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Dear Parishioners,       Yesterday morning, as I stood outside the Church informing people that the Archbishop had suspended the public celebration of Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, and other group services, Bible studies, and activities, I couldn’t help asking myself if this was really necessary. Afterall, the state of Missouri has less then 20 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, no one in our parish seems to be affected, and I feel completely healthy. As I wrestled with that question in my mind as a priest, bioethicist, and human person, I was brought back to the day of my ordination to the priesthoo...

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  Dear Parishioners,             Just after 4:00 pm on Monday March 16, 2020, Archbishop Carlson issued a mandate suspending the public celebration of Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, and other group services, Bible studies, and activities, beginning immediately. When I was ordained a priest, I made a promise of respect and obedience to the archbishop. In that spirit of obedience and in accordance with this mandate, I will continue to offer Holy Mass daily, but in private, and will still hear Confessions on Saturday evening at 4:00 pm, but only from behind t...

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