Messages, Updates and Inspirations from Fr. Coon

 Jesus is with us every step of the way.


5/23/2020 - Update to Sound

Thanks Danny!

Hello Friends,  
   Good news.  Danny Seiler has the sound system inside St. John Church connected to the electric bell system so that Mass can be heard outside the church in case the crowd is too large inside or if people just want to stay outside in a more open space where they might be less likely to contact the virus.  For either reason, feel free to bring a folding chair for being outside.  Remember, there is limited seating in both of our churches because every other pew is roped off in order to provide proper social distancing.  For those outside, once people start coming out after Mass, you may enter if you wish and come forward to receive Holy Communion.  
   Have a blessed day.  
   Jesus is with us every step of the way.  


05/20/2020 NEW UPDATE

Hello Everyone, 

Because numerous parishioners do not have access to the web site and due to the abundance of information in my post from yesterday, that information will be mailed to all parishioners. We plan to have it ready to mail by Thursday morning so that it will hopefully reach parishioners by Saturday. If you are asked to minister at Mass this weekend, please call me ahead of time for special instructions or read the online version of the bulletin which is usually available there by Friday. All ministries, including that of usher, have had to be adjusted. A change from yesterday’s post is that we are now seeking ONE Altar Server per Mass. Instructions will be in the online version of the bulletin, or parents may call with questions or for clarifications as all ministers may do. I welcome questions. 

If you are specifically able to minister at Mass on this upcoming holiday weekend, please let Cindy know by noon on Thursday. Her number is 238-3300 ext. 1. 

On a different topic but definitely related to the pandemic, a survey has been mailed to all St. John parishioners seeking your input on the 2020 Leopold Picnic. It was mailed Tuesday morning so hopefully you will have it by Thursday or Friday. It is super important that you fill out the survey and return it to the parish office via mail or collection basket by Monday, June 1, so that we can know your thoughts. This is very, very important. 

Jesus is with us every step of the way.

Peace in our Risen Lord, 



Beginning today, May 19, 2020


Hello Everyone, 

Beginning today, our churches will be open for personal prayer. 

St. John Church will be open from 8:00 a.m. until at least nightfall. 

St. Anthony Church will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Please use provided sanitary wipes or spray found in our center isles to sanitize the area where you prayed. Sanitary wipes can be thrown away in the wastebaskets found in or near our bathrooms. 

Bishop Rice has lifted the suspension of the celebration of public Masses. 

We will resume our usual Sacrament schedule this evening (5/19/20) with Confession from 5:15 to 5:40 and Mass at 5:45. Mass will be at 7:20 Wednesday through Friday and the weekend will be as usual. 

Until further notice, the following directives for Mass are in affect at the direction of our Bishop. 

Please share this information with those who do not have access to our web site. 

The distribution of Holy Communion will occur after the Final Blessing in order to limit the movement of so many people during the celebration of the Mass. For those who receive Holy Communion, you may offer your quiet Prayer of Thanksgiving back at your pew before leaving church. While distributing Holy Communion, priests and Extraordinary Ministers are to wear a mask. Ministers are to bring their own mask. The distribution of the Precious Blood, which is always optional, will not occur. Those who sit in the choir loft at St. John’s will need to come downstairs to receive Holy Communion. 

To prevent the spread of the virus on hard surfaces, and to avoid the need to sanitize every book that was used after every Mass, all hymnals and missalettes have been removed from the main body of our churches. If you wish to follow along with the readings, you may bring your own personal Missal from home, such as a St. Joseph Missal or The Magnificat. Singing is limited to the Holy, Acclamation, Great Amen, and Lamb of God. 

During Mass, no gift bearers or Altar Servers are to be utilized. 

Ushers will not take the collection from the congregation. A basket is to be placed near the entrances to our churches so that individuals may place their offerings in the baskets before or after Mass. 

To cut down on hand-to-hand contact, bulletins are not to be passed out but may be picked up from tables or bulletin racks after Mass.  

The Sign of Peace, which is always optional, will not occur. 

The wearing of a mask or face covering by individuals is recommended but not required. As stated above, a mask is only required for priests and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at the time Holy Communion is distributed. 

To maintain social distancing, seating will be available only in every other pew. The other pews will be roped off. While individual family members may sit closer together than six feet, a six foot distance is to be maintained from one family to another. 

After each Sunday Mass, pews will be sanitized. At St. John’s, KC Members have agreed to sanitize the pews through the month of June. Other parish group leaders are asked to call me by June 1 to volunteer your group for a future month. At St. Anthony’s, the Parish Council and PCCW will work together to sanitize the pews. For weekday Masses, no groups will be assigned. I simply ask that one or two individuals stay after Mass to accomplish this task. 

Because every other pew will be unoccupied for Mass, it is possible that we could reach seating capacity with still more people wanting to come into the church. To accommodate an overflow crowd at St. John's, Danny Seiler is working to try and get the church sound system hooked into our electric bell system so that the audio can be heard outside of church. Therefore, in case St. John Church gets full before you arrive, you may want to bring a folding chair so you can sit out in front of church in order to hear the Mass being celebrated. Then, if you wish to receive Holy Communion, you could come in at the end of Mass as people start to leave. 

A SPECIAL NOTE TO ALL USHERS IN BOTH PARISHES As our churches begin to fill with people, please assist with helping individuals and families find pews where they can sit and maintain the six foot distance as described above. Direct people outside when our seating capacities have been reached. 

