Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Announcements

Current Announcements

Welcome to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) information webpage for St. Raphael the Archangel. This page will display all current announcements regarding Coronavirus impacting St. Raphael the Archangel.

For more information on the Coronavirus, please visit the CDC website here.

Updated 3/17/2020 at 1:03pm

You may have heard on the news that part of the Archbishop's memo to the pastors yesterday included a section instructing pastors to determine ways for people to continue to receive Holy Communion during the time Masses are closed to the public. 

This morning, we received a note from the Archdiocese stating that the Office of Worship is working to determine ways for Holy Communion to be distributed while maintaining the CDC Guidelines for social distancing and meeting the guidelines for the number of people who could be gathered in a place at one time. They hope to have some ideas for us tomorrow.

We appreciate your patience as we work through the issues stemming from the decision to close public worship at this time.

Updated 3/16/2020 at 5:39pm

This afternoon, we received an e-mail memorandum from Archbishop Carlson detailing the next steps the Archdiocese is taking to combat the Coronavirus. These moves are a serious and necessary effort to stem the tide of the virus.

At the direction of Archbishop Carlson, all Masses are closed to the public effective immediately. All other public prayers and devotions including Perpetual Help Devotions, Praying of the Rosary in common, and Stations of the Cross are likewise canceled. All other activities utilizing the campus of St. Raphael the Archangel are also canceled. These actions will continue until April 5, 2020.

The dispensation from Sunday Mass previously announced by Archbishop Carlson has been extended to include Palm Sunday Weekend, April 4th-5th.

Mass without any people in attendance will continue to be celebrated by the priests of the parish each day here at St. Raphael’s. Until further notice, weekday Mass will be celebrated at 7:00am. We will announce the time Sunday Mass will be celebrated in a later communication. We offer these times to you in case you would like to join in praying the Mass with us from your home and to make a spiritual communion at the time of Mass.

We will reevaluate the schedule of when Mass will be celebrated as streaming options come online to choose a time that is convenient for people to participate in the Mass as it is celebrated.

As Mass is closed to the public, all Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers, Servers, Ushers, and Music Ministers are not expected to come to minister for these Masses.

All Mass intentions at the direction of Archbishop Carlson will be assigned to other days after public Masses begin to be celebrated again. For now, each Mass will be celebrated for the people of the parish. Please contact the parish office if you have a Mass for yourself or a loved one scheduled between now and April 5th and would like to help in selecting a new date for that Mass to be offered.

The church will be open to the public for private prayer between 8:00am-7:00pm Monday-Saturday. We will determine a time for when the church will be open on Sunday when we set a time for Mass. Since the church is open for public prayer, Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays and First Fridays is also canceled. We are canceling Eucharistic Adoration in case people begin to get sick and cannot keep their time for Adoration.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will continued to be offered here on Tuesday evenings from 6:15-6:45pm and Saturday from 3:45-4:20pm. You may also contact the rectory to make an appointment to receive the sacrament from Msgr. Stehly or me. Additional times may be announced at a later date.

Updated 3/16/2020 at 9:35am

The Men's Club Meeting for Tuesday, March 17 has been canceled.

The Adult Choir Practice for Wednesday, March 18 has been canceled. 

Updated 3/15/2020 at 8:20pm

At the direction of the Archdiocese, our school will be closed until at least April 3, 2020. We will be in communication with school families about plans for e-learning in the coming days.

We are aware of the announcement of the Mayor of the City of St. Louis and are awaiting guidance from the Archdiocese as to how we will proceed. As for now, no new cancelations are being announced. 

Updated 3/14/2020 at 2:15pm

The Historical Society Meeting for Monday 3/16/2020 has been canceled. 

Updated 3/13/ 2020 at 7:27pm

All Boy Scout Activities are canceled until further notice. 

Updated 3/13/ 2020 at 7:23pm

All Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are dispensed from their Sunday obligation for the next three weekends (March 14-15, March 21-22, March 28-29). This dispensation should be used with good judgment and no one should excuse themselves lightly from Holy Mass.

Anyone who is sick, elderly, or vulnerable to illness due to a preexisting medical condition is urged to remain at home.

We will be working this week on ways to make Mass available online and will communicate those details as they are determined. 

All parish events other than the NCAA Watch Party and CYC events are still continuing at this time. For events other than parish liturgical functions, including parish meetings, club or group activities, or social events, I would ask that beginning on Monday, March 16, the group leader/organizer contact me no less than 24 hours before the event to discuss the event and to work together to decide if the event should be held or postponed.

Updated 3/13/2020 at 2:49pm

This announcement comes from the CYC and includes CYC EVENTS ONLY.  All other activities except the one noted below are still proceeding as scheduled:

As of today, March 13, 2020, all CYC games, practices, and activities will be suspended immediately. This includes the cancellation of the remainder of the basketball season and Archdiocesan Playoffs. Because of the scheduling difficulties, in addition to the burden on parents and volunteers, we do not anticipate re-scheduling playoffs.
No CYC activities, including practices, are to be held through at least March 31st.

Updated 3/13/2020 at 12:57pm

All scheduled events at St. Raphael the Archangel that are currently scheduled will go ahead as planned. The only change is the NCAA Watch Party on Thursday, March 19. This is canceled due to the NCAA Tournament being canceled. 

Steps St. Raphael the Archangel has taken to curb the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

At the direction of the Archbishop, no public celebration of Mass will occur until April 5th, 2020. All other public prayers, meetings, and activities are similarly canceled. 

The Archbishop has added the following changes as of 3/13/2020

At the suggestion of the Archbishop, the sign of peace will be suspended beginning on Saturday, March 14. 

We ask that if you will be coming to the Sacrament of Reconciliation that you go behind the screen instead of face-to-face. 

Following on the instructions of Archbishop Robert Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, St. Raphael's has implemented the following changes to our Masses:

- Sanitizing vessels used at Mass with free and clear dish soap and hot water

- The physical sign of peace has been suspended in favor of a wave or bow.

- Remaining at least three feet away from another person, when possible.

- Extraordinary Ministers are asked to only distribute Communion in the hand only.

- Those who choose to continue to receive Communion on the tongue are asked to approach one of the priests to receive Communion. 

- Holy Communion via the Chalice is suspended.

- Extraordinary Ministers are asked not to minister if they are not feeling well.

- All Holy Water Fonts at the church doors have been emptied.

- Greater availability of hand sanitizer.