RESUMPTION OF PUBLIC MASS AT MARY QUEEN OF PEACE

WELCOME BACK TO MASS AT MARY QUEEN OF PEACE!

All four Missouri Bishops have dispensed the faithful from the obligation to attend Mass
on Sunday until further notice. 


Because of the pandemic, coming together to  celebrate of the Eucharist
will look a bit different for awhile. We make these changes with your safety in mind, and in compliance with directives from the Archdiocese of St. Louis,the state of Missouri and the County of St.  Louis. 

Before Mass

  • If you are symptomatic or have been exposed to another with the virus within 14 days, you will not have permitted to enter the church, in accordance with national, state and local health directives. You are asked to check your temperature at home before coming to church.
  • If you are at risk because of an underlying health issue or over 60, you are strongly encouraged, for their own health, to avoid the risk of attending public celebrations of the Mass. As always, those unable to come to Mass because of age or illness can contact our Pastoral Associate Mary Ann Zimmerman to arrange a visit by a Eucharistic minister. She can be reached at 314-962-2311 or mazimmerman@mqpwg.org

Mass Information

  • Mary Queen of Peace will be celebrating daily Mass publicly at 6:45 am and 8 am. 
  • Mary Queen of Peace will begin celebrating the weekend Masses at 5 pm Saturday, and 8 am, 10:30 am and 5 pm Sunday. 
  • We will no longer be celebrating Mass on 8 am Saturdays.
  • The church will have separate doors for entering and exiting. You will enter the church through the front door on Lockwood and exit through the side doors closest to the altar. 
  • Pews and chairs will be marked to provide for social distancing.
  • You will also see signage inside and outside of the church to help with social distancing and to provide direction, and greeters will be there to help.
  • We will be cleaning and sanitizing the church frequently. 
  • All hymnals and missalettes will to be removed from the pews. You are encouraged to bring your own missal for use during the celebration of Mass. We are also projecting prayers and songs on the wall during Mass and we provide an email weekly whereby you can see the readings and songs on your phone or print them at home and bring to Mass.
  • Hand sanitizer will be made available throughout the church, whenever possible.
  • You will be obliged to wear a mask upon entering the church and, during the celebration of Mass, except for the brief moment of receiving Holy Communion.  We will be enforcing this without exception. If you arrive without a mask, we will provide you one. CDC guidelines state that children under two or anyone unable to remove their own mask should not wear them. 
  • Our priests will be maintaining a six-foot distance and will not be greeting you as you enter the church or gym.
  • Families are to maintain six-foot distancing between their family and other families or individuals throughout the celebration of Mass
  • Offertory processions will be suspended as well as the sign of peace. We will use stationary baskets, together with our usual precautions for securely collecting donations. They will be placed at the entrance and exits.
  • Eucharistic ministers will be masked, will sanitize their hands immediately before and after distributing Communion, and will utilize a disinfectant wipe to sanitize their fingers when incidental contact is made with the communicant.
  • There will be no distribution of Holy Communion from the chalice. For those who suffer from celiac disease, please contact Father John.
  • Communicants will receive the Host in the hand.
  • When approaching the priest or Eucharistic minister, you should pull your mask or other facial covering below your chin and present one hand resting on the palm of the other. After responding “Amen,” you should reverently place the Eucharist in your mouth and immediately replace your mask or other facial covering.

After Mass

  • Family units should depart the church in an organized manner wearing masks and observing six feet of distance between other households.
  • You are asked not to congregate in the church, gym or parking lot after Mass.
     

Sacraments, Such as First Communions, Confirmations, Weddings, Funerals, and Special Events

Father John has been given permission to schedule the Sacraments in keeping with the requirements of public safety. 

Mary Queen of Peace is canceling all events, including XLT, Adoration, and any other scheduled event through at least August 1st. The only exceptions may be the American Red Cross Blood Drive and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul clothing and furniture drive. Decisions will be made closer to the events.