be reposing the Blessed Sacrament during these next two weeks. We will repose the Blessed Sacrament this Friday, March 27, at 5:00pm. However, please come, as you are able, to spend time with Jesus, who is perpetually present in the tabernacle! For those who have scheduled adoration hours, we invite you to come and pray during that time, but you are not required to do so. We will continue to have a 24-7 live feed of the sanctuary streamed to YouTube for those who wish to pray in view of the tabernacle but are unable to come to the church to do so.

CONFESSION
Confessions will continue to be offered per the revised schedule:

Confessions:
Tuesdays 4:00-5:00pm
Wednesdays & Thursdays 9:00-10:00am
Fridays 6:00-7:00pm
Saturdays 9:00-10:00am & 3:30-4:30pm


It is CRITICALLY important that we enforce strict social distancing and limit the number of people in the church at any given time to NO MORE than 10. We do not want to be perceived to be in violation of these important health directives. Please abide by the required 6 ft distancing between yourself and others waiting in line for confession. And MOST importantly, please do not come to the church for any reason if you or a member of your household is experiencing any cold/flu-like symptoms or if you or anyone in your household has been directly exposed to anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19/coronavirus. 

RECEPTION OF THE EUCHARIST

I have been deeply moved by the many people who have come the last week to receive the Eucharist after Mass. However, in accordance with the decree from Governor Walz, I do not want to be put others in violation of this order, or to encourage "group" gatherings. Because of this, for the time being, I will no longer be offering the Eucharist after Mass. However, I will be offering the opportunity for parishioners to receive the Eucharist individually, because I believe that it is essential. Given that we are all now "homebound", I will be expanding my ministry to the homebound. In so, visiting parishioners to provide you with the Eucharist, I will follow the guidelines recommended by the Center for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health. Recognizing that the number of requests for Holy Communion could well exceed my capacity to visit each person on a daily basis, and perhaps even make a weekly visit to each person difficult, I do ask for people to permit me some flexibility as we navigate these requests in the coming two weeks. Nonetheless, anyone who would like to receive Communion and is a registered member of our parish, please feel free to email communion@stjohns-excelsior.org or call my phone at 952-474-8868 ext. 216. 

OFFICE HOURS
The parish office will be closed to the public through April 10th. We will reevaluate at that time, depending on future direction from the Governor. In the meantime, staff will continue to be available to assist parishioners by phone and email. If you have an urgent pastoral need, such as death or serious illness, please call the Emergency Line at 952-474-8868 Option 1. 

FINANCIAL SUPPORT
If you are not already enrolled in our online giving program, and your own financial status allows you to continue supporting our work, I ask you to please consider registering today, you can go online to faith.direct/MN855It takes just 5 minutes and automates your weekly or monthly giving in just a few easy steps. Please SIGN UP NOW and ensure the continued operations of our parish!

If you are not able to give electronically, please consider mailing in your weekly offertory gift, or dropping it off in the secure deposit box at the Gathering Place entrance. Offertory gifts can be mailed to St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish, 680 Mill Street, Excelsior, MN 55331. Addressed, stamped envelopes are available on the Gathering Place Welcome Desk for your convenience.  

I understand the financial stress many are facing with the COVID-19 situation and want our parishioners to know how very grateful I am for each and every contribution. As a community, we also are very blessed with parishioners who have offered to assist our community members in need, from grocery shopping and errands to assistance accessing Mass online. If you or someone you know are in need of help during these stressful times, please contact stjohns@stjohns-excelsior.org or 952-474-8868 for assistance and support.

Please continue praying for all those who are afflicted by Covid-19 and all those who care for the sick. Know of my continued prayers for you and your family!

God bless,
Fr. Carlson

3/18/2020 - All public masses in the archdiocese are suspended

Archbishop Hebda sent a letter to all priests today at 5:30 pm stating that all public Masses will be suspended in our Archdiocese in order to comply with the CDC recommendations in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Suspension of public Masses will begin immediately. (Read full letter here) For more information, please visit the archdiocesan COVID-19 website here

Fr. Carlson will continue to offer Masses privately as scheduled and they will be live-streamed on our YouTube channel which can be found HERE. Please join us online for all regularly scheduled Mass times, Tuesday-Sunday. Any changes to this schedule will be communicated via email and on our parish website. Please unite yourself to the sacrifice of the Holy Mass and pray the following prayer for Spiritual Communion:

My Jesus, 
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 
I love You above all things, 
and I desire to receive You into my soul. 
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually into my heart. 
I embrace You as if You were already there 
and unite myself wholly to You. 
Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

3/13/2020 - Message from Archbishop Hebda

IF an SJB student, visitor or faculty/staff member has a confirmed case of covid-19

  • Contact Pricipal Angela Wroblewski at awroblewski@stjohns-excelsior.org or Parish Administrator Andrea McMerty-Brummer at a amcmerty-brummer@stjohns-excelsior.org immediately. 
  • SJB would contact the MDH in the event of an exposure and take appropriate action based on guidelines, direction provided, and best practice. If in-person classes or childcare were in session, distance learning would be implemented and childcare suspended for a period of time. 
  • SJB would communicate with you as appropriate to provide general information and guidance.  Our practice would be to not release the name of anyone who has a confirmed case. 

SJB's response plan in event of a confirmed case of covid-19

  • If we receive notification that a student, faculty/staff member, or visitor has a confirmed case of COVID-19, SJB school would move to a distance learning environment. The length of time would be determined based on when the case was confirmed. It is likely our building would stay closed for a two-week period.
  • Athletics and co-curricular activities would be cancelled during this same time period. Teams would not be permitted to meet off campus. 
  • The school building would not be open to students, faculty, or staff during a closure. Students would not be allowed to enter the building under any circumstance. School staff will be picking up mail directly from the Post Office. 
  • If the building were to be closed, the main phone line would be answered during regular Main Office Hours (Mon-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4 p.m.). 
  • It is reasonable to expect that SJB Faculty and Staff members will be responding to emails during the regular work day.   
  • We will communicate decisions with families via phone, e-mail, and on our social media - as we do in any situation that alters the regular school day (ie severe weather, etc.).
  • Should SJB move to a distance learning environment, we advise that students and families limit group gatherings outside of the distance learning school day to help limit exposure.
  • Expectations for students and teachers regarding Distance Learning will be published on this page and will be emailed to students and parents when and if the decision is made to close the school building. 
  • SJB will continue to monitor information that is provided to us by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as other governmental agencies as appropriate. Additionally, we’ve included a list of helpful resources below.

Resources

How to Talk to Kids about COVID-19

Center for Disease Control COVID-19 Updates

MDH COVID-19 Resource Page

MDH COVID-19 Fact Sheet