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Bishop McKnight extends pandemic protocols to 11/27/2020

August 29, 2020

Updated instructions regarding the pastoral practices in time of pandemic Bishop McKnight has issued a decree to go into effect on September 12. The decree extends the dispensation from attending Sunday Mass in person until November 27, 2020. The Bishop does caution all the faithful that a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass does…

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The coming school year

July 11, 2020

Hello, All My Friends in Christ! Our parish commissions have spent innumerable hours developing, with your input, a pastoral plan that builds up our current community, expands our efforts to evangelize, and engages us in becoming a center of mercy and charity. At this time in our history, we are facing a difficult challenge. It…

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Providing for Worship

June 26, 2020
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One feature of the Eucharist is its deceptive simplicity. In form, matter, and personnel, it seems that the Mass requires little. Liturgists have identified this aspect of the Roman Rite in a positive light as “noble simplicity”. The simple furnishings required:  an altar, a chair, and ambo. The simple proclamation of the word. Very ordinary…

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Continuing Vigilance and Generosity of Spirit

June 19, 2020
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In Governor Parson’s executive order lifting statewide health restrictions on June 16, and Bishop McKnight’s subsequent response to the executive order, local leadership has been called upon to assume a greater responsibility for keeping people healthy during this pandemic. Here are a few points to consider as we respond to a continuing crisis. You hear…

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Decreto Nuevo del Obisbo McKnight de 15 Junio 2020

June 17, 2020

DECRETO: Sobre las actividades pastorales en la diócesis de Jefferson City Tras la Declaración del Gobernador que levanta las restricciones estatales para la pandemia COVID-19 Nuestra Señora del Lago está formulando nuestra respuesta y prácticas al Decreto del 15 de junio de 2020. Esta semana se publicarán actualizaciones de los procedimientos de misa, reuniones de…

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Adaptations to Ministry

May 15, 2020
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For the last two months I’ve been managing the stress of dealing with the pandemic by thinking of it as a temporary break from the normal routine, a break during which I may miss significant features of my life, but most likely can make up for everything in a short while. Once I managed the…

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Script for Sunday Mass in times of Social Distancing [updated 6-19-20]

May 7, 2020
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Thank you so much for taking the time to read these instructions. It is such a challenging time, requiring us to take on a holy discipline so different from what we are accustomed to. Thank you for understanding that these instructions are for the benefit of everyone and require a generosity of spirit that might…

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Worship in the Time of a Pandemic

May 2, 2020

With this article, I am initiating our parish’s response to Governor Parson’s publication of new orders concerning social interaction in business and in other public places, and the special instructions from Bishop McKnight on the continued implementation of his decrees on pastoral activity during this time of pandemic. Looking at the trends in cases of…

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Script for Daily Mass in times of Social Distancing

May 2, 2020
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Familiarize yourself with the decrees from Bishop McKnight which pertain to the pastoral activity of the parish in this time of pandemic. These decrees still apply in full; however the recent instruction of April 28 allows for limited public services after May 3 as the health situation of a community warrants it. Decree of March…

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Current Office Procedures for Social Distancing

March 18, 2020

In order to help limit exposure for our parishioners and staff, we have implemented some new policies.  First, just a reminder that all public liturgies and devotions have been cancelled until at least April 3rd. Second, we ask that, as much as possible, any church business be conducted by phone, email, or online. If it…

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