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Thanks to a conversation between Arnold Jansen and Danny Seiler, we are going to be able to livestream Mass from St. John Church tomorrow morning at 8:00on our parish Facebook page. That address is St. John’s Parish Leopold MO. If you have trouble accessing our Facebook page, please contact Danny at 208-8997. Danny will be in the choir loft working the camera and sound system. I appreciate his efforts which will help to keep us united in prayer during this unprecedented time of not being able to gather for Holy Mass. If our livestream works well, we will continue to livestream Mass each Sunday at 8:00 while public Masses are suspended. It is amazing what modern technology can allow us to do, even at times for the Glory of God.
Remember, you can also view the Mass live streamed with Bishop Rice on the diocesan Facebook page these Sundays at 9:00 a.m. Mass is available on EWTN at 7:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m., and 11:00 p.m. Mass is broadcast over AM 960 KZIM Radio each Sunday at 8:30 a.m. from St. Mary Cathedral in Cape.
Readings for this Sunday come from the 5th Sunday of Lent. To prepare well for Mass, I encourage families to read the readings together aloud about twenty minutes before Mass or tonight.
Through this crisis and always, our Jesus is with us every step of the way.
Peace in Christ,
As of late today, March 26, Bishop Rice has ordered Pastors to lock all church buildings and adoration chapels until further notice. This is being done in cooperation with civil authorities in an attempt to stop the rapid spread of the Coronavirus. Ten counties in our diocese now have confirmed cases of the virus. This means that our two parish churches will no longer be open at the previously announced times, and we will discontinue weekly Monday Eucharistic Adoration. All of this is in affect until further notice. As the Bishop stated in his memo to us, this is very sad but the right thing to do to protect and save lives.
Bishop also reminds us that medical personnel are in desperate need of medical or construction masks. Masks can be donated to St. Francis Medical Center by emailing email@example.com We have closed the Parish Office to the public. Cindy is working there, but I ask that any parish business be done over the phone or through email. In a couple of weeks, we will have a permanent drop-box installed on the office door so that people can leave letters, receipts, contribution envelopes, etc.
Jennifer will continue to publish the parish bulletin online.
Let us hold in our prayers and rosaries those who are sick with this very contagious virus, the doctors and nurses who are putting themselves at risk by their care for these individuals, and those who are working hard to find a successful vaccine.
Please remember that I am still here for each and everyone of you. I love you, and I miss you. If you have any special prayer requests, please call me at 238-3300 ext. 2. Please call me if you would like to celebrate the Sacrament of Confession; we can do that in the St. Michael Room in the rectory basement. If you wish to remain anonymous, simply state your request when you call but not your name. Also call if you are in need of the Anointing of the Sick.
I ask that you share all of this information with parishioners who do not have access to the parish web site. Watch for further updates and announcements regarding this rapidly changing situation. Again, thank you Aimee Hampton for posting these messages on our site.
UPDATED: BISHOP RICE'S MASS SCHEDULE
For the foreseeable future, Bishop Rice will celebrate the following liturgical events at Immaculate Conception Parish in Springfield:
* An All-STUDENT (Catholic School, Home School, Public School Students) Mass will be live-streamed this Friday, March 27, at 8:30 a.m.
* Stations of the Cross will be live-streamed this Friday, March 27, at 3:00 p.m.
* Mass will be live-streamed this Sunday, March 29, at 9:00 a.m.
Note to Principals AND Catechetical Leaders/ DREs/ PSR TEACHERS & All who want to join these liturgical events:
* Go to the Immaculate Conception website at https://www.ic-parish.org
* Scroll down and click on the blue Facebook Icon. The feed will come up with a red "live" tag, then click the play arrow to begin. If you miss the scheduled time for the live event, it will be recorded and posted the same day on the Immaculate Conception Parish website at
https://www.ic-parish.org; Scroll down and click on the blue Facebook Icon; Go to the left side of page to "videos"; All current liturgical events are listed by date.
PLEASE NOTE: A Facebook account is not necessary to view these events.
Note from Bishop Rice: I am grateful to Father Tom Kiefer and his staff for making this available to me so that I may celebrate Mass especially with our students. I am grateful to Leslie Eidson, Diocesan Director of Communications, for keeping our diocesan Facebook page live and up-to-date with the live-stream Masses occurring at various parishes throughout the diocese. Thank you to all of you who are live-streaming your parish Masses for your parishioners. This is a labor of love and a beautiful way to stay in touch with them during this trying time.
M-W-F: 7:20 am; Tuesday: 5:45 pm; Thursday: 8:30 am
Sunday: 8:00 am and 10:00 am
Saturday: 4:00 pm
2nd & 4th Wednesday 6:00 pm
Tuesday: 5:15 - 5:40
Sunday: 7:20 - 7:50; 9:30 - 9:50
Or by appointment, contact Pastor.
Every Mon. 7:00 am to Tues. 7:00 am
Father David Coon
Church Secretary: Cindy Thele
Phone: (573) 238-3300
Fax: (573) 238-2450
St. John Church,
PO Box 83
Leopold, MO 63760-0083
DRE: Nick Elfrink 573-238-4503
Music Director: Daniel Seiler 573-208-8997
Kyla Langston 573-225-0608
Amanda McDonough 573-238-5199
Cemetery: Ashton James 573-579-7158