To the St. John the Baptist Parish and School Family:

You may have seen yesterday's Daily Update with information from Archbishop Hebda regarding Phase 2, reopening for public Mass. If not, you can find that information HERE .

It has come to my attention that given our evolving situation with regard to the reopening of Masses, some parishes have elected to host small public Masses of nine persons in addition to the priest celebrant. This is now allowed under the current (and we hope, soon-to-be-relaxed even further) directives. In our steady and continuing staff conversations about the reopening process, and in my own prayer and reflection, it has been determined that this is not a good option for us at St. John’s. Parishes smaller than ours might be in a better position to get more of their parishioners to church in this way, but we have reasoned that such a small number in our large parish would mean that only a very select few would be able to attend Mass, and that the majority of parishioners would have to wait—likely until a much larger number of people could attend anyway. In other words, the very slight relaxation we were given provides us with the proverbial “distinction without a difference.” 

In the meantime, the parish staff has been working with great diligence and care to develop a plan for the restoration of Mass and the welcoming of a larger number of people into our worship space to celebrate the Eucharist. To pivot away from the plans already made in the hopes of welcoming such a comparatively small number of people would be too cumbersome. I am grateful especially to our maintenance team, on whom will fall much of the burden and attention to detail when we are all allowed to be back in the building. 

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Benjamin Little

Public Mass will begin upon direction from Archbishop Hebda. For now, that anticipated start time is to be determined (TBD). Until that determination, there is no public Mass being held. You are invited to continue to watch our livestream Masses that are offered daily at 8AM or on Sunday at 10AM on our YouTube Channel.

Below is a document for your reference. This document instructs the faithful as to the procedures St. John's will follow as soon as public Masses resume. Under the visual of this document is a link to this document as a PDF for you to print for reference.
Monday, May 25 at 8AM via Livestream

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions on public worship, we will not be able to hold our Memorial Day Mass at the cemetery this year. The military graves at our cemetery will still be marked as usual, and you are still welcome to visit the cemetery. We will still have our daily livestream Mass at 8AM on Monday, May 25 which will be in honor of all who have died in military service to their country.
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