Public Masses Suspended
A message from Bishop W. Shawn McKnight
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
I know you join me in concern for all who are being affected by the rapid spread of the coronavirus. Today, I am announcing that all public Masses will be suspended in the Diocese of Jefferson City, beginning on Wednesday, March 18 and until at least April 3.
This is in keeping with the federal directives and other public entities in our area. We offer this decision as part of our effort to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.
This means all Catholics are dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass in person. Online opportunities are listed on our website, and some parishes will be able to provide online Masses. Catholics are encouraged to check with their local parish regarding online Masses.
Click here to read Bishop McKnight’s full statement and find the latest resources from the Diocese.
Current Procedures at Newman
Participate in Mass online: Click here to watch our livestream Mass. We are livestreaming daily Mass and the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass on our Facebook page, @comonewman. You can view the livestream even if you do not have access to Facebook. The livestream will begin 15 minutes prior to the Mass time, and the video will be available to view at the same link after the Mass is over. Read this Livestream Mass Guide if you are having trouble accessing the livestream.
For those in quarantine: If you are self-quarantined due to age or health and need someone to check on you every few days via phone, the Long Term Care/Homebound Ministry team will help you. If you need an essential item such as groceries or medications, let us know. We will try to identify a resource to help you. Contact the parish office at (573) 449-5424 or email Janet Kelly, receptionist, at [email protected].
Building Hours: The building will be open Monday through Saturday from 8-10:30 a.m. and 2-5 p.m. and on Sundays from 2-5 p.m. Priests will be available during those times if you would like to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and/or the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. The regularly scheduled times of Reconciliation on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 4-4:30 p.m. will continue.
Jesus has been moved to the Tabernacle in the main Chapel, and you are welcome to pray there while the building is open. Please be mindful of distancing and having less than 10 people in the Chapel at any time. Please enter through the side door on Turner Avenue. The parish office will be closed, as well as the classrooms upstairs and the student lounge. Staff will continue to regularly check phones and emails.
Event Cancellations: Per the Diocese’s directives, all scheduled in-person events have been canceled now until April 3, including the Lenten Penance Service.
Campus Ministry Information
As all the campuses we serve grapple with the news of remote classes, St. Thomas More Newman Center and Parish staff is with you, especially our students, faculty, and staff as you grieve the loss of these months on campus. To our seniors, we are working on moving as much of our planned senior sendoff process online as we can and will keep you updated on the process. Our mission does not change, even as our circumstances do. Our staff will be working together in the next few days and will communicate new ways we may all be able to be a part of our parish as a center of charity and mercy.
Click here to read the latest updates from the Office of the Chancellor at the University of Missouri.
Ephesians 3 (E3): For the rest of the spring semester, Ephesians 3 will be available virtually. Visit our Facebook page, where talks will be posted on Wednesdays at 9 p.m.