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COVID-19

Click here to read Father Tom's letter dated May 22, 2020

Update on activities at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
Current as of
May 22, 2020

We know you are eager to return to Mass in person after so many weeks away. We have taken time to develop plans for seating and paths to Communion, as well as cleaning and sanitizing the sanctuary. Please be patient with us as our staff, ushers, Eucharistic ministers, lectors, and musicians learn new procedures and help you learn them as well. And, we know somewhere along the way, things will change (hopefully for the better).

precautions for returning to massThe City of Springfield and Greene County recently amended the "Road to Recovery" orders for Phase 2. Churchs are allowed to have 25 percent of the allowed occupancy, provided the six-foot distancing between household groups is maintained. To provide for this spacing and additional, all Masses (daily and weekend) will be celebrated in the sanctuary.

SEAS will continue to live-stream Sunday Mass on our parish Facebook page. We are adjusting the scheduled live-stream to the 9 a.m. Sunday Mass. Some weekday Masses will also be live-streamed, and we will do our best to give you advance notice on Facebook. (Use this link to Facebook to see our parish page.)

There will be baskets for your weekly contribution envelopes placed near the doors of the sanctuary for you to drop your gift. Or, you may continue to mail your envelope to the parish office (2200 W. Republic Road, Springfield, 65807), or use the online giving link on our parish website. We are grateful for your continued generosity. 

Please see the information below for important details about what to expect when returning to Mass.

  • If you feel ill, have a fever or shortness of breath, or are coughing, or if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, we ask that you please stay home.
  • We strongly encourage you to wear a mask or other face covering while in the church building.
  • Please follow instructions given to you by our ushers and greeters.
  • For everyone's health and safety, we must adhere to six-foot distancing between family groups when entering and exiting the building, while seated in the pews, and when receiving Communion.
  • Communion will be distributed at the end of Mass to those in attendance.
  • There are no missals in the pews, so please bring your personal copies of daily readings with you. You can find the readings for each at USCCB.org.
  • The Reservation Chapel will be open for private prayer. Please be mindful of the number of people present at any one time. The day chapel, however, will not be open.
  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation will resume on Saturdays at 3 p.m. Or, you may call the parish office to schedule an individual time with Father Tom or Father Colby.

If you need a priest or some form of assistance, please call the SEAS office at 417-887-6472
or email the parish office staff at [email protected].

Other elements of our parish life remain the same as during the stay-at-home order:

  • The Saint Vincent De Paul food pantry continues with distribution to those in need on Wednesdays. If you need food, please call the parish office, 887-6472, between 9:15 and 10:30 on Wednesday morning, to receive food that afternoon.
  • We’ve provided several links to online resources on this page to help you in your faith journey during this time of separation.

Symptoms of COVID-19
If you experience fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath, please contact your doctor’s office for advice.

Continue to visit our website for updates here, and if you have Facebook, be sure to follow our page and the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau’s page.

Phase 2 “Road to Recovery” orders issued by City of Springfield and Greene County

Bishop Rice has also provided an updated communication for clergy, deacons, and the faithful of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. You can read his letter here. In his letter, Bishop Rice outlines his continued suspension of public Masses for churches in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau through at least the weekend of May 16-17 and the dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation for our diocese.

COVID-19 Resources
Springfield-Greene County Health Department 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Information
For seniors 60 and older: Senior Age Area Agency on Aging
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Missouri COVID-19 Information Hotline: 877-435-8411