Also, please open the church door to welcome each individual and family. This keeps multiple people from touching the door handles and possibly spreading the virus to others. 

Danny will continue live streaming our 8:00 Mass. But with the inside speakers now having to be turned up for those in the church, live streaming may not work because of poor audio quality like we had the first week. If good audio can not be maintained, live streaming will be discontinued. 

The obligation to attend Sunday Mass is still dispensed (lifted) by our Bishop. The elderly and those with underlying health conditions who would normally celebrate weekend Mass may want to consider celebrating one or more Masses during the week when fewer people are present in church. 

No dates for final preparations, or for the celebration of first Holy Communion, are being considered at this time. 

No date has been set for the resumption of weekly Eucharistic Adoration at St. John's. 

While this is an unprecedented situation for us all, please know that everything that is being asked is done so in an effort to do what we can to slow the spread of the virus while at the same time making the celebrations of Mass and Confession safely available to us. 

If you have any questions or need clarification on any of the above points, please do not hesitate to call me at 238-3300 ext. 2. This is an awkward time for all of us, but we will do our best for Jesus. Stay close to your loved ones. With those you live with pray together, enjoy suppers together with good listening and conversation, and have fun together. 

Please watch the flock note and web site for further updates and announcements. 

Thanks to Cindy Jansen and Aimee Hampton who make these social media opportunities readily available to us. Thanks also to Danny Seiler for all he is doing for us with live streaming Masses and now roping off pews in both churches and working for outside audio at St. John’s. 

As He has been, Jesus is with us every step of the way. 

Gratefully Yours in our Risen Lord, 

Fr. Coon


DDF to be held June 6 & 7

Diocesan Development Fund Campaign



We will be kicking off our Diocesan Development Fund Campaign on June 6 & 7. Since we are all gradually moving back into our churches for Mass, we ask that each parish and mission adopt a unique plan of support, in whatever ways possible. It is a critical time for the diocesan ministries which support our parishes.

We all know that some of our parishioners continue to suffer financially, or are very much concerned about their future income.  Therefore, we should emphasize a complete understanding that there are some of our supporters who would like to contribute, who will not be able to give. However, we need to ask those parishioners who are able to give, to do so. We hope those parishioners, who have not been financially effected, consider giving a little more this year, to help make up for those parishioners who do not have the ability to contribute. Regardless of each of our parishioners' ability to contribute, we need everyone to pray for the success of the campaign. 

As you personally speak to your parishioners in your Churches before our DDF weekend, please express the importance of the DDF campaign for our diocese and for your parish. We ask Pastors, who continue to live-steam Masses to their parishioners, to do the same. If some of our chairs or pastors are staying in phone or Email contact with their parishioners, it should be mentioned, whenever possible. If parishes have websites, DDF messages and the DDF video should be included on your parish website. Samples of announcements and Prayers of the Faithful are attached to this Email. Parishioners should also be directed to the diocesan website for the video and pertinent DDF information. 

We know that this campaign is totally different from any past efforts. If the diocese ever needed the support of Pastors, DDF Chairs, and other Parish leaders, it is now. Please do whatever is possible to support the campaign.

Thanks for all you will do to help.


Live streaming Mass Announcements/ (or Live Mass Announcements) /Bulletin Announcements/ Parish Website 

Weekend of May 23 & 24

In a few weeks, we will be conducting our Diocesan Development Fund Campaign. I know some of you are suffering financially and may not be able to contribute this year. However, if you are able to contribute, we ask that you consider a pledge. If those parishioners who are able to contribute would give a little more, it could make up for those fellow parishioners who are not able to donate this year.

All of our registered households should have received a DDF mailing by now.   If you have not received the mailing, please call Tammy Stander at 417-866-0841.   She will mail you the information. Please review the materials. We are stressing participation. We need for all of us to work together, especially this year. Every gift helps. Please prayerfully consider assisting the diocese in funding the many ministries it provides for our parish and the other 85 parishes and missions in southern Missouri.

At the bottom of this email I have attached links that may be helpful to you and your parishioners.  Please encourage all to go to the Diocesan website (or the parish website) and view the DDF video this week.

Thank You!


As the diocese and our parish prepare for the annual DDF campaign, we ask our Lord to guide us in sharing our gifts with the diocese and greater Church, we pray to the Lord...

A medida que la diócesis y nuestra parroquia empieza la campaña anual del DDF, le pedimos a Dios para que nos guie de cómo compartir nuestros regalos con la diócesis y la Iglesia. Oremos al Señor...

Here are the links for the Diocesan website, the DDF video's in English and Spanish, and the Diocesan QR code that you can place on your parish website or in your bulletins.  If you have any trouble with these, please contact Tammy Stander at 417-866-0841 or by email at

Diocesan Website:

English Video:

Spanish Video:


Catholic Center, 601 S Jefferson Avenue, Springfield, MO 65806

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DDF video Links

English Video

 As the diocese and our parish prepare for the annual DDF campaign, we ask our Lord to guide us in sharing our gifts with the diocese and greater Church, we pray to the Lord... 

Spanish Video


A medida que la diócesis y nuestra parroquia empieza la campaña anual del DDF, le pedimos a Dios para que nos guie de cómo compartir nuestros regalos con la diócesis y la Iglesia. Oremos al Señor...


QR Code

Support for Veteran Families

SSVF - Catholic Charities of Southern Mo

From Fr. Coon - 3/29/2020

Mass will be live-streamed at 8:00 am

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 8:00 o 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,
Fr. Coon

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